I received an email yesterday, I have to admire the writer's imagination and creativity. Though I was informed that this mail has been in circulation for some times, I still like to share with people like me, who are new to e-materials and may not read it earlier.
Legend has it that George Washington, America 's first president, chopped down a 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 伯拉'I did not cut down the tree, I was just taking a nap underneath it.'
Najib Razak 那吉
'I swear that I have never MET that tree.'
Hishammuddin Hussein Onn 希山幕汀
'...but I only own a keris, not axe, how to cut down the tree?'
Dr Mahathir Mohamad 马哈迪
'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 蔡细历
'Yes it was me, I resign as caretaker of this orchard.'
VK Lingam 林甘
'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 多尔
'The new state government should just trim the grass and not waste time asking who cut the tree.'
Azalina Othman 阿莎丽娜
'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.' (She is now out from Ministry of Tourism)
S Samy Velu 沙米
'I chopped it because Hindraf members were using it as a meeting point.'
'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, and all these other foreign trees.'
'五十年来，我们种榴连树; 我们在未来五十年会继续种 。我们不需要樱桃树，苹果树，桃树和其他外国果树。'
Rais Yatim 莱士亚迪
'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.
Sharir Samad 沙里尔
'I cut the tree because we could no longer afford to subsidise it.'
Karpal Singh 卡巴星
'The bigfoot creature did it.'
Bung Mokhtar 莫达
'The big monkey did it.'
Pandikar Amin Mulia 巴迪卡
'There is nothing in the standing orders against chopping cherry trees......Kinabatangan duduk! Bukit Gelugor duduk!
Khairy Jamaluddin 凯里
I did not do it, neither did the Mat Rempits. By the way, what's a cherry tree?'
Nazri Abdul Aziz 纳士利
'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!'