Thursday, December 18, 2014

UMNO Member Tells Najib Razak To Quit

An UMNO grassroots leader, i.e. Pusat Bandar Taman Chempaka information head Syed Rosli Jamalullail (left) has demanded that party president and Prime Minister Najib Razak quit before the next general election in order for UMNO to rejuvenate.

UMNO had become weak, he insisted, and therefore, the party was losing not only Malay support, but also voters of BN's component parties, especially from the Chinese and Indian communities.

He then advised Najib point-blank to step down if he “truly loves UMNO and Barisan Nasional”.

Are we seeing the initial ripples of discontent in UMNO? Is a rebellion brewing? Is Najib losing clout?

Only time will tell.

On Wednesday, I was on the fifteenth floor of Menara LGB on Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL for a Toastmasters meeting that was dubbed a “Champions' Meeting”. The organizer did well to assemble champion speakers and evaluators to make this a special meeting. They were all Divison champions and of course, they are worth listening to. If you have been attending division-level and district-level contests, you will know them all: Desmond Cheong, Mirosha Somasundram, Victor Ong, Suthaharan Sri Rama, Meyyappa, Ian Lai and Emil Anthony.

But turnout from the Deloitte side  was sadly, poor. Only five Deloitte Toastmasters came and the rest of us were guests who came from near and far, both Toastmasters (including four Sunway University Toastmasters) and non-Toastmasters.

Anyway, I took the opportunity to deliver CC speech #9 and I was evaluated by Meyyappa. Seriously, I didn’t think my speech was up to my expectations. I lost focus and the speech veered off-center. It wasn't as cohesive and cogent as I would have liked it. I became aware belatedly that my points marched along in disorderly fashion. In retrospect, my speech reminded me of a scatter diagram, if you know what I mean. BTW, this was my one hundredth speech for 2014.

Overall, it was a good meeting. Congrats to Meyya for organizing it!


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