Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Malay Bibles Released in QuickTime

On Monday, I attended the Phoenix Toastmasters meeting at Uptown in Damansara Utama. It was a wet evening but I was glad I came. The two speakers were a revelation, especially Wei Mun (who did her ‘Icebreaker’ speech) and I also particularly enjoyed Gan Poh Lin’s evaluation. So the evening was well-worth it.

And yesterday, I attended the Area G1 International Speech & Table Topics Contest hosted at the Bangsar Toastmasters Club premise. There were ten contestants from three clubs in all – I was representing KL Advanced Toastmasters for the International Speech contest this time around and fellow member Philip Wong participated in the Table Topics contest. And when the results were announced, both of us emerged victorious, winning the right to represent Area G1 at the Division G International Speech & Table Topics contest.

I am certainly relieved and happy – I rewrote a speech that I had, then had it printed at 5:10 PM on Tuesday, before proceeding directly to the contest venue. I managed to read thrice but that was all the practice I had. It’s not that I am taking the contest lightly but this is a busy month for me and I am in the midst of marking stacks of examination scripts from my Leadership class. The deadline is too close for comfort but that’s Life.

The Najib administration ordered the release of 35,000 Malay-language Bibles which were seized at the ports of Kuching and Klang – even though the Cabinet was set to discuss the issue only on Friday. Obviously, the Sarawak polls are now likely to take place next month, and they acted quickly to appease the Christian community, especially since they make up a significant percentage of the population there (The Malaysian Insider, March 15, 2011). Will Sarawakians realize that now is the time to have a change in government?

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