Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DAP Branded as Kafir Harbi

Last week Malay daily Utusan Malaysia reported that Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman (left) had labelled the DAP as a “kafir harbi”, pronouncing the party as being anti-Islam. Therefore, it would be a “great sin” for Muslims to support the party.

The term “kafir harbi” was used by Muslims in the past to describe non-believers who go against Allah and Prophet Muhammad and they can be put to the sword.

It's funny that he singled out only the DAP. He chose to conveniently omit mentioning MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other political parties from East Malaysia that are similarly opposed to ‘hudud’.

On Monday, independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin lodged a police report against Abdul Rahman over the latter’s incendiary remark targeting DAP. He explained that the statement was dangerous as it was no different from the propaganda spread by terrorist group Islamic State.

We live in a multi-religious country and the Pahang mufti’s statement was objectionable, offensive and odious.

And yet the government choose to keep mum. The police, of course must act on this immediately – but will they do it? I'm sorry if I sound cynical.

On Tuesday, I was on the twenty-first floor of the Bankers Club in Amoda Building in KL’s Jalan Imbi where I attended the TMIKL Toastmasters meeting.



















 






An engaging Toastmaster-of-the-Evening who else but Lim Yi Kang ensured the meeting was overflowing with enthusiasm and energy.

I delivered a speech from the ‘Storytelling’ manual titled “Don Quixote” – and portraying myself as the Malaysian version of Cervantes’ character. And I was voted Best Speaker. Nice!

Another Toastmaster who impressed me was Ong Mei Lin. She was the speech evaluator for a CC#10 and wow, she was brilliant.

This was a Toastmasters meeting that was both enlightening and enjoyable! The sort of meeting that makes me want to go to TMIKL meetings again!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wear Traditional But Not the Saree!














A copy of the Ipoh City Council invitation which is being circulated on social media. Image credit: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/06/26/ipoh-city-council-explains-saree-confusion/

The Ipoh City Council’s invitation to staff members to a special Aidilfitri gathering on July 01, 2016 – this Friday – has raised heckles!
 
All because it stipulates a dress code.
 
And there is nothing wrong with that.

It mandates Malay employees to wear "national clothes" but the advice on attire for the other communities raises angry questions. Those invitees can wear "traditional clothes with the exception of the saree".  

For some reason, Indians and their ‘sarees’ are being singled out!

On Saturday, it tried to wiggle itself out of the raging ruckus of its own making. It claimed there had been a misinterpretation.
 
Then it spectacularly showed how seriously stupid it was when it said: “When it says 'except saree', it means the staff can wear a suitable saree”.
 
Meaning, the word 'except' carries no weight, no meaning, no relevance in that particular context. 'Except' becomes redundant.
 
I don’t wish to demean myself by giving a response. Kindly don’t insult my intelligence by being inanely idiotic!
 
And I bet those ignoramuses didn't know that the saree is one of the oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment from the past. 
 
Yesterday, I was in Uptown 5 in PJ’s Damansara Utama to attend the Phoenix Toastmasters meeting. I was the General Evaluator.
 
It was a good meeting and only because Nicole Choe was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening! I certainly found her to be a class act! She presented herself with dignity, grace, and sincerity.













 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Christal Wong: Art & Passion

Christal Wong Ching Ling is passionate about drawing and painting!

And I am pleased to feature a sample of her works – she sent them to me yesterday – because this eighteen-year old is truly talented.





























She tells me that she used to draw on the floor every day after kindergarten. At that tender age, she has already discovered her love for art.  

Now an Architecture student at Taylor’s University – that love affair with Art is still going strong!

It is because of Toastmasters that I got to know Christal (left). After all, Toastmasters bring people together.

I first met her as a fifth-former at SMK Subang Utama in Subang Jaya when she attended a Youth Leadership Program that I was involved in. I remember the day, i.e. March 13, 2015. She was in her school uniform a turquoise pinafore over a white shirt. I remembered her because she smiled a lot!

We became friends and the rest, they say is history.

This post today pays tribute to our friendship!