The Pusat Bandar Taman Cempaka UMNO branch organized a high tea event on Saturday and invited Mahathir Mohamad. Their chief Syed Saifuddin Syed Harman used the occasion to urge party members to support the former premier and not let him fight his battle alone to revive UMNO.
[In case you didn’t know, Mahathir is waging a fierce campaign all year to try and force UMNO president and prime minister Najib Razak out of office].
He said: “Fish always go rotten from its head. They never go rotten from the tail, which is why we have to fix the head first”. BTW, the "rotten fish head” analogy is a familiar advice popularized by the MCA in a past power struggle.
Syed Saifuddin – I beg to differ! It’s not just the head that is rotten – but the whole fish!
Anyway, he reiterated that UMNO would be buried at the next general election if ego and arrogance continued to exist in the party. I suppose he was referring to Najib’s ego and arrogance.
On the same day too, I was about 7 km away – at the Amoda Building in Jalan Imbi for the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting. A good meeting and I received two accolades – Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator.
And when the meeting was over, I went across the road to Berjaya Times Square to attend the Division P Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contests. I was unexpectedly called out to do a 5-minute humor session and I was relieved the audience actually laughed.
More importantly, Manimala Ganasan, my P5 rep did well to win both the contests. [Note: Andal Krishnan who was the Area P5 Speech Evaluation champ couldn’t make it and so the first runner-up went in her place].