Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Penang's Speaker's Square

I was the Grammarian at this evening’s Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting. I was delighted that the word of the day that I had chosen (i.e. ‘rejoice’) was used by 50% of the 24 attendees present – which is something to rejoice about!

The Speaker’s Square at Penang’s Esplanade is a great initiative! The Penang government deserves to be congratulated for promoting freedom of speech. Still freedom is not absolute, and one has to be responsible. In any case, the police have already armed themselves with video cameras to record the speeches of those who air their views there. I don't think it is for posterity, but whether it is intimidating or not, that is something else, I suppose. Hey, this is Malaysia and not Hyde Park, London! Speaking days and times are every Wednesday and Sunday from 6 PM to 10 PM. Penangites are so fortunate, are they not?
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But I am thinking that Penang-based Toastmasters should seize this opportunity to do their speeches here – perhaps a speech a day? Wouldn't that be great? Any Toastmaster who is up to the challenge? If I am in Penang, I would!

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