His father sees the damaged tree and asks his son if he knows who did the deed. George is quoted bravely admitting the truth:
'I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my axe.'
Below is a satire of how some Malaysian politicians may have reacted to this question:
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - 'I did not cut down the tree , I was just taking a nap underneath it.'
Hishamuddin Hussein Onn - '...but I only own a keris ,not an axe, how to cut down the cherry tree?'
Najib Razak - 'I swear that I have never MET that tree.'
Dr Mahathir Mohamad - 'Apa nama cherry tree, yes, I chopped it down because, I don't like the idea of Pak lah sleeping under it.'
Chua Soi Lek - 'Yes I admit I cut the cherry tree as it is caught in CCTV but you cut too but it is not caught in CCTV so nobody cares !'
VK Lingam - 'It could be me, it might have been me but I don't think its me.'
Anwar Ibrahim - 'I did NOT do it, and I am not giving any DNA sample for you to plant on the axe handle.'
Mohd Khir Toyo - 'The new state government should just trim the grass and not waste time asking who cut the tree.'
Ahmad Said ( TerengganuMB) - 'I chopped it because cherry trees are more expensive to maintain than durian trees.'
Azalina Othman - 'The cherry tree is not included under my tourism MOU so I cut it down and besides there were unauthorised signboards put up around the tree.'
Shabery Cheek - 'I challenge you to a debate on cherry tree cutting.'
S Samy Velu - 'I chopped it because Hindraf members were using it as a meeting point.
Wira Ali Rustam - 'We have planted durian trees for 50 years and we will plant them for another 50 years, we do not need cheery trees, apple trees , pear trees and all those other foreign trees.'
Rais Yatim - 'You must see the bigger picture, Ahmad said cherry trees are expensive to maintain, Ali Rustam said those are against our national identity and I needed to test my new axe, so you see, it is a WIN-WIN situation all around.'
Sharir Samad - 'I cut the tree because we could no longer afford to subsidise it.'
Karpal Singh - 'I know who cut the tree but I will not tell you now, you will hear it in court.'
Bung Mokhtar - 'The big monkey did it'
Pandikar Amin Mulia - 'There is nothing in the standing orders against chopping cherry trees
Kinabatangan duduk, Bukit Gelugor duduk .
Khairy Jamaluddin - I did not do it, neither did the Mat Rempits. By the way, what's a cherry tree?'
Lim Kit Siang - 'Cherry tree also you don't know, you are an insult to Oxford !'
Nazri Abdul Aziz - 'Racist, racist, racist! When we cut down durian trees nobody made a fuss. Now...'
Malaysian Citizens - 'Oh for heavens sake! Cherry trees ! Durian trees ! Foreign trees ! Who cares, the tree is already cut ! 1 MALAYSIA , MALAYSIA BOLEEEH.!!!!!!!!