Monday, April 18, 2016

No Sense of Fair Play

The announcement has already been made that Sarawak will have their eleventh state election on May 07, 2016.

Yet, it is disturbing that over a dozen opposition figures have been barred from entering the state since Adenan Satem became chief minister on February 2014, succeeding Abdul Taib Mahmud who is now the Sarawak governor.

This is clearly, a violation of their fundamental right to travel freely within their own country on legitimate political purposes. Where is the state government’s sense of fair play? And what is Adenan afraid of?

Malaysians including Sarawakians must demand a clean, free and fair election. Democracy is in great peril.

On Saturday, Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club organized an “Evaluation with Purpose” workshop and hosted by Gamuda Toastmasters Club. At Menara Gamuda in PJ's Damansara Perdana.

We had seven facilitators including David Hughes – who is from the Frankston Toastmasters Club in Melbourne, Australia – who is visiting the country. Personally, I think it was a very good session. The participation level was high and I believe there was much learning.

We did not use test speaker(s) though – instead, we showed a video of a TED talk titled “The Price of Shame”. Believe me when I say it is worth watching! Insightful, illuminating, intense.

We screened it twice and participants learned to give feedback. 

Fifty-nine had officially registered their attendance. A more than decent turnout – in spite of the fact that Divisions B, C and D had their Contests on the same day. And a very good mix of Toastmasters from many different clubs too.

Also, there was a wee celebration for three Toastmasters who had birthdays on that day: Betty Phua, Suthaharan Sri Rama and Victor Ong.

Thank you everybody for your presence and support!

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