Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Sultan Knows

The Selangor sultan (left) in an interview with The Star in conjunction with his birthday today, said the Malay and Iban Bibles that were returned to Sarawak Christians carried a warning by the Selangor religious authorities – read my December 09 post – to ensure that the Holy Books, which contained the word “Allah”, did not return to the state.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also told the newspaper that the Bibles were stamped because a 1988 law had been breached despite the Attorney-General deciding that the Bibles did not go against the said law. Aaahhh, HRH is in the know.
The sultan said that the Association of Churches in Sarawak, which received the Bibles, were aware of the cautionary message. That may be so but nothing can change the fact that the Bibles had been desecrated. The Christian texts were defiled, sullied and violated.
On Wednesday, I attended two back-to-back Toastmasters meetings. In KL. First at Air Products in Bangsar South and second at MIA in Brickfields. And at both meetings, I presented speeches.

At the Air Products Toastmasters meeting, I gave CC speech #8 titled “Master Chef”. I used props and I thought it was a good speech that was liberally laced with humor. We started late but other than this, it was a good meeting. Special thanks to club president Eddie Lai for permitting CP Lau to evaluate my speech immediately after my presentation – so that I can leave for my next meeting at No.2 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3 soon after.

At the MIA Toastmasters meeting, I similarly delivered CC speech #8 – although a different speech titled “Broken Pieces”. Again I used props (i.e. hammer and mug) and this time, I was evaluated by Meyyappa. I also took up an additional role as Table Topics Evaluator.

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