Don’t listen to rumours, listen to me!

Posted on June 30, 2008

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By Helen Ang

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Why is there a constant appeal for Malaysians to disregard rumours? Rumours abound because the West and Singapore are jealous of our success. Because there is an international Zionist conspiracy afoot. Because MSM is doing a great job. Because Malaysia Boleh.

Back in September and October last year, both Mukhriz and Mokhzani had to publicly dispel rumours on their father’s ill health. They were right. Dr Mahathir is healthy as an ox – look at his recent sterling performance on Justice Ian Chin.

Below, a random sampling of reminders and denials in no particular order.

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“Don’t listen to rumours. Listen to me. I’m the CID chief.”

Bakri Zinin when asked whether Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was arrested before making his ‘sodomy’ police report against Anwar Ibrahim – June 29, 2008

“Don’t listen to rumours, we’ve not arrested him.”

– Penang acting police chief Salleh Mat Rasid on whether Karpal Singh was being held for sedition – May 13, 2008

“Ya-lah. Those were rumours. All the dates were wrong. That’s why I said they were rumours.”

– PM Abdullah Badawi on his earlier denials of a remarriage to Jeanne – June 6, 2007

“The Queen is not coming.”

– Hindraf legal advisor P. Uthayakumar on Queen Elizabeth II making an appearance at the British High Com in KL – Nov 21, 2007

“Please don’t listen to rumours and coffeeshop talk. If you have a doubt, mail me or get in touch with me through [my] blog to clear the doubt.”

– MIC information chief M. Saravanan – May 30, 2008

“He is definitely not dead. We will surely tell you if something like that happens.”

– Indian Progressive Front deputy president V. Senggutuan on party founder and president MG Pandithan – March 7, 2008.  *He passed away April 30.

Don’t believe rumours that there is unrest in Penang. The permit approved for public gathering is on Maulidur Rasul, not a political gathering.

Northeast district police chief ACP Azam Abdul Hamid – March 17, 2008.

Police will take action against those who spread rumours about disturbances in several areas in Perak.

– state CID chief, SAC II Ismail Yatim – March 12, 2008

Don’t listen to rumours that you will be left out of the development to take place in the IDR; these rumours are the work of irresponsible people out to poison the minds of the people.
– Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman – Oct 22, 2007.

“That’s rumour only. Don’t listen to rumour.”

– Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin on speculation that Sabah Umno MPs would jump ship – May 21, 2008.

“Don’t believe rumours. Nobody approached us. We don’t have the time and we don’t have the interest so far.”

– PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang on talk that BN was courting his party  – April 11, 2008.

“Trust me. If it was really me, I would have gone into hiding.”

– Rock singer Ella after lodging a police report on rumours that she and her sister Jojie were in a sex video – July 28, 2007.

“The information posted on the blog website may be something provocative, politically motivated, inaccurate and is mostly rumour floated for the interests of certain parties.”

– [former] Information Minister Zainuddin Mydin – March 21, 2007.

“Despite the wild allegations against me, I believe it is best for me not to comment as the matter is still being heard in court.”

– Deputy PM Najib Razak on Altantuya – May 15, 2008.