Wednesday, November 26, 2014

169 Dengue Fatalities in Malaysia

Dengue fever has reached pandemic levels due to public apathy. And I am concerned that many Malaysians are not as alarmed about the mosquito threat as they should be.
There were 88,806 cases reported until November 08 this year compared to 31,170 in the corresponding period last year. And in that same period, a Health Ministry report showed 169 dengue-related deaths, compared to 63 in 2013.
But yet, Malaysian media is shy to shout about it. Only occasionally, dengue made the news and even then, it quietly occupied an inconspicuous portion of a page.
At Sunway University, fogging is done on a regular basis because the dengue threat is real!


Yesterday, I was at Cobra Club in PJ’s Lorong Utara B to attend the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting. I completed my CC manual – my fifteenth round todate – when I delivered CC #10 titled “Blessings”. My dedicated evaluator, Lim Thian Seng must have heaved a big sigh of relief because he had the tenacity, stamina and patience to evaluate all ten CC speeches. Anyway, I was voted Best Speaker and I also received a Competent Communicator ribbon.
(Just so you know, I have another 13 CC manuals that are work in progress and I am supposed to finish them all by end of this year – but that looks very unlikely. Still, I am determined to complete them by June 30, 2015).
A good meeting and I am giving it a score of a 7 over 10. One assignment speaker was way off the mark and methinks he should redo the speech. My opinion only.



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