Saturday, November 30, 2013

Malaysian Stamps Depict Baba Nyonya Heritage

On Wednesday, I mentioned about the Baba Nyonya Heritage stamps. On Friday, I managed to get my hands on the said stamps:

Photos of some of the people I met at yesterday’s Gala Night Dinner:

An Evening with the Babas and Nyonyas

Yesterday, I attended an event that showcased a centuries-old culture consisting of traditional love ballads, dondang sayang, joget, keroncong and pantun. And there was a re-enactment of a traditional Baba Nyonya wedding too. 

This Gala Night Dinner kicked off the 26th Baba Nyonya International Convention 2013, Kuala Lumpur (November 29-December 01, 2013). KL-Selangor Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association president Dr Lee Su Kim said proudly: “Ours is a golden heritage worthy of preserving.” 

The three-day event, held at Holiday Villa Subang Jaya in Selangor attracted delegates not only from Malaysia (mainly from Malacca, Penang, Kelantan, KL and Selangor) but also from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and I am sure, a few other places as well. 

Photos of the said event: 

It is already the end of November and I have now attended 205 regular Toastmasters meetings for this calendar year (compare this to 183 meetings over the same corresponding period in 2012) and 71 different Toastmasters clubs (compared to 60 clubs in January-November 2012). In fact, I have already surpassed the whole of 2012’s tally of 198 regular meetings in 65 different clubs.

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Caring Malaysian

This photo from MiLo SuaM's blog today is something that we don’t see often enough in this country. Let us try to be as caring as this Malaysian police officer: 

SUBS colleague Derek Ong and his Marketing Research students hosted the Marketing Research Poster Exhibition today at LG3, Graduate Center, Sunway University. I was one of six judges and I was billed as the industry expert. This year, it has a Christmas theme and there was even caroling. Good job, everybody!

Tecoma Says No to McD

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The residents of one Victorian town aren’t just saying “No” to McDonald’s – they’ve launched an international fight.
When McDonald's decided to build a restaurant in the Victorian township of Tecoma (population: 2200), 35 kilometers east of Melbourne, it must have seemed an obvious thing to do. The township is a gateway to the Dandenong Ranges, one of Melbourne's favorite playgrounds, a place of fern glades and forest villages and the lovely old Puffing Billy steam train that has delighted generations of children. For McDonald's, the only question must have been: why wouldn't you?
But two years on, the hills are alive with dissent. More than 90,000 people have signed a petition calling on the burger giant to back off; celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has tweeted support for Tecoma to his 3.4 million followers; high-powered lawyers have volunteered their services to defend protestors charged with offences related to the disruption of the development; while McDonald's has been portrayed as a corporate bully.

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In Tecoma, members of the No McDonald's protest group and security guards, who are washboards for their anger, keep uneasy company. Protest slogans are scrawled on the fences of the intended construction site: "This is our home", "Not in our community", "We will never give up", "Leave our hills alone", "Not welcome", "Child predators."
Writs are also pasted to the fences naming eight people who are being sued by McDonald's for damages caused by disruption to the development, including loss of profits. In Tecoma, they are referred to, in the language of martyrs, as the Tecoma Eight.
The opposition is overwhelming. Because:

I support the “Tecoma Says No to McD” cause!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fat Pay Increases

On Wednesday, the Selangor state assembly had approved fat pay increases for themselves with effect from January 01, 2014. 

The menteri besar's monthly wage would be increased from RM14,175.15 to RM29,250 (+106%); state executive committee, from RM6,109.29 to RM20,250 (+231%); Speaker, from RM6,109.29 to RM22,500 (+268%); Deputy Speaker, from RM3,327.50 to RM15,750 (+373%) and state assemblypersons from RM6,000 to RM11,250 (+87.5%). 

Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) is extremely generous insofar as salaries are concerned. In other areas, he is plain stingy. Anyway, why the hefty salary hikes? Why now? Why the indecent haste? 

Does he know the meaning of "reasonableness"? 

Pray, what is the justification?  Khalid's explanation thus far is lame.

This move smacks of self-promotion and selfishness. 


I was in KL’s Mont' Kiara this evening for the Ireka Toastmasters meeting. There, on Level 18 of Wisma Mont' Kiara, I evaluated the third speaker. He was presenting his tenth Competent Communication speech. I was not that familiar with the club and so I didn’t have expectations. Still, I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be a good meeting. I am going to award the meeting with a 7 over 10 score.