Friday, August 5, 2011

Mafia Links

I was at a joint Toastmasters meeting last evening involving MAS Cempaka and MAS Mawar clubs. I was requested to evaluate Emil Anthony who is repeating his CC manual. And because Area Governor B2 Thian Seng was very late, I also took on the role of General Evaluator. This was a very different meeting as compared to the day before yesterday. The atmosphere was highly-charged and there was plentiful laughter. And why not? When you have Gerald Ramesh, Stephen Fernando and others, it is easy to understand why.

I particularly enjoyed the table topics speeches as well as Jamila Khan’s and Emil Anthony’s prepared speeches. Yup, in my scoresheet, this meeting earned an 8 out of a 10.

Kompas, the most widely-read newspaper in Indonesia published an interesting article yesterday alleging that the Kazakh mother of Najib’s and Rosmah’s future son-in-law has ties to the Russian mafia. Maira Nazarbayev is the former wife of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev’s brother Bolat. And Nooryana Najwa Najib, daughter of Rosmah and Najib, is betrothed to Maira’s son, Daniyar, who was her college sweetheart in the US.

I am not sure why this newspaper is putting the spotlight on Rosmah and her future in-law but I suppose “birds of a feather flock together”.

Nooryana Najwa Najib, her fiance Daniyar, Daniyar’s mom Maira Nazarbayev and brother Khanbolat. Image credit:

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