Thursday, February 24, 2011

Election Commission Overlooks

The D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters had their meeting last evening. As soon as I reached the venue, I was requested by the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening, Chan Siew Peng and club president Nancy Liew to deliver a speech because two assignment speakers had withdrawn at the eleventh hour. And so I did it again – I delivered CC speech # 8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids which was really on the spur-of-the-moment. Since it was a last minute thing, I had to quickly decide on my props – and so I used a laptop and a cell phone. According to Foong Weng Tuck – who was present on both Tuesday (he was the General Evaluator at the Taman Indrahana meeting) and Wednesday (he’s a member of the D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters) – yesterday's speech (i.e. “I Walked Away”) was “better” than my Tuesday speech. I cannot say if I agree with him because although I spoke, I didn't really hear myself speak! I was concentrating hard on my oration.

I lament the fact that after so many elections, the Election Commission has only now decided they need to improve transparency at postal voting centers in military camps by stationing EC officers there. All this while, polling stations in military camps are managed by armed forces personnel (The Sun, February 23, 2011, p 08). Shame on the EC! They have failed in their job when they overlooked this particular predication.

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