Monday, May 14, 2007

MORE Pics & Video: ABDULLAH ALIVE & KICKING; Tired Condition Due to Heat Exhaustion; Rumors in the Net that he had “Fainted” Spread like Wire Fire

May 14, 2007 17:46 PM

Blogger Can Be Hauled Up For Slander
KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama) -- The blogsite operator who reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi fainted at a function in Lumut, Perak, Sunday could face action including being charged under the Sedition Act if the article contained elements of slander.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor (ABOVE) said the ministry was studying the report before deciding on the type of action to be taken against the blogger.

"I have not read the report in the blogsite but if there are elements of slander, action can be taken under the Penal Code. This comes under the Internal Security Ministry," he told reporters at the parliament lobby here today. He was commenting on a report in a blogsite that Abdullah fainted at the function in Lumut. The Prime Minister has since denied the report and regretted its inaccuracy.

Shaziman said his ministry would cooperate with the Internal Security Ministry in identifying the blogger. In addition, the blogger could also be charged under the Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998, and if found guilty could be fined RM50,000 or one years' jail or both. Asked whether the government would control blogsites to prevent a recurrence, Shaziman said the government was holding on to the "bill of guarantee" under the Act which did not allow censorship of the Internet. However, action could be taken against bloggers under other Acts.

Meanwhile, Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Mohd Taib (ABOVE) described the report in the blogsite as inaccurate and "naughty" and made by certain people out to destabilise Umno and the government. "Bloggers always want to confuse the people by reporting untruths, and their postings are usually inclined towards the Opposition. They hope to create panic and adverse effects on certain sectors," he added. Muhammad hoped the government would take stern action against bloggers who pose a threat to peace and national security.

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In a news breaking story, Malaysiakini at 9.34 pm on Friday 13th May 2007, had a report that PM Abdullah had collapsed. The story was rife in the internet that he had fainted in a function. Bernama came out with a denial at 8.38 pm (see below) and the internet rumors was amended that he almost collapsed. But he appeared in time with TV3 to show that he is alive and kicking with a testimony from his doctor. But for how long can he last with his punishing schedule at his age? Will he slow down for the GE and let his deputy do the right thing?

ABOVE: Alive and kicking on late TV3 - 13th May 2007; Lack of Sleep or Unable to Sleep? Not enough "wine & song" & a companion to relax?

Watch the Video Clip (1m 22s)

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I'm fine,says PM : Abdullah dismisses speculation about his health
By : M. Husairy Othman; NST;
LUMUT: A hale and hearty Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday dismissed reports on the Internet that he was ill and had fainted during a function in Teluk Batik near here. "I am fine, don't worry
," the prime minister said. Abdullah said a series of tests had been carried out after he lost his balance during a presentation of keys for a housing project for the poor. The tests, including an electrocardiogram (ECG), revealed he was in good health.

I was tired, and the weather was extremely hot. Furthermore, I did not have enough sleep the previous night," he said. He expressed relief that the test results showed nothing negative and criticised bloggers for inaccurate reporting. Abdullah says it was hot and he was tired "What did they see?" he asked. Abdullah was speaking at a hastily arranged press conference at the Damai Laut Resort after rumours spread on the Internet that he had "collapsed" during the ceremony. He said that at the function yesterday, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali remarked that he did not look well. "My speech was not that long and when they asked me to present the mock keys, I heard the MB's remark, and I sat down," he said. His personal physician, Dr Sanjiv Joshi, who was present at the press conference, stressed that basic baseline investigations showed there was nothing wrong with the prime minister.

"In fact, he is as healthy as he can be.
"He wanted to play golf but I was the one who stopped him," he said. Dr Joshi said that it was just a case of heat exhaustion, which could happen to anyone. After the press conference, Abdullah headed for Pangkor Laut to attend a Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club dinner. He was in a jovial mood and was seen having a conversation with a Pakistani couple and exchanging jokes. Later, at the dinner, Abdullah reminded BN representatives to take good care of their health, despite their hectic lifestyles. He quipped that there might be many more by-elections if the BN representatives were not healthy
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Abdullah Says Not To Worry, He's Alright

LUMUT, May 13 (Bernama) -- "I am well. Don't worry," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, refuting a claim spread through the Internet that he had fainted while attending a people's feast at the launching of the Hadhari Square in Teluk Batik here Sunday afternoon. "I will continue with the programmes that been arranged for me," he told reporters here Sunday night.

"The doctor had conducted several tests on me including ECG, blood and blood pressure and these were found to be normal," added Abdullah who was examined by his personal physician Dr Sanjiv Joshi. Earlier when presenting the keys to nine recipients of houses built under the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) community service programme, at the people's feast, Abdullah appeared to be losing balance and almost collapsed but was held by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali and BNBBC acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar. Abdullah who arrived in Perak this morning to close the BNBBC community programme, had earlier joined the BNBBC members in building homes for three families in Kampung Tanjung Burung in Ujung Pasir, Pantai Remis.

The Prime Minister continued with the gotong-royong by planting trees at Kampung Batu 4, Segari, near here, before moving on to Teluk Batik to close the community programme and join the people's feast. Abdullah said his condition could be due to the heat as the weather was very hot and his lack of sleep last night. "I'm relieved now (after the doctor's examination). At first I was worried too. I thank the Almighty that I'm alright," he added.

He recalled that after giving his speech, he sat on stage and when handing over the house-keys to the recipients, he felt terribly tired. Meanwhile, Dr Sanjiv said Abdullah's condition was due to heat exhaustion. "From the medical examination, his health condition is found to be good and there's nothing to worry about," he added. Dr Sanjiv said the heat exhaustion could hit anybody as the temperature was reported to be at 44 degrees Celcius.

"The Menteri Besar noticed that I appeared unwell. So I sat down and when I felt better I continued handing over the keys to the recipients," Abdullah said, adding that he was then examined by his personal doctor. Asked by reporters whether he felt he was going to faint, he said he did not. And on how he was feeling now, he said: "I'm alright. Don't worry, I take care of my health. I will continue with tonight's programme.

"Raja Ahmad Zainuddin said he was at the function and the claim that the Prime Minister had fainted was not true. "I was on stage too. The Prime Minister did not faint as claimed by the blogs. He just sat down for a while as he was tired as the heat was at 44 degrees Celsius. "I'm surprised how the rumour could be spread through the Internet," he added. Tonight, Abdullah attended the closing of the BNBBC 2007 Retreat programme and scheduled to return to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. The three-day programme involved 100 BN Members of Parliament and Perak assemblymen. The activities included looking at the development in Perak, dialogue with BN leaders, community service programme and sports.

Meanwhile, speaking at the closing of the BNBBC Retreat programme at the Pangkor Laut Resort, near here, Abdullah also related what happened to him earlier in the day. Abdullah said following the medical examination, the doctor advised him not to play golf after the afternoon function although he felt okay. "The doctor said to me, `you have to rest as you've worked hard'," he added. In light of this, Abdullah asked the elected representatives to work smart by spending quality time with the people, listening to their problems and seriously solving them as it was their responsibility. "At the same time, you must take care of your health. Otherwise, there'll be a by-election," he said in jest. The Prime Minister will hold a closed-door dialogue with the BNBBC members at the resort tomorrow morning.
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May 13, 2007 20:38 PM

PM Denied Rumours Spread In Internet That He Collapsed

LUMUT, May 13 (Bernama ) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi denied rumours spread in the internet that he collapsed while attending a people feast and officating Dataran Hadhari at Teluk Batik, Lumut at noon

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More protest and outrage against the sexist remarks by the 2 BN MPs. DAP lead by Lim Guan Eng and others submitted a memo to the Deputy Premier and Najib’s reply:

“Up to Parliament to decide; I don’t want to pass judgment. They said it…. not to be taken seriously. take it with a sense of humour,... but people are making a BIG MEAL out of this issue”
.Watch the video Clip – Sack the 2 BN Sexist MPs” (1m 37s) on the Protest, Najib’s reply and Datuk Wong Kam Hoong, Deputy Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister dressing down of the 2 BN MPs in the Dewan Negara and pictures of Actual Parliament water leakages and other details


Blogger kittykat46 said...

I'm sure Najib's guys were pretty excited for a few hours. If this happened on a weekday, the Stock market would have been in on a roller coaster ride.

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