Saturday, July 30, 2011

FAM's Apology to Chelsea

I was at Pusat Bandar Damansara this morning for the HELP University College Toastmasters meeting. I must admit that the members immediately infected everyone with their enthusiasm. But when the serious stuff got underway, I was bowled over – especially when the prepared speeches commenced. I was particularly impressed with Tan Tze Yi (I just love her intensity) but honestly, everybody who spoke made a hit with me. I too actively participated – I was one of five Table Topics speakers and one of four evaluators. I am also thankful that Zoe gave me stage time as the Area Governor for G3 and I used it to prompt and encourage members to immerse themselves in Toastmastering so that they become good communicators and leaders. Oh yes, Rajveer Singh was voted the Best Project Speaker whilst Siew Peng grabbed both the Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator awards. I am happy to award a score of 9 out of a 10 because I really, really, really enjoyed this meeting.

The Football Association of Malaysia had apologized to Chelsea’s Israeli player Yossi Benayoun and his club for any anti-Semitic abuse suffered by the midfielder during a friendly match with the Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 21, 2011. This came after Chelsea FC lodged a complaint that their midfielder was booed and jeered whenever he touched the ball in the 1-0 win against Malaysia. Live everywhere else, racism is alive and kicking.

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