Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Pakatan Rakyat ceramahs have been regularly dogged by BN-inspired hooliganism and violence has even erupted. But even the most tolerant can find their patience wearing thin. So when Mat Rempits were paid to disrupt a PR event at the Star City Convention Center in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on March 24, 2013, the PR fellas retaliated and the thugs on motorcycles just as quickly fled. As we say in Malay, “Padan muka!” (Serves them right!) Check out this 40-second video clip:

Today I was at the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting which was a whitewash of a meeting. We started fifteen minutes late. There was no SAA. There was no General Evaluator. Then we were told speakers had pulled out, leaving only two - one of whom was a guest Toastmaster from a Puchong-based club. The attendance was pitiful - there were fifteen of us only, of which ten were members. I took up two roles - as Toastmaster-of-the-Day and General Evaluator; the second one was handed to me because no one else was willling to do it. The club president also took up two roles, i.e. Table Topics Evaluator and Speech Evaluator. Even one of the two speeches fared less than well because the speaker wilfullly abandoned the objectives or she didn't understand them which is equally worrisome.

The above teaches us that boasting a large membership doesn't neccessarily translate into members who are commited to the cause. We seem to be always too eager to sign up members but what we get are Toastmasters who lacked real understanding of what Toastmastering is all about. Many pay lip service to The Toastmasters Oath. Maybe we should recite this Oath at every meeting? We obviously needed reminding. And the club president has to shoulder everything on his own! He forgets he is no Superman. I would score this meeting a 1 out of 10. Another disappointing meeting!

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