Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Loose Cannon

Yesterday, I started writing my contest speech but I did not get to finish it. And so with a speech that was half-finished, I went to the MAS Melor Toastmasters meeting where Thiagrajah (aka The Tiger of MAS) gave me the only speaking slot available. I used this opportunity to deliver the said speech – this being a CC speech # 9 Persuade with Power. I was also pushed into taking part in the Table Topics session and from the five participants who came forward, I was voted the Best Table Topics speaker. As a finale to this Lunar New Year-themed meeting, we all did partake in Yee Sang.

Today, I did complete the writing of the same speech and I delivered it at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club where the club International Speech and Table Topics Contest was being held. Each of the contests had five participants showcasing their speaking prowess. I only managed to be the second runner-up in the International Speech contest. I was tensed and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Truth be told, the message I was trying to convey in my speech wasn’t impactful enough. Still, I did get a placing, so it wasn't that bad! In the Table Topics contest, I did well to emerge as club champion. Well, at least in the latter, I will be representing Taman Indrahana in the Area B2 contest next month. As for the International Speech contest, I will need to make improvements on the speech and I will definitely try again at another club – either Area G1 or C5. I am not one to give up that easily.

Chua Soi Lek is really an idiot! He persists in defending his criticism of Muslim women who chose not to shake hands with men for religious reasons. In a wrathful response – as reported by Harakah Daily today – Chua stubbornly insisted that this norm practised by Muslim women was contrary to "basic culture and manners”.

And seemingly dissatisfied with his own outburst, he launched another verbal attack, saying there was nothing great about knowing the Islamic religious values. "So what is so great about that? That is your religious value which I don't know. How am I to know about the religious values when I'm not practising that religion?”

Chua is really a loose cannon that is about to self-destruct.

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