January 7, 2018
A Youth’s Take – A weekly column by Zaidi Azmi
MAKING claims is something that all politicians do and while some are good at it, there are many who are not.
Some of these over-the-top exclamations are so outrageous that it begs the question just who on earth would believe these crocks.
But not surprisingly some do.
With this year being an election year, it is not surprising if even more far-fetched claims are made.
For those who may have forgotten what tall-tales sound like, here’s a recap of some of the fantastic boasts made in the past couple of years.
My husband is god’s gift to Malaysians!
Braving through all odds since her husband’s fallout with Barisan Nasional, there is no disputing the undying love PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has for her husband, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
And in 2010 – during PKR’s seventh national congress – Wan Azizah finally exclaimed how “heavenly” Anwar was to her and all Malaysians as well.
“What is his secret in staying strong to this day? My answer: Anwar Ibrahim is god’s gift to us all and because of that, he will be our leader,” she said.
Why didn’t god prevent Anwar from being jailed for sodomy five years after the claim was made is as good as anybody’s guess.
But judging from the amount of press statements he was able to freely issue from behind bars, perhaps Anwar’s divine stature may not be a mere flight of fancy after all.
MO1 is the Agong!
This claim was made when almost every politically savvy Malaysian was busy guessing the identity of the Malaysian official named in a civil forfeiture proceeding initiated by the United States Department of Justice relating to money said to be siphoned off from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Where the opposition insisted that the official (MO1) was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, a Barisan Nasional member of parliament for Langkawi Datuk Nawawi Ahmad retorted that MO1 was the then-Agong Tuanku Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
“In the federal Constitution all three pillars of the country (judiciary, executive and legislative) are answerable to the number one man in Malaysia, who is the Agong. So logic dictates that MO1, as per the Constitution, is the Agong,” wrote Nawawi at Facebook.
Expectedly, he landed in hot soup but instead of apologising, he said that the haters misunderstood him.
“That’s a lie. I did not say MO1 is the Agong. All I did was point out that the definition of MO1 fits the bill of the most influential man in the country, which is the Agong.”
Only lunatics say weak ringgit is bad!
If you think a weak currency is bad, then according to Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz you’re probably crazy.
In August 2015, Nazri claimed that the weakening of the ringgit from RM3.76 to RM3.98 against the greenback was good for the country’s tourism, insisting that a weak ringgit begets the arrival of more foreign tourists.
“It is also good for local tourists as they will be more inclined to go on holidays in the country instead of abroad. Only lunatics can’t understand what I’m saying,” he said.
One can quibble whether or not he had a point but certainly the weakening of the ringgit would translate poorly on the people’s purchasing power, especially since a country like Malaysia does not produce every single good that is sold at the supermarket.
But if one does not have enough money to buy goods then would it not be equally crazy for them to be holidaying?
This candle wick can save fuel!
Believing that he could help ease the people’s fuel price-driven suffering, Amanah vice-president Datuk Husam Musa claimed that he had a scientific tool that could reduce an automobile’s fuel usage.
When the additive –which resembled a thick candle wick – sinks into the fuel tank, its active ingredient will, claimed Husam, facilitate engine combustion.
“It’s not magic, it’s science. This additive allows the fuel’s molecules to become rounder and solid which in turn makes it possible for it to achieve complete combustion and it can also increase the engine’s capacity,” said Husam in the additive’s promotional video.
When Husam’s claim was brought to his attention, petroleum engineering expert Professor Ahmad Kamal Idris of Universiti Teknologi Petronas broke into a fit of laughter.
“I don’t understand how fuel molecule can combust easier if it becomes more rounded and solid,” quipped Kamal.
Frankly professor, neither do I.
If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]