Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sabah's UPKO Did Consider Abandoning BN

Bernard Dompok, president of Sabah’s United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) admitted on Sunday that his party, an UMNO ally did consider quitting BN. Even if UPKO had decided to stay put, the fact is Sabah politics remains fragile. I would not be at all surprised if Sabah BN disintegrates any time soon because Sabahans have woken up to the tyranny that has befallen them for so long.

I had a Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting to go to yesterday but decided to attend the Friendship Toastmasters meeting instead. Besides, I was already listed as an Evaluator for an Advanced speech. I marvelled at the tireless exertions put in by both the President and the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening to ensure the meeting’s success and indeed, their efforts did not go to waste. I particularly enjoyed the speeches by both Ben Fong and Susan Lim – the latter delivering her speech after a one-year hiatus – and these were dutifully accompanied by evaluations that were just as insightful and illuminating. Lien Chai again tried his best but his meandering speech lacked coherence. A promising speaker but sadly, he tends to lose himself in his own speech. And a complex speech at that. Overall, I would award this meeting a 7.5 over 10. BTW, the meeting started four minutes late.


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