Thursday, August 28, 2014

Najib Razak Finally Denounces Islamic State

Finally, Prime Minister Najib Razak came out to denounce the Islamic State. A flip-flop that was long overdue!
Yesterday, in a press statement, he had declared, “The actions of the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are counter to our faith, our culture and our common humanity”. He also reiterated it on his 1Malaysia website.
The disclosure came after Muslim leaders elsewhere had castigated and condemned IS, including Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who said ISIS was “embarrassing” to Islam. Najib wouldn’t dare be different. He's not the type to go against the flow. And so he meekly followed the others. Ball-less! 
At Sunway University and with a new semester starting, the Club and Societies Week saw the Sunway University Toastmasters Club again taking up a booth to promote the club to new students:

On Tuesday, I was at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club’s Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests and which I participated.
I broke into a cold sweat a couple of times because as I reached the venue, I didn’t have a humorous speech. Really, I was clueless. By 6:30 PM, I managed to come up with a speech title. It was not even a proper word because I created it. “Un-handsome”! By 7:23 PM, I had a speech idea and by the time, the Organizing Chair took the floor, some ten minutes later I had become anxious because all I had was just an idea. It wasn't even complete.

When I finally did go up to the front as my name was announced, I began my speech based on that small idea. But as words emerged from my lips, my speech took on a life of its own. And soon after, I delivered a speech that even now as I think back, I marvel at myself. Believe me, extemporaneous speaking is a challenge! Nonetheless, I am grateful it was a winning speech and I have the opportunity to progress to the Area-level contests next. In the Evaluation contest, I was placed second.

On that day too, Celtic again proved they are not up to the European challenge when Maribor edged them 1-0 to allow the Slovenians to advance to the Champions League group stage.

The defeat is a big blow to Celtic, who will miss out on the £14 million they earned in the competition last season as well as the glamor and excitement that accompanies Champions League nights.

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