Saturday, September 10, 2016

The UMNO Ship is Slowly Sinking

UMNO Information chief Annuar Musa boasted that thousands of Malays had joined the party. And this was reflected in the big wins in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in June 2016.
“Why must we only talk about the people who are leaving and not about the new members joining UMNO?" He asked after opening the Tanjung Karang UMNO division delegates meeting today.
He was commenting on Gelang Patah UMNO division permanent chairperson Baharom Abdul Ghani's exit from the party on the same day. The latter announced he was quitting UMNO during his speech at the event citing dissatisfaction with the party leadership.
“UMNO now (are) no longer the party for Malays but (have) become the property of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, and cannot be salvaged anymore,” Baharom posted on his Facebook page.  

Another Johore leader, Kulai UMNO deputy chief Tosrin Jarvanti (right) also quit the party – and his exit was marked with a symbolic gesture of returning the UMNO flag to the Kulai UMNO division chief.
The duo’s decision to leave came just a day after Bersatu was given the final seal of approval by the Registrar of Societies.
The party was formed as a vehicle for UMNO rebels (Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin, et al) disillusioned with Najib’s corrupt leadership.
Methinks, the UMNO ship has sprung a leak and is sinking. Slowly but surely.
UMNO supreme council member Ismail Sabri Yaacob believed as much. He warned party members at the Kuantan UMNO division delegates meeting to cease being nostalgic about Mahathir. The latter is already gunning to sink UMNO, and that, he should be torpedoed out of the water before he does just that.
Yesterday, twenty of us converged at Oversea Restaurant in KL’s Jalan Imbi to attend the Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters meeting.

I was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening and I took the opportunity to give a toast to members.

It was also to fulfill assignment #1 from the Special Occasion Speeches manual.
It was great to have eleven members and nine guests to make it an evening of riotous fun. Including three special people. David Hughes from Frankston Toastmasters Club, Australia and Sharm Siva and Jai Narayan from Smedley Speakers' Society in Bangalore, India.

Ten effortful table topics speeches, four enjoyable project speeches and the accompanying enriching evaluations were well... educational and yet entertaining. 

Lots of merriment! 'Twas a marvelous meeting indeed! That is what I would call a Liquid Gold experience! 


BTW, I was presented with a Triple Crown pin. [In case you didn't know, it is a District-level recognition for Toastmasters who have achieved any three educational awards in a Toastmasters calendar year].  

In my case,  I had amassed twenty-one awards in 2015-2016. And finally, District 51 had decided to recognize my achievements.

I suppose it is better late than never!

And if you must know, for the 2016-2017 year, I have 5 awards in the bag. In September, already I have earned two more awards (i.e. ACB, ALB). And there is still nearly ten more months to go!.


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