Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Ibrahim Ali Leadership Award

I was at the AFC Toastmasters meeting yesterday – and this time, I thought I could sit back and enjoy the meeting. But as luck would have it, I was asked to be an evaluator for Lee Tong Fong who did his CC speech # 2 Organize Your Speech. This was one highly-charged and highly-energized speaker! He has a great booming voice and he delivered the speech almost flawlessly.

This is another vibrant club and with Grace Tan as the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening, you can expect an exhilarating evening of enlivened engagement. The evaluations were great by the way and overall, I would give this meeting a score of 8 out of a 10.

And another thing - this was the first time both Thiagarajah as Area Governor G4 and I as Area Governor G3 could attend a meeting together. He rushed straight from KLIA while I went immediately after my video-conferencing meeting of the External Board of Examiners with Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). Thiaga and I have promised to work together during this 2011-2012 term and as such, our joint presence yesterday was a tangible step forward.

I cannot believe it when I read that Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) had agreed to the RM5,000 award sponsored by rabble-rousing demagogue Ibrahim Ali himself for students who play a leadership role in a Malay art and culture associations or other national associations that are considered successful or effective within or outside the campus – according to The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

I am disgusted that this university could take leave of their faculties to agree to the Ibrahim Ali Leadership Award. What it shows is that the quality of this particular university has just flown out of the window because it tells me that the people who decide to accept this sponsorship have no sense and sensibility at all. Any decent university would have rejected this "sponsorship" in the first place!

But having said the above, it must be acknowledged that even a dubious award such as this has its merit. The recipient should have no problem getting a job upon graduation because UMNO will take care of him/her, employment-wise. He/she has zilch options anyway because which employers in their right mind would hire a UiTM graduate who is a recipient of this questionable award? Seriously, I do really hope that UiTM would dismiss this outrageous offer because why must the university let Ibrahim Ali syiok sendiri? He can do it elsewhere! UiTM must surely value their reputation.

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