SATIRE | The old journalistic mantra was “when in doubt, check it out” but the new code is “when in doubt, leave it out.”
That is why a glossary of terms never appear in the mainstream media. To add insult to injury, some editors pretend not to know of the present crisis facing the nation. They are deciding what you should read by omitting crucial facts and figures that can determine the future of this nation.
As a service to the nation, we explain the meaning of some words which do not appear in the mainstream media. Although not exhaustive, these words have made headlines in over 40 countries, except Malaysia.
1MDB: Never heard of it? They do not stand for Many Dumb Blokes. The single figure and the alphabets were created by the opposition to cast aspersions on the government and purveyors of fake news.
“Don’t try the 1MDB trick. Some politicians are known for selling fake news.”
Chemical (Comical) Ali: At the height of the invasion of Iraq, one man stood out with his infamous quotes after the US forces had annihilated the Iraqi army. Here’s one of his many quotes:
“They fled. The American louts fled. Indeed, concerning the fighting waged by the heroes of the Arab Socialist Baath Party, one amazing thing really is the cowardice of the American soldiers. God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.”
Our very own version of Chemical (Comical) Ali made a special appearance by stating: “Yet again, the opposition have seized upon unverified and unproven allegations regarding a yacht named The Equanimity....
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