Election Commission chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said yesterday that “it only takes three minutes to register yourself as a voter” (New Straits Times, March 31, 2012, p 08). He advised that those who are eligible to register as voters to do so immediately and not leave it to the last minute.
He said those who register as voters by today would be able to cast their votes in the next general election if it is held by June. For those who register after tomorrow (April 01), their names would not be gazetted in time for the next general election if it takes place in or before June. I sincerely hope Malaysians have taken heed of this advice. My only gripe is why did he highlight this only yesterday?
This morning, I was at Level 6, D’Villa Residence along Jalan Ampang to attend the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting. It was a good meeting and I took on a double role – as Grammarian as well as Evaluator for Dr Rohana Ngah who delivered her speech from a manual in the Advanced Communication Series, i.e. Speeches for Management. We also had a diverse group of visiting Toastmasters who dropped in. Obviously, this only added to the merriment. They were Dr Arulnathan from D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club, Ivy Fung from Kota Kinabalu’s Api-Api Toastmasters Club, Sonja Chan from Diversity USA Toastmasters Club in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA and Minnie Li from China Advanced Toastmasters Club in Shanghai, China. Oh yes, I was voted Best Evaluator. A deserving 8 out of a 10 score.
And last Thursday, I was in Kelana Jaya for the Joint MAS Mawar-MAS Cempaka Toastmasters meeting. We were fortunate to have Gerald Quinten and Foong Weng Tuck to liven up the meeting. Plus four Indrahanians. The meeting scored a six out of a ten. I took some photos – these are shown below: