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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Tun Mahathir, Proton, Mahaleel and the AP Saga

I finally read the two articles on Tun Mahathir today during my lunch break. The first article was his press release regarding the AP and Datuk Seri Rafidah issue. The second was an interview by the tabloid with him on Tengku Mahaleel’s dismissal.

I won’t be giving you a political or economical commentary here, I think many other qualified people have done so (Like
Jeff Ooi, MackZul and Paul Tan).

What I’d like to say is my humble observations on Proton, our former Prime Minister, Tengku Mahaleel and the AP saga.

  • Tun Mahathir is an angry man. Any bystander can notice that. For those of us who have been observing him for more than 20 years, the way he speaks and answers reporter questions is typical, vintage Mahathir. Some find it dismissive, irrelevant and temperamental, others call him a PR genius.

  • Not only that, he is also annoyed with some of his ministers in his former cabinet, especially the UMNO ones. Of course he won’t say who, but he makes that reference a few times. On Rafidah, he neither defends or openly criticizes her, but you can guess they won’t be teeing off together this Sunday.

  • For an 80-year guy, he sure looks good. My tea-lady insists it’s because of… oh, never mind.

  • I don’t think Tengku Mahaleel’s is the end of the world for him. Hundreds of other companies, bumi or non-bumi will be knocking on his door to get him on their board of directors.

  • Perodua makes better quality cars than Proton. Those who have driven both models can attest to that.

  • About the AP list. For years everyone in the industry roughly knows who’s on the list. So why the fuss? Because I think the release of the list was a knee-jerk reaction to the pressure. Now that it’s out, what’s next?

  • With all this brouhaha, will someone tell me when are they going to reduce the excise tax for imported cars?

  • The Wira model is more than 10 years old. The Iswara is nearing 20. Kind of weird to be paying more than RM40k for ancient models, wouldn’t you say?

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    • tun mahatir still looks good because?? what did your tea lady say?

      By Blogger yuin, at 7/27/2005 07:35:00 pm  

    • OK, i'll say it here. B'coz he doesn't eat fish. Apparently his mom said it contained worms that's bad for you. That's what my tea-lady said...

      By Blogger Simon, at 7/27/2005 09:26:00 pm  

    • perodua indeed builds better quality cars. my 1.5 yr old kelisa still feels like new (under constant tlc also, ehm), while my friend's new iswara looks screwed up inside and outside after a couple of months of being used.

      buy perodua, folks!

      By Blogger coppersnare, at 7/27/2005 10:25:00 pm  

    • "The Wira model is more than 10 years old. The Iswara is nearing 20. Kind of weird to be paying more than RM40k for ancient models, wouldn’t you say?"

      bloody excellent point!

      By Blogger cccp, at 7/27/2005 10:44:00 pm  

    • Someone is definitely lying here.

      However, the question is, who is lying?

      This time, Dr. M has nothing to lose and the ball landed in Rafidah court.

      Go consult Aisehman, the man.

      By Blogger SK, at 7/27/2005 11:54:00 pm  

    • hmmm.....your tea lady is very wise.....

      By Blogger yuin, at 7/27/2005 11:58:00 pm  

    • Muaharharhar!!! I don't eat much fish so I will look good when I'm 80? Yes? No?

      Anyway, I think his double chin is sagging badly already. He looks abit you know, worn out. 3 years ago, he was glowing. I think after he stepped down, tak cukup supplement already lah

      There's definitely a belakang lorong cerita bout Tun M & Ms. R

      Perodua MyVi manual can actually ALMOST keep up with the speed of a Vios 1.5. Tested already.

      Excise tax according to everchanging rumours will be reduced in year 2007

      By Blogger wildcharm, at 7/28/2005 02:16:00 am  

    • he gave back the cars given to him by Proton ler... Why he did that? I think, what goes around, comes around.

      By Blogger Dangerous Variable, at 8/29/2005 09:36:00 am  

    • hey guys...
      why u all always want to find other people mistakes...
      do u ever thing wht he had done during the hard time????
      think of this...
      dont only know how to criticise people..
      think wisely before u talk..
      it only mirrored your maturity ok..


      By Blogger andrew14, at 7/12/2006 09:40:00 pm  

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