Friday, August 13, 2010

Clap and Cheer

I had already expressed my intention to present CC speech # 5 on Thursday. The day after my Taman Indrahana humor and evaluation speech contest, I managed to commit onto a single piece of A4 paper, a short story that will serve as my opening. Until I arrived at KDU College – that was all I had. Six minutes in the car-park and I knew what I wanted to speak on. By the way, I was the third of four speakers at this D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters’ meeting. And when my turn came, I delivered my speech titled “Clap and Cheer”. in a masterly flourish of words and gestures. Best of all, I was voted Best Project Speaker! So, I am happy my speech was very well-received.
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Division B International Speech champion, Dennis Wee evaluated me, and certainly, he was extremely detailed and even hard-hitting. His pointers were helpful and I am grateful for his honesty. He didn’t win the Best Evaluator award though – that honor went to another friend, Siew Peng – she evaluated SK Khor, the fourth speaker. It is heartening to note that the quality of evaluations this time around was exceptionally good. With Dennis, Siew Peng and Yat Seow – I am not surprised. Anyway, a good meeting overall! My only wee complaint was that the General Evaluator was tiresomely long-winded. And oh yes, it is about time we bring back Table Topics!

UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday bluntly described the Malaysian Cabinet’s decision to disallow local university students from joining political parties as “gutless and indicates outdated thinking”.

In Malaysia, we have the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) which forbids students of institutions of higher education and matriculation colleges from joining or associating with any political parties. It doesn’t make any sense because these same students aged 21 years are already able to cast their votes and exercising their rights as mature Malaysian adults but at the same time, they are prohibited from getting themselves involved in political parties. Only in Malaysia…

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