Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Utusan Malaysia Spins

On Saturday, there was a forum on social media at The Regency in Kuala Lumpur, organized by the Prime Minister's Department agency Biro Tata Negara (BTN), and the 1Malaysia Social Media Convention secretariat. But the pronouncements that came out of the speakers sounded like a babbling, bumbling bunch of baboons.

Take Utusan Malaysia’s deputy chief editor Mohd Zaini Hassan. He said media practitioners are allowed to spin the facts to paint a “desired picture” to the reader. As he explained, “Spin we can; no matter how we spin a certain fact to be biased in our favour, that’s okay”. This explains why the Malay daily is filled with so much crummy drivel!

Another panelist, head of the UMNO young ulama secretariat Fathul Bari Mat Jahaya, urged pro-BN social media practitioners to use “deception” in the psychological war against the opposition. He justified this citing how Prophet Muhammad had used deception to fight his enemy. I ask you, since when has the rakyat become the enemy? And why drag Islam into your speech? Aren’t you twisting the facts to your favor? In the eyes of the non-Muslims, how would we perceive Islam, now that we know deceptions (muslihat) are allowed in Islam? Thank you for your perspicuously lucid picture.

We know these UMNO misfits just love to crap and the above are things they have said that reflect their stupidity. But I still ask myself. Don’t they know when to shut up?

I was at the Money & You Toastmasters meeting a couple of hours ago. Table topics were challenging and it was a good test for participants. But perhaps because they were challenging, the Table Topics Master could get members and guests to volunteer themselves rather than be volunteered. The assignment speeches were generally undistinguished, particularly the second and third speeches. Sure, there was ample evidence of preparation, but content was lacking. The evaluations were spot-on though and at least, they more than compensated for the lack of quality in the speeches. Whatever the case may be, the meeting at 3rd Mile Square in Old Klang Road had its share of fun and laughter. And the General Evaluator was Akash Karia, a member of South Horizons Toastmasters Club in Wanchai, Hong Kong. My score for this meeting is a 7 out of a 10.

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