Monday, June 24, 2013

Malaysia's Most Powerful Women

A self-congratulatory advertisement appeared on page 5 of The Star on June 18, 2013 that brashly identified Malaysia’s “Ten Most Powerful Women”. Of course, the prime minister's wife, Rosmah Mansor emerged as leader of the pack. Is there anybody out there who disagrees? Who dares to object? It is a fact that is indisputable, irrefutable and incontestable. She is, after all, the real power behind Najib Razak.

This list also gave recognition to S Ambiga who is in position No. 4 and Nurul Izzah Anwar in position No. 5. But wait! Michelle Yeoh, the under-performing actress captured position No. 3!

I don’t know why Yeoh insisted on becoming a laughing stock but she is doing a damn good job of it.

It is not known which party paid for the full page advertisement, but according to the Star's advertising rate card, the advertorial would have cost at least RM42,120.

In a blog posting by veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin, he said the ad, according to the Star's advertising department was taken out by a 'Sendirian Berhad' company, however, the paper declined to identify further.

I am wondering what purpose did it served unless it is merely an asinine act of flippant frivolity and outrageous over-indulgence.

On Friday, some SUBS colleagues departed for Port Dickson or PD to the locals. It is situated about 32 km from Seremban and 90 km from Kuala Lumpur. And we stayed at the Grand Lexis Port Dickson, a resort styled sanctuary near to Lukut Town. An awesome venue for a retreat!

Although PD has been depicted as a beach and holiday destination, it has also been described as a quiet coastal town. I didn’t know how precise the portrayal was until we explored PD town and saw for ourselves how “peaceful” the town was. It was just on or about 8 PM on that Friday evening. We had dinner at the PD Waterfront – an esplanade development right in the heart of PD town. There was even a funfair across the road from this place and these pictures showed the throngs of crowds who went missing:

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