Saturday, January 12, 2013

Honest Chua Soi Lek

I have always blasted Chua Soi Lek because he is nothing more than a doormat to UMNO. He tries very hard to stay relevant by launching wave after wave of frivolous attacks on the opposition, particularly DAP to divert attention away from a non-performing MCA who is already bankrupt of ideas. But this morning I came across a news article from yesterday’s Star that told me that perhaps, I may have been too harsh on him. Admittedly, I didn’t read the whole piece – only the second paragraph. But that contained the most important point in the whole speech he delivered at the annual dinner of the Air Kuning Kim Lan Association in Gemencheh, Negeri Sembilan.

He had said that with the general election coming, the people should know what was best for the nation and endorse leaders who had proven themselves (p 10). And straightaway, Khalid Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng came to mind. OMG, Chua Soi Lek had decided to endorse the Pakatan Rakyat as the viable alternative to the corrupt government that is now in power. No wonder he didn’t want to be in the cabinet. And no wonder too that he also hinted that he was contemplating joining DAP – read my posting published on January 4, 2012. He saw the writing on the wall. He knew that MCA is already a goner. Even big brother UMNO is fast collapsing.

For once, Chua Soi Lek is being honest!

On Thursday, I was in KDU University College in Damansara Jaya to attend the D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters meeting. I had accepted Joyce Hue’s invitation to be an Evaluator and I was glad to be there. Honest! Her speech alone was worth the price of admission – of course I didn’t have to pay the door fee since I was a role player – and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed her narration of her adventrures abroad. The other speeches were forgetable although Jeff Poon was an exception for he gave a speech that was delivered with great gusto. I must say that I was quite disappointed with the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening because he decided to take on a serious demeanor that was so unlike the Foong Weng Tuck whom I know! His sobering solemnity soon blanketed the room and sapped the little energy there was. And the General Evaluator (i.e. Diong Jia Ming) was stern in her opinions on the speeches – she had explained that as an Advanced club, she had loftier expectations. Anyway, I would give this meeting a score of a 6 out of a 10.

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