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Zam The Clown


What follows is a transcript of the telephone interview that Malaysia’s Minister of Information Zainuddin Maidin (ZAM) gave to the Doha-based TV Network Al-Jazeera (AJ) over the 5.00pm bulletin yesterday, moments after the BERSIH memo was delivered to Royal Palace at the close of the biggest anti-government protest in Malaysia in ten years.

ZAM: ….I commend your journalists trying to project, to exaggerate more than what actually happened. That, that, that, that’s it. We, we are not, the, the — and I, I congratulate your journalists behaving like an actor, that, that’s —

AJ: As you say that, sir, we’re watching scenes of protesters being sprayed by chemical-filled water …

ZAM (interrupts): Ya, I am watching, I hear, [?] …. trying to do it everywhere but in Malaysia people are allowed, to, you know [?] … Police have allowed the procession to go to the Istana Negara, you know, do police, first police, like, they handle them, they [?] them, they … the police don’t, don’t, don’t fire anybody …

AJ: Our correspondent came back to the office, sir, with chemicals in his eyes!

ZAM (speaking over her): … You, you, you, you are here with the idea, you are trying to project, what is your mind, you think that we are Pakistan, we are Burma, we are Myanmar, everything you, you are thinking …

AJ: Well unfortunately when you refuse to let people protest, it does appear so.

ZAM (speaking over her): …Ya, ya, we are not like you, you have early perception, you come here, you want to project us like undemocratic country. This a democratic country!

AJ: So why can’t people protest then, if it’s a democratic country?

ZAM (interjects at “protest then”): Ya, people protest, people then — first they protest, we are allowing protests, and they have demonstrated. But we just trying to disperse them and then later they, you know, disperse, but later our police compromise. They have compromised and allowed them to proceed to Negara. Police, our police have succeeded in handling them gently, right? Why do you report that and you take the opposition, someone from opposition party you ask him to speak, you don’t take from the government, right?

AJ: Why did you not break up these protesters —

ZAM (interrupting): Pardon? Pardon? Pardon?

AJ: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

ZAM: I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you.

AJ: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

ZAM: No we, we are, we, this protest is illegal. We don’t want, this, the, normally … (slight pause, then continues to talk while she interjects)

AJ (interjecting): OK, so let me return to my former question. Why is this protest illegal?

ZAM (babbling on): Ya it’s illegal protest because (AJ: Why?) we have the election in Malaysia. It’s no, no point on having the protest, we are allowing to have every, an election every five years, never fail. We not our like, are not like Myanmar, not like other country. And, and you are helping this. You Al-Jazeera also is helping this, this forces, the, you know, these forces who are not [?], who don’t believe in [?] …

AJ (seems to want to say something, but decides not to): I don’t … many thanks for joining us.

ZAM: I don’t, ya, you, Jazeera, this is, is Al-Jazeera attitude. Right?

(she doesn’t reply. In the background, the chants of the protesters fill the silence)

(credit : transcript obtained from idlethink(v3) : a faint blue idea of order | solidarity – http://www.idlethink.com/bersih/)

Do you guys understand what he was trying to say? I barely understand, even half of what he spoke. Maybe my Engrish no powder, need get more powder make it more power like him…To think that he is our Information Minister…. pfttttt!!!! With his pathetic English, the way he answered the questions, note the inconsistencies. Nampaknya pembangunan modal insan yang amat dititik beratkan oleh pentadbiran Pak Lah amatlah berjaya dan kita dapat lihat sendiri betapa berkualitinya Menteri Penerangan kita.  (Looks like the emphasize on human capital development by our government is on the right course!! Just look at YB Zam) But, he truly lives up to his name, Zam The Clown. No sweat, for him. Muahahahaha!!

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10 Responses to “Zam The Clown”

  1. zewt wrote on Nov 12, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    did he pass his english in SPM?

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  2. cibol wrote on Nov 12, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    ha ha ha .. dude, I knew you’d blog about it. I’ve been commenting on blogs with this entry, I mean about the bersih rally .. but it seems like nobody got what i’m trying to say .. he’s damn funny dude .. so farking lanjiao the engrish .. my Goodness

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  3. lynnx01 wrote on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:23 am

    stewpig-ness

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  4. Mandeep wrote on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Al Jazeera sure gave him a spanking! i can hear the tight clapping sound on his furry butt cheeks reading this conversation. lol

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  5. puvanan wrote on Nov 13, 2007 at 3:01 am

    I don’t understand what the hell he is talking about! Crack!

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  6. 9.5 wrote on Nov 13, 2007 at 6:18 am

    Information minister? How can one get information from such gibberish?

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  7. vegemaster wrote on Nov 13, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    HAHAHA.. just another jackass whom is now world famous..
    Malaysia Boleh!!! Wooo~

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  8. michaelooi wrote on Nov 14, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    our ministers can be such a disgrace sometimes…

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  9. Gina wrote on Nov 15, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Sometimes??? The Ministers here embarrass the country and the people ALL THE TIME.It’s time for us to determine our future. I couldn’t help thinking we are trapped in between the Devil and the Red Sea.

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