According to Malaysia latest news, now it seems the smoke of Tung Shin Hospital incident is getting into many Malaysians’ eyes, so to speak. It is currently hotly debated and desperately defended by both the public and the authorities respectively. The so-called “attack on Tung Shin Hospital“.
And now a group of senior medical officers from the affected hospital have joined in the fray too. They have issued a statement condemning the authorities over the police’ attack on participants in the Bersih 2.0 rally last Saturday (9th July 2011), as reported by Malaysiakini.
After the incessant barrage of accusations and criticism against him over reports on the firing of tear gas into Tun Shin Hospital, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai defended his statements through the micro-blogging tool, Twitter.
He explained that he was only conveying what was told to him by the hospital management. If I were Liow I would have stressed or reiterated that I was merely conveying what the hospital management’s statements on that day when he was briefing the press.
Of course the most interesting remarks was by MCA president Chua Soi Lek. He said pictures did not convey the entire meaning. I though a picture is worth a thousand words. He added that from different angles of a picture, it could tell a different story. I agree with him too. Not like some videos, where they only showed one angle inside a hotel room.
According to Malaysikini, Chua Soi Lek said that they hold to the reports by the police and the hospital board, and the hospital board members consist of respected businesspersons, retired people or active people who are not interested in taking sides.
What has the so-called respected businessperson or retired people got to do with telling the truth or otherwise?
Now it appears one side is desperately defending. If I were Chua Soi Lek, I will keep mum and let the smoke of controversy to settle and the heat of disputes to simmer down. I won’t try to explain about photo angles, retired people and whatnot. All these unneccessary comments and views seem to make one appears desperate. Less said the better.
So goes for Liow Tiong Lai’s statements in Twitter.
Personally I WASN’T there on that Saturday afternoon, just like Liow Tiong Lai and Chua Soi Lek. So, I am still blur (no pun intended) as who is telling the truth: The police, Tung Shin Hospital board of management, the Bersih supporters, the Bar Council or the group of doctors?
Or should we blame the erratic wind for blowing the tear-gas smoke into the compound of Tung Shin hospital? Some of you might say the photos or videos which show the tear-gas smoke filled hospital compound are 99.99%(per cent) true!
Anyway, talking about TRUTH, here is my favorite selection of quotes about truth and lies:
“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.” – Henry Louis Mencken
“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.” – Unknown
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain
“Those who know don’t tell and those who tell don’t know.” – Zen Proverb
“A half truth is a whole lie.” – Yiddish Proverb
“A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.” – William Blake
“With lies you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back.” – Russian proverb
“When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.” – Bill Copeland
“Truth fears no questions.”- Unknown
“When truth is divided, errors multiply.” – Eli Siegel
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