"I take exception that in their eagerness to deflect the heat off the Prime Minister, certain irresponsible quarters should now try to drag and disparage the name of Dr Mahathir.Don't you wonder who this mysterious Malaysian owner is?
"This is pathetic. For your information, Dr Mahathir did go to Turkey in July this year for his holiday and to view a Turkish Gullet which was being built by her Malaysian owner who is known to Dr Mahathir as well as the Prime Minister. I am not at liberty to disclose the identity of the Malaysian. However, the yacht is certainly not Dr Mahathir's, nor does Dr Mahathir own any other yachts."
By the way, the Gullet is a traditional Turkish fishing boat which has now become a popular tourist transport mode. It is different from the RM30 million yacht (or "cruiser") the Hurriyet said was ordered by Abdullah Badawi four months ago (Abdullah denied this on Dec 20 and yesterday Kobra said the Hurriyet's report was false).
Sufi advice. Interestingly, Sufi, a former press secretary to the PM when Dr M was the PM, also offered his advice on how the scandal should have been handled.
"The report in the Turkish newspaper to my point of view questions the integrity of the country's leadership. The right course of action, to my mind in defending the credibility and integrity of the the Prime Minister, is to seek some serious explanation and possibly an apology from the Turkish newspaper. After all the Prime Minister's denial shows that the report was indeed untrue and for this the Prime Minister deserves an apology from the newspaper."