Saturday, April 27, 2013

Altantuya Billboards in Kuching

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Bravo to DAP Bandar Kuching for coming up with the three billboards that featured Altantuya Shaariibuu. They screamed the words “Siapa bunuh dia?” (“Who Killed Her?” in English). They were erected in strategic points in the city in conjunction with BN chairperson Najib Razak’s visit to Kuching today – for the simple reason that the Altantuya murder case is still shrouded in mystery, as explained by DAP Bandar Kuching candidate Chong Chieng Jen.

The Altantuya name continues to make news due to the alleged involvement of persons close to Najib and not to mention that there is also speculation that Najib himself is involved. The latter has, of course, denied any wrongdoing.

But the BN stooge in the form of the Kuching South City council demolished the billboards last night, thus sparing Najib any embarrassment. Why are the authorities so afraid of the Altantuya name? If Najib's hands are not stained with her blood, what is he so frightened of?

Maybe DAP should print posters by the thousands instead and plaster them onto lamp posts, signboards, walls and anywhere they can get noticed. I say, it is more effective to blanket the city’s public spaces with Altantuya’s image – and see if enforcement officers can remove these bills before Najib sets his eyes on them. Malaysians have had enough of Najib!

This morning I was in Pusat Bandar Damansara to attend the HELP University Toastmasters meeting. I was an evaluator for an Ernst & Young speaker where he was supposed to use technology to enhance his speech. I didn’t think he fulfilled his speech objectives and his “lecture” was less than satisfactory. The trouble with many Toastmasters is that they seem to be in a hurry to complete their manuals. Anyway, there were other good speeches as well as evaluations. However the choice of the General Evaluator was  a poor one because sadly, she didn’t know half of what she was talking about. E.g. She said the meeting should have started punctually but she neglected to mention that she was the cause of it because she herself came late.

The meeting had many shortcomings, e.g. members leaving their seats and standing in one corner of the room. I suppose they are rather new in Toastmastering and they have had had no guidance or support. Whatever happened to their senior members? HELP Toastmasters who were present were enthusiastic and energizing but they didn’t know how to properly conduct meetings. As such the quality of today’s meeting suffers. My score for this meeting is a 2 out of a 10.

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