Back when Vietnam was still separated as North and South, the president of
South Vietnam then was President Thieu (this is for real). As he was
getting a lot of unfavourable treatment from his own country's news
agencies, he invited Tara Singh, a journalist from Malaysia, to brief him
about the setup of Bernama.
After Tara Singh had briefed the president about Bernama, the president was
impressed. He declared that it was time for him to set up his own Bernama,
to counter all the criticism he has been receiving lately.
Tara Singh politely said, "But Mr President, the name 'Bernama' is already
used by Malaysia... maybe if you chose another name."
"Of course, you're right! I shall name it after myself then. It will be
known as Thieunama !! ", said the president. Tara Singh nearly choked on
"Ahh, Mr President, that may not be the best name. To the Cantonese
speaking people, that name is a four-letter word concerning mothers," said
The president was touched by the journalist's sincerity, "Thank you for
being so honest with me. You deserve recognition for that. Why don't we
give the news agency a name formed from our names. How about ThieunaSingh