Monday, November 30, 2015

Muhyiddin Yassin is Willing to Be Sacked

The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 29, 2015
Today’s The Sun carried a front page story about Muhyiddin Yassin and the headline blared “I’m willing to be sacked”.
On Sunday, UMNO deputy president Muhyiddin had said he was prepared to lose his position and his party membership for speaking up on alleged wrongdoings in 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak's account.
The former deputy prime minister also said he could not "bear the sin" of keeping quiet over these matters, which the people were also concerned about.
He spoke at an assembly of UMNO members in Pagoh, Johore where he had received a memorandum expressing support for him from 106 branches in the division.
He had even asked the 1,000-strong Pagoh UMNO if they were prepared to have an independent representative, to which they gave him their "ayes".
For how long more can Najib tolerate Muhyiddin?
On Saturday, I was in KL. My morning stop was at Wisma HELP in Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights to take up the role of Table Topics Evaluator at the HELP University Toastmasters meeting.

And after that, in the afternoon, onwards to Meteor House at the OUM City Campus at Lorong Rumah Kelab, off Jalan Tun Ismail to attend the OUM Toastmasters meeting. Here, I delivered my Ice Breaker (again), which represents my thirtieth round of the Competent Communication manual. I was also the Sergeant-at-Arms as well as the Grammarian.

Just an interesting note. In the 2014 calendar year, my Toastmastering activity was in full swing. At least, I thought so. I had participated in 255 regular meetings in 87 different clubs and delivered 103 project speeches.

As of 5:00 PM yesterday, I had already accumulated a total of 260 regular Toastmasters meetings in 88 different Toastmasters clubs and also delivered 104 project speeches.

What it means is that I have now exceeded last year's outcomes! And there are still thirty-three days to go before 2015 ends!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

UMNO Branches Unite Against Najib Razak

The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, November 28, 2015

Some twenty UMNO branch leaders launched a new initiative dubbed “Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia” or “Coalition of Branch Chiefs Malaysia” on Friday in order to push Najib Razak to resign as party president.
One Puchong UMNO division grassroots leader Said Amidon claimed hundreds of UMNO branches have thrown their weight behind the cause, but declined to identify them for ‘safety’ reasons. I don't think they have the numbers; it is all a big bluff.
But if you believe him, then an UMNO revolt is about to be unleashed upon Najib. Personally, I would love for him to cling on to the UMNO presidency and the prime ministership. If he stays on, UMNO become weakened by the day.
Let this corrupt party implode and when UMNO are no more, the country can have a new political order, a new beginning, a new future.



On Thursday, I was at No.10, Jalan Cendana, off Jalan Sultan Ismail in KL to attend a Fraser KL Toastmasters meeting hosted by Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur. It was a good meeting and I was there as the General Evaluator.

And afterward, my hosts indulged me with a couple of rounds of wine to cap a productive evening.
What more could I possibly ask for?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sir, Please Don't Burn Malaysia!

"Sir, please don't burn the country, if we burn, you burn with us too", Hamidah told Najib

In a special message directed personally at the UMNO president, sacked Gopeng division Wanita chief Hamidah Osman had yesterday told Najib Razak not to “burn the country”.
Hamidah’s sacking – supposedly taken due to ‘disciplinary’ issues but more likely for criticizing the party leadership – was announced by Najib himself on Tuesday after the party’s Supreme Council meeting.
She had been vocal in demanding Najib's resignation, and was in early September reported by Malay daily Sinar Harian as saying, “Don't tell me three million members need to sacrifice for the sake of one man. It should be the leader who sacrifices for the sake of the party's three million members.”
She had also urged Najib to accept the reality that the 1MDB scandal had compromised the people's trust in UMNO.
Of course, these remarks didn’t endear her to Najib.
And on Wednesday evening, I was in KL’s Jalan Pantai Bahru to attend the Telekom Malaysia Toastmasters meeting where I delivered my CC #10 speech titled “A Leap of Faith” and I was rewarded with the Best Speaker ribbon. And in the process, I have completed my twenty-ninth round of the Competent Communication manual.

I have now received fifty-eight standing ovations in total – isn’t that just awesome?


I am already planning to end the 2015 year with one more CC and in the next five days, I am going to deliver five speeches.