Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wan Azizah Puts on a Brave Face

In the wake of Anwar Ibrahim’s five year jail sentence, his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ahmad put on a brave face.
 
“Tears are meant to wet the cheek only for a short moment, so wipe it away and continue to fight. This is what I feel now,” she said yesterday.
 
Malaysians are ready to fight the good fight! Lawan tetap lawan!
 







 
On Thursday, I was at KDU University College for the D’Utama Toastmasters meeting. (I was absent from my own Sunway University Toastmasters meeting on that same day). But I must confess the meeting was just so-so – a score of 6 over 10 would have been considered generous – and I left after the General Evaluator made his opening remarks. I already knew that the meeting had been draggy and it was twenty-three minutes behind schedule.
 
One of the two speeches was supposed to be inspiring but it turned out to be uninteresting and I was unmoved. I sometimes wonder why the speaker used a visual aid – unless of course if she was attempting CC speech #8 – when words should be more than sufficient to leave a good impression.
 
I would like to draw attention to Diane Setterfield’s writings: “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic” (The Thirteenth Tale, 2006).

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