Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chopping Down The Cherry Tree (Malaysian Politcial Joke!)

Legend has it that George Washington, America's first president,
down a cherry tree in his youth. The story goes that George gives the
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
bravely admitting the truth:
'I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with

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
nap underneath it.'
Najib Razak - 'I swear that I have never MET that tree.'
Hishamuddin Hussein Onn- '...but I only own a keris ,not axe, how to cut
down the tree?'
Dr Mahathir Mohamd - 'Apa nama cherry tree, yes, I chopped it down
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.'
VK Lingam - 'It could be me, it might have been me but I don't think its
Anwar Ibrahim - '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
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.'
Azalina Othman - '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.'
Shabery Cheek - '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.'
Rais Yatim - 'You must see the bigger picture, Ahmad said cherry trees
expensive to maintain, Ali Rustam said that 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 - 'I cut the tree because we could no longer afford to
subsidise it.'
Karpal Singh - 'The bigfoot creature did it.'
Bung Mokhtar - 'The big monkey did it'
Pandikar Amin Mulia - 'There is nothing in the standing orders against
chopping cherry trees. Kinabatangan duduk, Bukit Gelugor duduk .
Khairy Jamaluddin - I did not do it, neither did the Mat Rempits. By
way, what's a cherry tree?'
Lim Kit Siang - 'Cherry tree also you don't know, you are an insult to
Nazri Abdul Aziz - 'Racist, racist, racist! When we cut down durian
nobody made a fuss. Now...'

Malaysian Citizens - 'Oh for heavens sake! Somebody plant something
we all starve to death!'


At 2:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha that joke has certainly been making its rounds.
I am the original author...

the full version is here

Vijay Kumar Murugavell

At 4:05 AM , Blogger Melvin Lee said...

Thanks Man!

Its an honour to meet with you..

Love the Joke!


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