Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Art of Boredom

I did assignment # 4: Keep Them Laughing from the advanced manual Humorously Speaking at the MIHRM Toastmasters Club yesterday evening with my speech title “The Art of Boredom”. Thankfully, everybody laughed and I was glad. To me, that is one measure whether I did well with regards to a humorous speech. In any case, my evaluator was ACB KC Ng who said that I delivered humor well. His one itsy-bitsy advice for me was to pause more effectively. What's more, I won the Best Speaker award and earned a blue TI ribbon for my entertaining effort.

This was my fourth speech and I have 6 more to go!

The MIC, which was again given the mandate to contest the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat, must deliver the seat for Barisan Nasional (BN), Prime Minister and BN chairperson Najib Razak said (Webpage, posted yesterday). Najib highlighted that it was important for the MIC to prove itself as a national party serving not only the Indians but all communities. Now this is where I cannot fathom his logic. MIC stands for Malaysian Indian Congress, and by virtue of the name and membership, they cannot but serve Indians. If Najib wants political parties to cater to all communities, then dissolve all race-based parties – which include MIC, MCA, and UMNO! Why not make BN into one political entity rather than as a coalition of different parties?

Najib added: “I decided on Kamalanathan (as the BN candidate) to fulfill the demand of the local voters. This means that the people’s views on a suitable candidate to be MP (is given priority)”. If this is true, then BN will win hands down. So, I am sorry but PKR will surely lose as a result. It’s simple, deductive logic.

And Najib’s statement got even sillier: “This is the first consideration because Hulu Selangor is a BN constituency. We temporarily loaned it to PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat). The time has come to end the loan and return it to the BN”. As I finished reading this sentence, I fell off my chair because I was laughing so loud. Come to think of it – I have been falling off chairs pretty frequently these days ever since Najib and Muhyiddin came to power! If you ask me, this whole BN thing is now a big joke!

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