Mat Taib speaks good English after all…


… so how come he didn’t understand airport currency regulations when he was caught bringing in hard cash, lots of it,  into Australia?

Adds blog reader Sam who spotted this report:

If you had observed during the weeks and days leading to the Umno General Assembly and elections, Dr M continued to push delegates not to elect leaders who have a very poor command of English. From nowhere, a deputy president aspirant, Mat Taib, comes out defending that he has an immaculate command of the English Language.

Mahathir was quoted in Malaysiakini as saying:

“One of the candidates couldn’t write in English, he couldn’t speak English and therefore (that was why) he did something wrong in Australia because he could not understand English. My choice is Muhyiddin (Yassin).”

This excerpt from The Star

Published: Saturday March 21, 2009 MYT 7:58:00 PM
‘I can speak in English,’ says Muhammad Taib

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno deputy-president candidate, Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, is aware that there are people talking about his apparent lack of fluency in English.

In answering questions at the Umno overseas club leadership course yesterday, he not only took a swipe at his critics but also proceeded to list his achievements to prove that he had a good grasp of the language.

The question posed to him by one of the students was that Muhammad’s credibility was doubtful considering he was not fluent in English.

“I am aware that there are people talking about it. But this is just a script that normally comes out and it will change when someone supports a certain party.”

Muhammad said that he was the only Malay who graduated from Universiti Malaya with a first class honours in History in 1979.

“All my previous exams were also conducted in English – the London Cambridge Examinations and the Malaysian Cambridge Examinations.”

Muhammad added that when he was the Selangor Mentri Besar, he had managed to produce dozens of millionaires and was also responsible for bringing in investments from Taiwan, Korea and California.

“The thing is, I am only the Rural and Regional Development Minister now which is why you would only be reading small stories about me.

“Try and give me the International Trade and Industries Ministry and you’ll see,” he quipped.

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I did read sometime back that the presiding judge erred in his judgment when he found Mike Tyson not guilty. Hence it could be hard to pursue this case and why Tyson is still so arrogant but he is unlikely to offend again in Australia as the next judge will be under more stringent scrutiny.

anna brella

Didn’t Mahathir spin the catchphrase “bersih, cekap, amanah”?

And isn’t that why you now see those UMNO/BN cups (and many others too) running over with such an abundant overflow of that Mahathirian “ethic” of bersih, cekap and amanah-ness?

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes.


“Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.


With all that paper qualifications & “No speaking the England!” It must be sooo……………. malu lah !!! Only in Malaysia can speak English. When touch Australian soil, he couldn’t speak a word of it…!!! We all ‘stupid’ or what…?? Just look at ALL our local grads lah…! Can’t even speak English at all. That’s one of the many reasons they are NOT hired..! And the goverment is forever telling the foriengers to invest in Malaysia & hire locals. M2 Taib…! Better you teach them how to converse in English rather than our local lecturers yah……!!! You are the expert…! The… Read more »


Mat Taib memang artifak BN…


Hi mate tyson cm and visit Australia again we will nail you!


What does produce dozens of millionaires got to do with resume? I believe things like improve transportation system, utilities, eradicate poverty, and lots of public service help you advance your political career.

Do you still want BN/UMNO politicians that are proud of their ‘get rich scheme’?


…I no speaking english then in Aussie Court but now English Top form……..Cukup lah … MAT TAIB Rakyat TAK BODOH LAGI !
The Rakyat of Malaysia are SICK of …. Opportunists like you and … Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud… REFORMASI !
Hidup Keadilan-Pas-Dap ! Hidup Rakayat !


He must have taken English tuition after the Australian episode.My son couldn’t speak and write in English when this chap was cought in Australia but now my son can speak in English already.


Any Malaysians living in Australia, or Australians of Malaysian decent? Anyone prepared to lodge a report with the Australian Police, cause this MM Taib guy clearly purgered himself in court! Theres no way he wasnt lying becuase he said so himself:
1) He did Cambridge Examinations and so on
2) He got lots of investors from abroad during his tenure as MB

personally I think the Aussies let him off for diplomacy’s sake…


you are not the only one who can speak English

Aussie Embarrassedador

G’day Mates! On behalf of the Austriaiaaan government, I wish to staite that we Aussie-types are diplomatic kangaroooos when it comes to eeeleeeegaaaal cash in the hands of a government minister. Besides, like Mr. More Hammered More Hammered Tayeeeeeb, we don’t spaike Einglish either. We just spaike Austraiaaan. So, we did’na whort Mr. More Hammered More Hammered Tayeeeeeb wuz saaayin when we nabbed him! Anyway, good on him, oei?

albert lee

Why M2Taib was appointed as the Mentri Besar, Selangor by Mahathir during his time if he can’t speak English?
Maybe M2Taib was “released” in Australia then and they want to see how the Malaysian Government going to act on him under Mahathir’s Government? Any action………………………taken………..
M administration…………… it under CLEAN EFFICIENT & TRUSTWORTHY ?
Your guess……..



Mat Tyson did not address the issue on how come he didn’t understand airport currency regulations when he was caught bringing in hard cash, lots of it, into Australia? Be a first class honours gentleman and admit that we was hiding something.


Wait a minute,,,,,I sincerely believed the Aussies simply turned the other way because of diplomacy pressure from our PM at that time.Don’t tell me that they believed that we voted a stupid moron to lead the richest state in Ma;aysia!!!!!!!


Readers pls forget about his english ,n its not inportant in malaysia now,no one care of him too
The question is ?
Do these politician declare their assets ,which they keep piling up during in the power

Where he got that tons of money to bring to australia.For what,i think to keep it safe there.
Do u think hard earned money ?…

Still can become a minister n got face to bid for no 2 post

That is (whose) money?


Interesting….Can someone post to the Aussie court this article and he sure be charged for lying in court. God bless him…

Ong Eu Soon

English proficiency is a criteria to be a DPM or PM, in Australia he only pleaded stupid. How can you inspire to be a PM and can’t speak English like Ali?

Tony Chew

Many of the UMNO politicians are nothing but …. of the earth. … they will meet their fate on judgement day.


Perjury on March 30th, 2009 at 3.10pm

For your information, last week, a famous judge lied in court for just a 75AUD traffic fine, he was sentenced to three years in jail.
Australia is not Malaysia, he (Taib) better not try his luck too far!


The irony thing is, I have no idea what is a London Cambridge Examinations and Malaysian Cambridge Examinations.

I could guess that he probably means L.C.E which stands for Lower Certificate of English that was conducted by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), but have no idea what is a Malaysian Cambridge Examinations.



The Australian Court already declared that it cannot recharge anyone for the same offence if found innocent earlier. So what is the recourse?
Any idea?

sword of justice

Bro Anil, (and also others reading this little piece of my “mind”

Sorry for the typo-s and incorrect spellings! In a haste-mien comrade! Sorry again! I would get Hell from the Editors at the desk if such mistakes do happen in my writings or work! Believe me! I would be intercommed and given a bashing!

sword of justice

Good afternoon, Bro Anil, What do you say if most of us agree with Sdr Richard Lo? Would the Australian police consider that they had been had? Or will they re-open the case by charging “Mike Tyson” with perjury? I think, perjury is sesrious offense. Don’t you think so? Why people in our country are slapped with jail terms for a very low-grade perjury? maybe you’re gight also that Mike Tyson had taken an intensive crash course in English. Hey!!! I was an English tutor for some Univ graduates under the Human Resources Ministry program for unemployed graduates in Bali… Read more »


Hi!! the diff.are here,the Aust.judge speaks (Aussie) English and whereas Mad Taib only know kampong English.


Is there any penalty act for perjury in Australian court for lying?

To be charge again is not double jeopardy for perjury!