Sorry! “I apologise…” The consummate politician, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad timed his apology to perfection – at the end of his keynote address at the first general assembly of Bersatu, the party he now leads, in front of a packed hall.
Rather than referring to any specific episode, the apology might have been a bit general and all-encompassing… but then, there was much to be sorry for and it could have taken all day! (see the video below for the apology.)
“Saya, seperti manusia lain tidak mungkin sunyi dari berkata dan melaku kesalahan bukan sahaja hari ini tetapi juga selama saya berkecimpung dalam politik negara.
“Saya pohon maaf terhadap apa juga kesalahan saya selama itu.”
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(“I, like other human beings, am not alone from saying and doing wrong. Not just today but for all the time that I have been involved in politics.
“I apologise for all the wrongs that I have done.”)
So there you have it. What do you think?
His full speech is in the video right at the top.