Thursday, March 21, 2019

Unhappy Malaysia

I just read this report in the New Straits Times that Malaysia is becoming an unhappy country! 

We were supposedly ranked thirty-fifth on the 2018 World Happiness Report, which was not too bad an achievement – in fact, Malaysia was the second highest ranked Southeast Asian country, after Singapore. 

But a year later, we saw a mighty plunge to eightieth place. 

The ranking, based on surveys conducted in 2018, also saw Thailand and the Philippines overtake Malaysia. Singapore, which came in 34th in WHR 2019, retained its top billing in Southeast Asia, while Thailand and the Philippines moved up to 52nd and 69th, respectively. 

And Myanmar was the lowest ranked country, coming in one-hundred-and-thirty-first out of the 156 countries in the report, an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

This tells me that the Pakatan Harapan government has been failing in their duty to serve us Malaysians and that the initial euphoria arising from them taking over the government to forge a Malaysia Baru has almost completely disappeared. 

On Tuesday, Lakhmichand MA passed me my three Awards from Toastmasters International that I had earned: 

I look at my growing pile of certificates and I wonder when shall I stop? Enough is enough, methinks. 

And I had submitted my CC Award application #55 on Wednesday and I forwarded my CL Award application #24 today – this will boost my collection of Awards for Communication and Leadership to a grand total of 108. 

I have gained so much from Toastmasters and I am reminding myself always that I should give back whenever the opportunity arises. 

Thank you, Toastmasters!

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