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Pada yang kurang tu faham-fahamkan aje lah...
Legend has it that George Washington, America 's first president,
chopped down a cherry tree in his youth. The story goes that George
gives the tree a good swing and chops it down with an axe.
His father sees the damaged tree and asks his son if he knows who
did the deed. George is quoted as bravely admitting the truth:
'I can't tell a lie. Pa, you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my axe.'
Below is a satire of how some Malaysian politicians circa 2008
may have reacted to the question:
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
'I did not cut down the tree, I was just taking a nap underneath it.'
'I swear that I have never MET that tree.'
Hishammuddin Hussein Onn
'...but I only own a keris, not axe, how to cut down the tree?'
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
'Apa nama cherry tree, yes, I chopped it down because I don't like
the idea of Pak Lah sleeping under it.'
Chua Soi Lek
'Yes it was me, I resign as caretaker of this orchard.'
'It could be me, it might have been me, but I don't think it's me.'
'I did NOT do it, and I am not giving any DNA sample for you to
plant on the axe handle.'
Mohd Khir Toyo
'The new state government should just trim the grass and not waste
time asking who cut the tree.'
Ahmad Said ( Terengganu MB )
'I chopped it because cherry trees are more expensive to maintain
than durian trees.'
'The cherry tree is not included under my tourism MOU so I cut it
down and besides there were unauthorised signboards put up
around the tree.'
'I challenge you to a debate on tree cutting.'
S Samy Velu
'I chopped it because Hindraf members were using it as a meeting point.'
Wira Ali Rustam
'We have planted durian trees for 50 years and we will plant them for
another 50 years. We do not need cheery trees, apple trees, pear
trees and all these other foreign trees.'
'You must see the bigger picture. Ahmad Said said cherry trees
are expensive to maintain. Ali Rustam said they are against our
national identity. And I needed to test my new axe. So, you see,
it is a WIN-WIN situation all around.'
'I cut the tree because we could no longer afford to subsidise it.'
'The bigfoot creature did it.'
'The big monkey did it.'
Pandikar Amin Mulia
'There is nothing in the standing orders against chopping
cherry trees.... Kinabatangan duduk! Bukit Gelugor duduk!'
I did not do it, neither did the Mat Rempits. By the way,
what's a cherry tree?'
Lim Kit Siang
'Cherry tree also you don't know. You are an insult to Oxford !'
Nazri Abdul Aziz
'Racist, racist, racist! When we cut down durian trees nobody
made a fuss. Now...'
'Oh for heavens sake! Somebody plant something before we all
starve to death!'