Thursday, May 01, 2008

"It does not arise"

Ever heard the phrase, "It does not arise" ?

It struck me after the BALKIS controversy broke.

So was the dissolution of the organisation in order, and did BALKIS have any authority to close its accounts? The wife of former Selangor menteri besar, Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik said the dissolution took place on March 11 - 2 days before Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was sworn-in as Menteri Besar on March 13.

"It means, I was the president at the time and had not relinquished the president's post. Therefore, the question of me not having to power to chair the general meeting called for the purpose Balkis' dissolution does not arise," she said.

“Does not arise.” It’s a phrase so used and abused that every time it arises, my temperature rises.

“Does not arise.”

I mean, why do these people insist on saying an issue (or a question) “does not arise” when it obviously and most certainly has? Wasn’t this why a statement or response became necessary?

Another example:

On whether the Government would enforce some control on the blogging community, newly-minted Information Minister Shabery Cheek said it would not do so. “The question of controlling bloggers does not arise.”

Here it is again:

When queried if amends to former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas and two other judges sacked in the 1988 judicial crisis included an apology, PM Abdullah said: “I do not see why we should apologise. It does not arise.

Aarrghh! Here we go again:

On Tian Chua’s mischievous photo of DPM Najib and Altantuya last year ,Tengku Sarifuddin denied the DPM had ever met Altantuya and that the DPM was not involved in any way: “As such, the issue over the picture does not arise,” Tengku Sarifuddin told Bernama.


When talking about BN MPs in Sabah and Sarawak crossing over to Pakatan, Anwar Ibrahim said: “The question of buying people does not arise. It is not our tradition,” he said, adding that if the issue of buying the MPs were to arise, he would call off the discussions.

And aaaaaaaaarrrghhhh more:

Malaysian Bar Council President Ambiga Sreenevasan said on consultation with the Bar regarding judicial appointments: "The question of being beholden to any appointing authority, whether under the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission or the present system, does not arise as judges know that they discharge their responsibilities impartially, independent of who the appointing authority is..”


Following the hue and cry over police permits for the Black 14 gathering: “Dr Syed Husin added that the issue of a permit for the gathering did not arise as the party's had discussed the matter with the Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief a few days before it was held."

Aarrghh!!!! Enough already!!

The Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) acquisition of RHB Bank last year is not a bailout, says Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop. “The question of bailout does not arise. It is purely a commercial transaction," he told Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.

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