There are never enough reporters who could hit hard and right with their questions. Shahanaaz Habib, our first journalist to enter Baghdad during the 03 invasion, could tame a lion in under 10 questions.
And so her interview with Syed Hamid Albar in the Sunday Star was always going to be entertaining, if a little lop-sided.
I enjoyed their final exchange, in particular:
Shahanaaz: Have we gone soft on Singapore?
Syed Hamid: People have confused policy with project. We have never said we don't want the bridge.But we do not want the conditions imposed on us. We are protecting our interests. It's a political decision.
These are projects, but our policy has not changed.
Now, if you are not confused by the answer, can you tell me what in the bridge's name the Foreign Minister was trying to say? Did he hear the question at all?
There were 9 questions in all and Syed Hamid repeated that there was "no shift" in Malaysia's foreign policy or that the policy "has not changed" at least 7 times.
Sounds like someone has adopted a "very defensive" policy.
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