Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wan Ahmad Challenges

One of the two imbeciles at the Election Commission yesterday had dared Anwar Ibrahim to withdraw from parliament if he does not accept the results of GE13. This is plain rudeness that borders on epic stupidity. This is a disgusting display of vulgar arrogance. Its deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar had told Free Malaysia Today: “I challenge Anwar to boycott Parliament if he is unhappy”!

I repeat. This is boorish and unbecoming. The EC is an accomplice in managing fraudulent elections, so it does not have any right to throw a challenge at the opposition, much less to even make a suggestion. And it should exercise great care because it is hardly trying to camouflage its disposition towards UMNO.

The EC should learn from our next door neighbour. The same fate can befall them. In July 2006, Thailand’s three election commissioners – namely, Vasana Puemlarp, Prinya Nakchudtree and Virachai Naewboonnien, who were seen as close allies of then embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – were sentenced to four years in prison for violating election laws and abusing their powers by allowing unqualified candidates to run in parliamentary elections in April of that year. The country’s top court later nullified the poll results, saying the elections were unconstitutional. The court also revoked the commissioners’ right to vote and conduct any political activities for 10 years.

Last evening, I crossed the road from Sunway University to evaluate Ashwinee Rvan’s tenth CC speech at the Monash Toastmasters meeting. I was roped in because she had requested for someone who knew her when she first started Toastmastering and could avouch the gilt-edged progress she has made since then. After all, she was a member of the Sunway University Toastmasters Club before she transferred her membership to the Monash Toastmasters Club (Sunway). Not surprisingly, she delivered her speech with amazing aplomb. I can confirm that she is indeed a good speaker. Generally-speaking, the meeting too went well – the energy was palpable and the quality commendable. An 8 out of 10 score.

I had requested that my evaluation slot be moved forward so that I could rush off to attend the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting and I did. At least the last one-third of the meeting anyway. And I stayed on for the AGM after that where the new Exco for the 2013-2014 term was elected.

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