Sunday, November 29, 2015

UMNO Branches Unite Against Najib Razak

The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, November 28, 2015

Some twenty UMNO branch leaders launched a new initiative dubbed “Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia” or “Coalition of Branch Chiefs Malaysia” on Friday in order to push Najib Razak to resign as party president.
One Puchong UMNO division grassroots leader Said Amidon claimed hundreds of UMNO branches have thrown their weight behind the cause, but declined to identify them for ‘safety’ reasons. I don't think they have the numbers; it is all a big bluff.
But if you believe him, then an UMNO revolt is about to be unleashed upon Najib. Personally, I would love for him to cling on to the UMNO presidency and the prime ministership. If he stays on, UMNO become weakened by the day.
Let this corrupt party implode and when UMNO are no more, the country can have a new political order, a new beginning, a new future.



On Thursday, I was at No.10, Jalan Cendana, off Jalan Sultan Ismail in KL to attend a Toastmasters meeting hosted by Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur. It was a good meeting and I was there as the General Evaluator.

And afterward, my hosts indulged me with a couple of rounds of wine to cap a productive evening.
What more could I possibly ask for?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sir, Please Don't Burn Malaysia!

"Sir, please don't burn the country, if we burn, you burn with us too", Hamidah told Najib

In a special message directed personally at the UMNO president, sacked Gopeng division Wanita chief Hamidah Osman had yesterday told Najib Razak not to “burn the country”.
Hamidah’s sacking – supposedly taken due to ‘disciplinary’ issues but more likely for criticizing the party leadership – was announced by Najib himself on Tuesday after the party’s Supreme Council meeting.
She had been vocal in demanding Najib's resignation, and was in early September reported by Malay daily Sinar Harian as saying, “Don't tell me three million members need to sacrifice for the sake of one man. It should be the leader who sacrifices for the sake of the party's three million members.”
She had also urged Najib to accept the reality that the 1MDB scandal had compromised the people's trust in UMNO.
Of course, these remarks didn’t endear her to Najib.
And on Wednesday evening, I was in KL’s Jalan Pantai Bahru to attend the Telekom Malaysia Toastmasters meeting where I delivered my CC #10 speech titled “A Leap of Faith” and I was rewarded with the Best Speaker ribbon. And in the process, I have completed my twenty-ninth round of the Competent Communication manual.

I have now received fifty-eight standing ovations in total – isn’t that just awesome?


I am already planning to end the 2015 year with one more CC and in the next five days, I am going to deliver five speeches.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amazing Achievement: 9 DCP Points in 5 Months

Today, Sunway University Toastmasters Club have achieved 9 DCP points making us a President's Distinguished Club (of course, assuming we also achieve our April 2016 renewals) for the fourth year in succession! And we did it in a record time of five months! Truly, an amazing club!

And we are one of ONLY 3 clubs in District 51 (i.e. Peninsular Malaysia) to have earned this "President's Distinguished Club" accolade todate; the other two being Penang Hokkien Association Club and ITC Bintang Toastmasters Club.  

On Tuesday, National Feedlot Corporation executive chairperson Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail was acquitted of two criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges involving RM49.7 million.
On August 28, 2015, the Court of Appeal had rejected his bid to dismiss a High Court decision to strike out his application for the two CBT charges to be dropped, and ordered the trial to proceed in the Sessions Court.
It looks like the cows will continue to take up residence in the condos. Sham justice!

On Thursday, Liverpool reached the Europa League last 32. Jurgen Klopp's side defeated Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield having endured the worst possible start when injury-plagued England striker Daniel Sturridge's comeback from a knee injury stalled when he hurt his foot in the warm-up.
The English side then fell a goal down in the Group B clash in bizarre fashion after 33 minutes when goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was penalized for holding onto the ball for 20 seconds rather than the permitted six. Henri Saivet (33) buried the resulting free-kick but Liverpool were level just five minutes later when James Milner scored from the penalty spot after Ludovic Sane fouled Christian Benteke. Belgian star Benteke then hit what proved to be the winner in the fifty-fifth minute with a rasping right-footed drive.

With one round of group games remaining, Liverpool, whose final match is against second-placed FC Sion in Switzerland on December 10, are guaranteed a top-two finish.

Meanwhile, Celtic slumped to a tenth consecutive Europa League game without a win – this time, they lost 1-2 at home to Ajax in Group A. And Scottish interest in this continental competition came to another sobering end.

Ahmad Zahid Denies He Had Bought His PhD

Image credit: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at his UPM Convocation on October 18, 2008
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi asserted he had worked very hard to earn his doctorate rather than just pay cash for it.
The UMNO veep insisted his PhD was for a dissertation he had written on conventional media communications and how it shaped public perception during the general elections under the 22-year rule of then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
It is uncertain what prompted the federal minister to raise the issue during a speech he made on Thursday. Seven years on after his doctorate and he brought it up it's very strange!
“The dean of UPM communications faculty is here, the UPM chancellor is here. They bear witness that I did my own research. They know that I did not buy my doctorate,” he said, referring to Universiti Putra Malaysia, where he was awarded his postgraduate degree.
I don’t know why there are people who continue to cast aspersions on Zahid’s hard-earned doctorate. If he said he did it himself, then he did it lah!
Even if hypothetically-speaking, it wasn’t his work – does it matter? In Malaysia, honesty is no longer the best policy!
On Wednesday morning, I was at Taman SEA in Petaling Jaya to lend support for a demo meeting for Reapfield Taman SEA real estate negotiators. I was an Evaluator for an Ice Breaker.
I know this meeting will bear fruit and we can expect a new Toastmasters club soon. I am confident – just give it another two months.

Less than four hours later, I was off to Subang Jaya to attend the Real Toastmasters meeting at Jalan SS19/1G. I was also an Evaluator at the meeting. Sadly, it was a shambles from the start. I left immediately after my evaluation – and I told the president the club has a lot of unlearning and re-learning to do.