Malaysiakini : Marina Mahathir has issued an apology following an error in a column
in which she wrongly attributed a 'shoot to kill' threat made to
Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s to the home minister at the time.
controversial statement was not made by then home minister Ghazali
Shafie but actually issued by Marina's father, then deputy prime
minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
BlueCrab6133 : I once thought that Marina was a genuine commentator on the ills that are manifest in this nation, mostly due to the evil that her father unleashed. Now, it is becoming more and more apparent that the gift for disguising and repackaging wicked intentions and deeds is a trait that has can be passed on from father to daughter. Disgusting is a word that comes to mind. No one believes you anymore Marina. Time to shut up.
She will NOT believe this????
annoying citizen : they should have shot the boat carrying your grand father when they sailed to Malaya.
OrangeKancil6903 : Boo.... go away. Not interested in your book, The Apple and the Tree. Both are rotten to the roots. Trying to gloss over your traitorous father's sin ? I remember vividly in the New Straits Times headline captions then where he says to "shoot on sight" those Vietnamese boatpeople entering Malaysian waters.
When there was an international uproar, he blamed the Press for misquoting him, he says it was "Shoo". Nobody is a fool when it comes to Dr. Mahathir, only the Ketuanan will swallow his lies; hook, line and sinker.
Koel: What a disappointment you are, Marina. And this apology sounds equally disappointing. A memory lapse, you say. What a trauma it must have been then to discover so late in life about the villainous intent of your father! So how did you react when you realised that it was daddy dearest? I mean, imagine if you were crimson faced about Ghazali Shafie, you must have needed intense therapy upon learning that it was daddy who uttered those words and then back-peddled furiously. Pls - just go sell your wares elsewhere. Nobody's buying them round here.
RZee : We don’t believe you Marina. Where it comes to your father you are a hypocrite in the greatest sense of the word. We all remember that Dr M said “shoot” and then he said he meant “ shoo” . Please do not hide behind the fact that you were a so called teenager trying to make sense of the world. We were all teenagers and could see your fathers then, and now your hypocrisy. We were not stupid and you certainly were not stupid. You just accepted and condoned all the wrongdoings of your father then and now.
Tok guru : Marina is no nurul Izzah , she’s worlds apart, in looks , character and even human decency.. I guess being a dictators daughter , it probably isnt her fault she has genes of a snake mixed into her blood stream. We would expect lies and half truths from marina (just as how one expects to find candy in rosmahs handbag ) , after all she is her fathers daughter and mahathir has always been a world renowned liar, philistine, bigot, recalcitrant and snake … with this many titles I’m sure the rotten apple would fall pretty close to the tree
Dr Raman Letchumanan : I think the gaffe by Marina was intentional hoping no one would pick it up. You were successful in having that gaffe in your book, largely because many may not have bought the book and read it.
But when I read your column in the Sunday Star (yes I do buy the print version of the weekend star to see the other side of 'news' reporting), I immediately knew it was a grave mistake, more so blaming the gaffe on his late political rival.
What astounds me is how come such a grave mistake escape the editorial policy of the publishers of both the book and column. Was it also deliberate. Lies are not printable, period, even so it should be immediately corrected. Your father didn't correct you too?
So I see your apology as not sincere, but as someone caught lying through the teeth and trying to sound apologetic.
I admired your writings once, but now see you and your father acting as good cop and bad cop. We have a long list of such noble people who seem virtuous but turn turtle at some point In time. Just look at our Speaker.
It also begs the question if blatant lies can be published and propagated as truth, what about opinions, views, advocacy, preaching, etc. I guess anyone with power, authority, rich or famous can publish whatever rubbish they want in any media.
By the way, i used to travel almost every fortnight to Asean countries in my official line of work. One could see the tremendous progress in leaps and bounds in these countries. We are now lower in terms of GDP to Viet Nam. At the rate soon we are going to be be the sick man of ASEAN.
At that point, it is Malaysians who will turn into 'boat people' seeking livelihood in the shores of Viet Nam, Cambodia or Indonesia. But I trust our Asean neighbours would not 'shoot us on sight'.