Friday, March 21, 2014

The Hijacking Theory

I just read that Malaysians don't have a good opinion of our government. Duh, don't we all know it?! Anyway, Monash University Malaysia’s James Chin had revealed that the most talked-about theory pertaining to MH370 on Malaysian social media is that the plane was hijacked, and that the government is keeping it a secret while negotiating for the release of hostages.

It didn’t help matters when the prime minister himself maintained the plane was “deliberately diverted” – and of course, just like the way how he often communicates, it was a loaded statement. And when no further explanation was made, we were all left to wonder and even speculate.

Chin said he did not believe that theory and so do I. But it is clear that this belief is real. And this has got to do with the measure of public distrust of the government. 

This is sad but true. And the government has shown an amazing ability to look incompetent, sound incompetent and act incompetent! The whole world now knows us for what we are!

I made the journey to Jalan Bukit Bintang in KL to attend the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting – where Vice President Education Benny Chia had so kindly given me a speaking slot. I delivered CC#1 speech and this represented my Round 8 of Project 15 – my evaluator was none other than the irrepressible Benny Chia.

The speech I made really challenged me to the max. Lee Wen Ai was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening and she asked me for my speech title that evening itself. I didn’t know why but I blurted out “Hot Air Balloon” and it became the title of my speech. So having to develop an Ice Breaker speech around that was not easy but I managed to acquit myself well. It was a more than decent speech and I was happy.

The meeting itself was fun and it was good to hear the speeches and evaluations. Better still, we started on time. My score for this meeting is an 8 over 10.

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