Kali and Brendan. Why did Dr Mahathir implicate the two in his latest statement?
A. Because they are former Singapore Straits Times operatives who wrote affidavits for the PAP government?
B. Because one is a Singapore Permanent Resident who is turning the (Malaysian) government's mouthpiece into a joke?
C. Because the other is a published liar and uses the Umno-owned media conglomerate to serve his and his real political masters' interests?
D. Because these are very bad people?
Whatever Dr M's reason, do know this: the word "venom" had never been in Abdullah Badawi's vocabulary. No journalist or politician I spoke to remember the man formerly known as Mr Nice to have used "venom", let alone "doses of venom", for his adversaries.
Certainly, Malaysians did not expect the PM to have thought of using venom to describe one of the fathers of Malaysia.
Incidentally, Brendan has been known to prefer this V word in his commentaries on Umno and Dr M's leadership, even since his days as correspondent of the Singapore government's mouthpiece. Just some samples to get you to Google on:
"When Abdullah does speak ... his words are not likely to be steeped in venom." [8 June 2006]
"No one was spared his venom." [11 Dec 2005]
"Some of the most venomous attacks .. on (KJ)." [11 July 2004]
"He sounds bitter and makes no attempt to disguise his venom." [15 Dec 2000]