Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi tried to explain his remark on the ‘lack of strong patriotism’ among non-Malays, but stopped short of offering an apology.

He added that he didn’t mean to hurt their feelings.

But that seemed enough to rub salt into wound.

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1 Response to “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”


  1. 1 Leithaisor 9 December 2010 at 3:11 pm

    If someone is sincere and truly wanted to make amends for doing or saying something wrong, it would usually be clear and evident in his words and demeanour.

    Zahid would not be the first to try to make do with an explanation and saying that he had not intended to hurt the feelings of those who were hurt by his words.

    We have seen other politicans trying to save face in a similar fashion even when it was patently clear that they had been wrong. Often it seems that the political costs of what they say or did were the reasons for the attempts to pacify, rather than folks being truly sorry for their wrongdoing.

    Such meaningless attempts only, as you put it, rubs salt into wounds.

    And confirms how the despicable character of the politicans involved are.

    It takes a big man to apologise.


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