Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Case of Cronyism

Yesterday, I was at Cititel KL to attend the MidValley Toastmasters meeting. Moses Wong graciously gave me a speaking slot and so I delivered my Advanced speech from the Speaking to Inform manual – it was titled ‘A Case of Cronyism”.

You will notice that the subject matter is current so it would be of interest to my audience. I had focussed my presentation at the audience level of knowledge – I daresay everybody should know about the Shahrizat family’s wild spending using government funds meant for a cattle-breeding project in Gemas. I was to use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding – and so I prepared a 24-slide PowerPoint presentation. I am showing the first two slides here:

I am sure I had impressed my listeners. It was a good speech because it was informative and well-researched, yet it was infused with humor and added with a dash of spicy sarcasm. Even my Evaluator, Gerald Peter had praised me profusely that I could only grin sheepishly. My speech aside, I have enjoyed the meeting. I am giving it a score of 7.5 out of a 10.

Last Friday, PJ Utara MP Tony Pua (left) claimed that a senior Finance Ministry official had told the Public Accounts Committee on November 23, 2011 that the RM250 million loan to NFC was never meant to buy property at all. In other words, there was no provision for the loan to be used for purposes other than that specified.

Read my posting dated February 10, 2012 titled “A Family of Pigs” where Wan Shahinur Izmir (NFCorp’s CEO) had said something to the contrary! So if we are to believe the civil servant, then this makes Shahrizat’s son a barefaced liar. A swaggering fibber. An out-and-out perjurer.

Then Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz made the outrageous suggestion on Monday that Shahrizat Abdul Jalil need not resign from the Cabinet but merely ensure the loan given to NFCorp is returned in full. I won't comment on Nazri since he is an idiot half of the time! But Nazri in making the call has unwittingly informed Malaysians that he too has now accepted the fact that there was wrongdoing on the part of the Shahrizat family when managing the NFC funds! Why, oh why, is Shahrizat still cocooned in self-denial?

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