Tuesday, January 20, 2015

E. Coli Visits Najib Razak

Did you know that Malaysia’s favorite prime minister (left) considers himself a flood victim too?

Incredulous as it may be, pathetic Najib Razak put on a sad face and said he was bedridden at home for days and could not conduct visits to his own parliamentary constituency (i.e. Pekan in Pahang) to assess the floods situation there.

“Even though I am not qualified to receive aid, but I can be considered a victim because I was infected by E. coli,” he was quoted as saying by Mingguan Malaysia.

The Prime Minister's Office had posted on Twitter on January 05, 2015 that Najib had contracted E. coli bacterial infection following his visits to the flood-affected states. It must have happened between the time he came back from Bangkok and January 04, I reckon. There’s no need to panic and be alarmed. The PM did make a full recovery. So, all is well with Najib. Sigh!

Anyway, it was the only reported E. coli case, which means it was an isolated incident. On the same day as the Twitter message, Health Department director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah declared that there was no E. coli outbreak.

Perhaps, it is a good thing Rosmah was not with him at that time. She is an active person – so we don’t want to see her confined to a hospital bed when she should be up and about, engaging in the things she loves – shopping, shopping, and shopping.

Heavy rains have been battering Sarawak too. And The Star on Tuesday said that the number of flood evacuees have climbed to 5,178 (page 08). Even parts of Sabah are not spared. In any case, I don’t believe you will see Rosmah there anytime soon. Unless and until the floodwaters have subsided. She doesn't like to get her feet wet.

If you had read about her 6-city tour (not counting Hawaii), you will know that one of those posh places she went to was London. You never know but given her expensive tastes, she might have visited Margaret Dabb's Sole Spa at Liberty on Great Marlborough Street where a pedicure costs $2,500! If you paid so much to treat your feet, you certainly wouldn't want to soak your feet in murky and muddy floodwaters, would you? 

On Saturday, I was at Bankers Club in KL’s Jalan Imbi to participate in the MIMKL International Speech & Table Topics contests. It’s an annual affair and I am trying my luck again. I did come out as champion for both the contests though. To be honest, it wasn’t a great speech but it was good enough to win!


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