Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bear Hug

I was reading The Sun’s editorial today and I quivered with embarrassment to know that Hasmy Agam, the executive chairperson of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) had disclosed that Malaysian diplomats abroad “are often rendered tongue-tied and speechless when they come face to face with foreigners” (p 12). Then how to represent Malaysia? Malaysia’s cause in this globalized world is certainly not well served by sending officers of the type described by Hasmy abroad or even to interact with foreign representatives in the country. Malaysia can talk with other countries only through its officials but if its officials cannot talk because of poor command of the foremost international language – English – or because they are shy how can it find out important unpublished details about another country. My recommendation is to enroll these fellas in Toastmasters Clubs immediately – for sure, they will improve!

I received this photo that explains why Malaysia’s No. 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei lost to China’s Lin Dan in the recent Thomas Cup 2010 Finals! Rosmah Mansor (Najib’s wife), who is the BAM patron had given Lee a (suffocating) bear hug – just before that crucial first singles. No wonder the latter lost in straight sets (17-21, 8-21), all because of severe oxygen deprivation!

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