Friday, December 19, 2014

In Malaysia, We Have Professor Kangkung

On Wednesday, Fahmi Zainol, the former Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya president urged the National Professors Council (MPN) to advise the Universiti Malaya management instead of merely criticizing students.
Last Sunday, the MPN head of the political cluster and Universiti Utara Malaysia vice-chancellor Mustafa Ishak issued a statement declaring that students who get involved in demonstrations were mimicking the opposition parties in Malaysia.
Fahmi explained that the ‘Occupy UM’ protest was done to voice students’ discontentment towards the punishment meted out by the UM management on the UM8 group.
He also said MPN members should look to improve themselves before coming out with statements that do not represent them as professors. To be fair to MPN, it was only one idiot making a fool of himself. We shouldn’t paint all of them with the same brush.
Fahmi also questioned the standing of MPN, which has been seen as nothing more than a “tool for UMNO and BN”. In fact, he pointed out that people are calling them ‘Professor Kangkung’ – which does explain a lot about the quality of MPN membership.
I was at The Boulevard in KL’s MidValley yesterday to attend the Area W1 joint Toastmasters meeting which was held in the MAICSA premise. Area W1 consists of four clubs, i.e. MAICSA, Universiti Malaya, MIA and BASC Toastmasters clubs.
It was a good meeting because I did enjoy all three speeches that were presented that evening. In Toastmasters meetings that I have attended, that was a rare occasion indeed. My only grievance is that they started the meeting late. Thirty-one minutes is too much. This particular meeting earns a score of 3.5 over 10.

And in Cairo, Egypt, at the Wadi Degla Women’s World Squash Championship on Thursday, Nicol David (left in yellow) was the first player to reach the semi-finals with a straight-games win over France’s Camille Serme. She battled to win 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 13-11) in 43 minutes.
But it is the end of the road for Low Wee Wern when she lost to Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy 0-3 (10-12, 3-11, 4-11) in thirty minutes. Still, she did well to come this far.

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