There were two news items that caught my eyes and to the best of my knowledge they were untrue, which also means lies and a total sad and pathetic fabrication.
One is the news on the death of Maria Hertogh, a Dutch girl who was given by their Dutch parents to a Malay couple for safe keeping during the war.
The other was when ex-prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was quoted by the Star as as saying: "Alhamdullillah (thank god), I am grateful to Allah that the person I chose to replace me has carried out his job well."
Let us keep the record straight here, Abdullah took long while to name his successor after he was made the 5th prime minister after Tun Mahathir. He did and never wanted Najib to be his deputy. He went against his word to take Najib immediately as his deputy upon being appointed as the prime minister to succeed Mahathir.
Well I beg to differ, he did not want to choose Najib to succeed him if he had his way. He was forced by Umno leadership, especially Tun M, to name Najib as his deputy and later his natural successor.
By far Najib is a better leader compared to Abdullah, and Najib with or without Abdullah's blessing can do a better job of managing the country well. Abdullah cannot take the credit for what he imagined the person he chose, has done his job well.
You can tell by this blog that I have no desire to respect Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as one of the ex-PMs of Malaysia, as I have my respect for Tunku, Tun Razak, Hussein Onn, Tun Mahathir and now Najib, why should I lie to myself, I have to live with me.
On the same note I do not see why his second wife had to be conferred the country's highest honour of Tunship?! What has she done for this country to deserve such honour except for marrying an ex-PM who has brought problem for my beloved country during his tenure as PM?
I am speaking from my heart and if any one find this posting to be a bit harsh I suggest he or she can go somewhere else. Thank you!
On Maria Hertogh, when I was in Amsterdam in the early 70s I was approached by Maria Hetogh's grand children, (and later saw her in her pathetic person she was an unhappy frail woman who has nothing in common with her "adopted" country Holland)
They were asking me to write a letter to the Dutch authority to ask for a better accommodation for their grandmother (Maria). You see Maria Hertogh was nevcr happy as reported in the NST and she was living in the home of the age in Holland.
Then the NST wrote about Maria Hertogh who died a happy woman, but the other fact is she was never happy in the country where her natural Dutch parents came from.