Thursday, September 15, 2011

Malaya Was Never a British Colony

On Tuesday, I attended a Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting after a month’s absence. It was another great meeting and everybody enjoyed it tremendously. I was the grammarian and I have to admit that the standard of English was only average. Still, there were great speeches and evaluations. In the former, Mahan is going great guns and I believe he is on the right track while in the latter, Ng Jean Hui was in her element and she was deservedly voted Best Evaluator. She too has improved and she can only get better!

And on Wednesday, I had to go to Ernst & Young in Bandar Pusat Damansara for the Area G2 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests. Eight participants in total and all save one delivered good speeches and evaluations. I also enjoyed the test speaker’s presentation because he was funny and he even had a table teeming with props to accompany his speech! Definitely, an interesting and novel approach! Oh yes, I was there as the Timekeeper.

Anyway, the winners for the Humorous Speech Contest were Leong Kok Wah from Malaysian Insurance Institute Toastmasters Club (Champion) and Roger McGovern from Speecom Toastmasters Club (First Runner-up), and for the Evaluation Contest, the victors were Lee Chen Choon from Ernst & Young Toastmasters Club (Champion) and Hadzrin Shah from UEM Toastmasters Club (First Runner-up). All four will proceed to the Division G contests scheduled for October 08, 2011.

National Professors’ Council (MPN) member Professor Dr Zainal Kling (left) has made a startling statement that Malaya (the percursor to Malaysia) was never a British colony but a “protectorate” and he even went so far as to maintain that the British advisors in fact, acted as if they were the rulers instead of the Malay Sultans. I have always believed that stupidity is very contagious and so Mahathir Mohamad also came out strongly to give support to this contention. For the information of readers, MPN is one of those bodies the government just loves to create in order to provide a platform for half-baked and irrelevant academics to parade their bovine stupidity.

According to this dumbo, only Singapore, Malacca and Penang had been colonized over the past 400 years, with the exception of the period between 1946 and 1947, when Malaya was under Japanese occupation during World War II. So if I was to accept this as a fact in history – I said, if, didn’t I? – then Malaysia… oops, Malaya shouldn’t be celebrating Merdeka on August 31! Only Malacca and Penang can do so! In fact, Malacca is inextricably linked to Merdeka because it was here on February 20, 1956 that Tunku Abdul Rahman made the Merdeka announcement – that’s why you can find the Merdeka Monument in Malacca itself!

Now this is momentous because tomorrow is September 16, the day when Malaysia was actually formed way back in 1963. That is why we call it Malaysia Day, a day that is meaningful to all Malaysians! It is okay for Malaccans and Penangites to reminisce about August 31 but really, we should just stick to one date, i.e. September 16.

In Malaysia, stupidity is proudly promoted for a good reason, that, dunces like Zainal can get due recognition! Not to worry, folks, we produce an abundance of dullards and they are all clamoring to show off their asininity! Malaysia Boleh!

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