Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dr M for Nobel Peace Prize, Part 2

According to a report, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize could go to a climate campaigner such as ex-U.S. Vice-President Al Gore or Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier.

I don't know much about the latter but I'm rather biased against Al Gore. I won't support someone who didn't even have the decency to finish his meal as a guest of honour at the Apec conference back in Malaysia in 1998.

Gore not only endorsed the political opposition during the dinner at the height of the financial and political crisis in Malaysia, he walked out of the dinner that was hosted by then Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad.

Even Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew was then cited as saying that Gore had displayed "unnecessary rudeness".

"I mean, he came in with a stiff shaking of the hands of a few people at the head table, delivery of the speech, another shaking of the hands and off he went...Points could have been made, made without this spitting you in the face, so to speak," Kuan Yew was quoted as saying in November 1998.

Surprisingly, Dr Mahathir had maintained an elegance silence then.

My choice for Nobel Peace Prize? Dr M! The prize will definitely cheer up the retired Asian statesman as he recovers from his latest heart bypass.

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