Friday, December 9, 2016

Mahathir Mohamad Not Welcomed at King's Installation

Now even the monarchy has been dragged into the murky waters of Malaysian politics.
 
On November 10, 2016, former premier Mahathir Mohamad and his wife (left pic) had received an invite to attend the installation of Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V, who would become Malaysia’s 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on December 13 at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
 
But this invitation was withdrawn on December 06 via a letter from the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. The letter unashamedly said its intent was to spare Mahathir any embarrassment if he attended the event as there would not be a seat reserved for him.
 
Obviously the only reason is because he is now vigorously opposing the scandal-plagued prime minister.
 
Former UMNO minister Rafidah Aziz today questioned the palace’s decision to cancel the invitation – adding that a certain individual’s personal vendetta should not be a factor in the preparation of the guest list.
 
And Mahathir responded, saying he now realized that the palace is an institution owned by Najib Razak and his BN government.
 
Are there any Malaysian institutions that are still independent? God help us!
 
On Wednesday, I attended two Toastmasters meetings. First, the JCorp Toastmasters meeting in PJ where I delivered a CC#3 Get to the Point speech titled “Deep Waters” and second, the Kijang Toastmasters meeting in KL where I gave a CC#4 How to Say It speech titled “Every End Marks a New Beginning”.
 
Both speeches also won me Best Speaker awards.

 
 















At the former, I was also Table Topics Evaluator and at the latter, I took up the additional role of Speech Evaluator. I got voted Best Evaluator too.
 
Productive meetings!

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