Mahathir could very well be telling the truth when he said I did not tell anyone to pay for the George Bush meeting. By his not directly ordering the transfer of money or other forms of payment to secure the meeting, Mahathir (like now) could always deny he ordered it.
Of course not directly ordering a meeting does not mean that he did not use other parties to carry out his wishes indirectly. In doing so, Mahathir could use plausible deniability, if the fact ever came out that he gave tacit approval for Millions of Ringgit (US$115 Million) to be paid to lobbyist to secure a meeting with the former President.
Click the following Malaysia Today link to get the details of how money secured the meeting with George Bush.
Mahathir’s denial ranks up there with that of former President Bill Clinton when he denied having ‘sexual intercourse’ with his aid Monica Lewinsky.
In pure excepted sense of the term, he did not have ‘sexual intercourse’ with Monica Lewinsky so in that respect he was correct since fellatio or a ‘BJ’ is not defined as sexual intercourse per se.
Former opposition de facto leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers were also trying to find a legal loophole to get their client’s conviction for sodomy overturned.
They did not want to deal with whether or not Anwar raped or sodomized his aid; they wanted the conversation to be about money being paid to ensure Anwar’s conviction.
So Mahathir is in good company with his denial. He may have not directly said that he wanted a meeting with President George W Bush. He may have used other words or means to convey his wishes and that there was money available directly or indirectly to bring about the meeting.
Malaysians are now seeing Tun Mahathir using selective memory when it serves his purpose. He at any given convenient time would say that he does not remember certain events.
In 2008, this is what Lim Kit Siang had to say about Tun Mahathir’s memory.
Now with Lim Kit Siang and Tun Mahathir being joined at the hip does the former still remember his words and do they still hold true or has he too conveniently forgotten?
With Tun Mahathir’s various U-turns and selective memory, he could very well be telling the truth when said: ‘I didn’t tell anyone to pay for the George Bush meeting’
Those eleven (11) words are eerily similar to those echoed over fifteen (15) years ago when former US President Bill Clinton said; “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky;” or Datuk Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers trying to make his conviction about money being paid and not rape and sodomy.
Sometimes to get the right answer, one has to ask the right question. However in Mahathir’s case, even if the right question is asked, he can always say he doesn’t remember!