Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mahathir Mohamad Will Resign if He is the PM

Mahathir Mohamad has come out with all guns blazing! He has accused Putrajaya of failing to provide strong leadership and put Malaysia on the right path to development. Then he said: “If I am the present prime minister, I would resign”.
Najib Razak is likely to remain very quiet and still given Mahathir’s tongue-lashing. What else can he do? He just knows how to warm his seat. And meanwhile, Malaysia is being cast adrift.
More photos of the SpeechCraft hosted by Soroptiist International Club of Damansara and organized by WIM Toastmasters Club on Saturday:


Malaysia Day 2014

Image credit: http://www.teachformalaysia.org/blog/2013/03/why-i-teach-for-malaysia-ibrahims-story/flag-of-malaysia/

Happy Malaysia Day 2014!

WIM Toastmasters Club and Soroptimist International Club of Damansara put up a SpeechCraft for young people over two days, i.e. September 13-14, 2014  at the SI Vocational Resource Center in Jalan SS23/11, Taman SEA in Petaling Jaya.

It's a community project and this made it even more worthwhile.

Of course, I was there to lend a helping hand and as always, it was a great experience.

Check out the photos:


Monday, September 15, 2014

A Case of 2 Mothers and 1 Father

A Brazilian judge ordered a baby be registered as born with two mothers and a father, a first in the South American country.
The novel step had been requested both by the baby's biological father and mother, and the biological mother's female partner.
Judge Rafael Pagnon Cunha in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul decided Thursday the mothers had a right to form a stable legal union, and the father did as well, the newspaper O Globo said. He therefore instructed that the baby's civil registry be adjusted to reflect "what life has reserved for her: a multi-part nest, full of love and affection."
Maria Berenice Dias, the head of the diversity committee of the lawyer's association in the state, who said the law should adapt to changes in society, applauded the move. O Globo said Fernanda Batagli Kropenski, 26, and Mariani Guedes Santiago, 27, had asked their friend Luis Guilherme Barbosa to help them have a child.
He agreed, but on condition that he be recognized as the father of the baby girl, who was born on August 27, the newspaper said.

In Saturday’s Scottish Premiership game, Jason Denayer (7) and Kris Commons (46) put Celtic comfortably ahead and then Aberdeen responded with David Goodwillie's goal (60) – but the former still prevailed and got the three points.
As for the EPL fixture on the same day, Liverpool lost 0-1 to Aston Villa, despite Brendan Rodgers fielding six of his summer signings! And when defeat stared at him, he could only lament his side's "lack of quality" in attack! The sad thing was that Liverpool enjoyed 75% possession against their opponents but managed just one shot on target – and even that, didn’t produce anything of consequence. Pathetic Reds!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Malays are Lazy; Dishonest Too

Earlier this week Mahathir Mohamad had lamented that Malays do not feel ashamed of failures anymore. And he was ashamed of them. 

Now he has described the Malays as being lazy. He explained: “They prefer to become Mat Rempit, that is why I said they are lazy," Mahathir told UMNO mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia in an exclusive interview published today.  

Moreover. he added that the Malays are dishonest and lacked integrity because they prioritized money more compared to the Chinese. 

Methinks, Mahathir was being seditious when he insulted the Malays. Malays can insult Malays but for non-Malays, it is another thing altogether. And Mahathir is an Indian Muslim. 

Perhaps Mahathir is playing mind games. On one hand, he maligned the Malays and on the other hand, he used the Chinese for comparison. This put the Chinese in a bad light because they made the Malays looked bad. 

So thanks to Mahathir, Malays are hurting and anger is likely to be directed against the Chinese. 

On Thursday, I was at the Satu Hati Toastmasters meeting where I delivered an Advanced speech “Read out Loud” titled “Frangipani”. With this speech, I had completed another round of ACB. ‘Twas a decent meeting and I am going to give it a 7 over 10 score. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Big Business Don't Want Independence

Big business is conspiring with the government and making every effort to arm-twist Scots into voting 'No' on September 18.
The bosses of three retail groups Marks and Spencer, B&Q owner Kingfisher and Timpsons do not favor Scottish independence. And they made it very clear. The chief economist at Deutsche Bank David Folkerts-Landau also says nay. Furthermore, it has been revealed that the Royal Bank of Scotland plans to relocate its registered headquarters from Edinburgh to London in the event of a 'Yes' vote.
Let’s see if Scots will allow themselves to be bullied.
Meanwhile, the Yes Scotland campaign claims that over the weekend there will be more than 35,000 volunteers at 473 registered street stalls working hard to convince people to vote for independence. They say that 2.6 million "Yes" leaflets will be delivered in 48 hours.
"The 'Yes' campaign has been carried along by a flourishing of self-confidence among people in Scotland, said Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
From what I have read, I think the momentum is still growing.
And that is a good sign. Yes! It is time Scots get their country back!
On Wednesday, I attended the AIA Capsquare Toastmasters meeting. I was an Evaluator for an ice-breaker speech. And I produced a good evaluation and which earned me Best Evaluator award.

But time management was poor and the meeting not only started late but finished even later. For a maiden meeting, the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening could be more enthusiastic, energetic and excited – instead he sounded subdued. Overall, I would score this meeting a 2.5 over 10.