Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1Malaysia Arch

At the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting this evening, I delivered my CC speech # 6: Vocal Variety – a speech titled “Goodbye, My Love”. My evaluator was May Yong, CC. I thought I did rather well – and there was indeed vocal variety when I presented my sad speech! Indrahanians didn’t know that I only crafted my speech this afternoon itself, even though I gave the genuine impression that it was a well-rehearsed speech! Anyway, both my evaluator and the General Evaluator, Dr. Devi Menon, DTM sang praises, so I was pretty pleased. Not surprisingly, I also won the Best Speaker ribbon for that speaking effort.

I have been blabbering about 1Malaysia and how it is sounding like a loud fart. And like a fart, it is commonly heard and it is everywhere! But that is all there is to it – an expulsion of gas from the body through the anus! 1Malaysia is the same – I see a regular release of empty bombast, but in the end, it is just so much hyperbole! With the never-ending "hot" issues that have erupted in the public space, touching a raw nerve and stepping onto the sensitivities of a multi-racial country, 1Malaysia should best be allowed to die quickly and painlessly.

Still this has not stopped the Don Quixotes from flogging a dead horse. And so, we have this unpretty monument to 1Malaysia. This rebana ubi arch along Jalan Syed Putra was built for RM1.5 million to shout Najib Razak's 1Malaysia (Webpage
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=523088, posted August 22, 2010). What to do? If you cannot get the people to believe in 1Malaysia, at least erect a structure that is a symbol of fustian silliness, a totem of farcical delusion. Show the world lah that we can come up with ideas that are flippant, flighty and frivolous. Now, if only the government had used the RM1.5 million from Libroff Media Sdn Bhd to undertake community projects so that they may earn brownie points from grateful Malaysians instead. Wouldn’t that make more sense?

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