Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cowardly Leaders Thrive in Malaysia

In his latest posting, the Crown Prince of Johor has taken another swipe at the political leaders in the country.
Although, Tunku Ismail (left) said he did not wish to 'ruffle feathers' and his comments were made within a Johor context, few believe the real target is not Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Some even think the princely advice is also meant for Deputy Prime Minister Muhyddin Yassin, who is caught between demanding greater transparency and accountability from his boss for the RM42 billion 1MDB financial scandal and keeping his cushy job.
"A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men, and that one of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. He (the prince's late grandfather) also taught me that great leaders musters the courage to fulfil his vision from passion, not position," Tunku Ismail wrote in a posting on the Facebook page of the Johor Southern Tigers.
Of course, Malaysians know that the cowardly leaders are Najib (that’s obvious!) and dithering Muhyiddin who should take courage from the Prince's words and not give in to his boss.
The cowards are not just the aforementioned duo but those in UMNO and even in the Cabinet itself. Many of them don’t want to rock the boat even when scandal after scandal has surfaced. It would seem that all of them have lost their balls!
Last evening, the Little Penang Kafe in MidValley lured me with a delicious promise of delectable Malaysian fare. So, I stopped there for dinner before proceeding to The Boulevard.
Char keow teow, RM13.40 and Durian cendol RM8.80 per bowl
At the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting. I was the Ah-Counter. And a good meeting it was because two of my favorite speakers, Kashveena Mahendran and Zoë Zheyi Tan spoke. And they got my attention, 100% because I was exhilaratingly enamored by their speeches. They remind me of me – in other words, they were excitingly eloquent.
I certainly enjoyed the meeting. We may have started on time but alas, we ended late – therefore, my score for the said meeting was only a 4.5 over 10.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank you, Sunway TES!

The Sunway TES Youth Leadership Program (June 26-28, 2015) is one of nine components of a 2-week “PPAM Bridging Program” created by Sunway TES for PPAM scholars.
Sunway University Toastmasters became involved when their Head of Programs (CAT/ACCA) Lum Pey Wah brought a group of PPAM students to our regular Toastmasters Club meeting one Thursday evening. She was sufficiently impressed that she decided to rope us in to add value to the aforementioned Bridging Program. And that's how we proposed the YLP.
Indeed, the Youth Leadership Program has worked its magic on the student participants and I can see they have learned well. And their confidence has been boosted that they can now find their voice to speak. Of course, Toastmasters made this possible.
We learn by doing – that’s why YLP works. We provide the opportunities to practise in a friendly and non-threatening environment. It’s as simple as that.
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The highlight of the YLP was the finale, the “speech showcase” where the YLP’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 winners – three from each YLP group – put their speaking talents on display for everyone to see (and listen). And they spoke well.

I am sure everybody was impressed. I was!
Thank you, Sunway TES. Thank you, PPAM scholars. And thank you, Toastmasters.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Good Learning Environment @ Sunway TES YLP

The Sunway TES Youth Leadership Program was a challenge because we were given just eighteen days to organize it. And it was no mean feat because I don't think anybody has done a YLP that involves more than ninety participants at one time. 
Moreover, we know we cannot carry this event alone – even if we had eleven of our own members giving up their weekend for this YLP. We still had to seek help from Toastmasters outside of the Sunway University Toastmasters Club.
And in true Toastmasters' spirit, they answered the call.
Therefore, I wish to record my heartfelt thanks to the Toastmasters who had stepped forward. It would be a very long list if I were to name all of them – You know who you are! – but the least I could do is to name the Toastmasters Clubs they come from: ITC Bintang Toastmasters Club, TMIKL Toastmasters Club, KL Advanced Toastmasters Club, Monash Toastmasters Club, D'Utama Toastmasters Club, D'Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club, AmBank Toastmasters Club, Super Speakers Toastmasters Club, MidValley Toastmasters Club, Scope Toastmasters Club, MAD Toastmasters Club, Crystal Toastmasters Club, WIM Toastmasters Club, Money & You Toastmasters Club, APU Toastmasters Club, Pesona Toastmasters Club, Premier Advanced Toastmasters Club, MIM Toastmasters Club of Kuala Lumpur, Phoenix Toastmasters Club, Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club, EY Toastmasters Club, OUM Toastmasters Club, and Kelana Bilingual Toastmasters Club.

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