Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

I spotted this at Sunway Pyramid:

And I'm having an excuse of a time by treating myself with candy! M&Ms, what else!

I was at the BDO premise in Jalan TAR, Kuala Lumpur yesterday and today, for the Persuasive Speaking workshop:

I was one of four speech coaches.

Blaming Najib Razak

Not a single day passes that we don’t hear from Najib Razak. 

He is nothing but an annoying creep, a blardy nuisance and a vexatious insect. 

I wish he will just shut up! 

Last evening, I was in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for the Money Mastery Toastmasters meeting – and like many Clubs, they too had a Halloween theme.

I delivered my CC #8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids titled My Fave Foods. As per the speech requirement, I used two visual aids – PowerPoint slides that had five photos of my favorite pasta and rice dishes as well as a prop: 

I must acknowledge BDO's Hsiao Leng for helping me to color-print this label I designed for my prop:

BTW, I was voted Best Assignment Speaker:

This meeting was a marathon speech session with five speakers stepping forward to present their spiels:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Najib Razak Still Thinks He Can Do No Wrong

Al Jazeera’s 101 East program that featured Mary Ann Jolley’s interview with Najib Razak showed what a scoundrel Najib is. Not only that but he is a scumbag and a sleazeball. 

As Malaysiakini columnist Mariam Mokhtar wrote: “Jolley's interview gave us a glimpse of a man who still thinks he can do no wrong”. 

Twenty-four seconds into the interview and Najib started his blame game. 

In fact, he introduced three characters – and like it or not, they will now have the spotlight shining brightly on them: 

When Jolley asked Najib should not he know more where the money was coming from, he gave an excuse that given the “commitment”/“assurance” from the late King Abdullah – he had “assumed” everything was fine. 

He reiterated: “I want to say this – that the only reason why I accept it because I had the assurance from, you know, King Abdullah that he would support me and the subsequent initial donations did come from the Ministry of Finance of Saudi and I assume that subsequent donations would also come from sources connected to the Saudi” (4:55). 

In his own words, he said he “assumed” the money banked into his personal account was “a genuine donation”! 

Najib then claimed that the $27 million 22-carat pink diamond pendant “was a gift given by” Sheikh Mansour, the UAE prince and IPIC chairperson – “but subsequently (his) wife did not receive it” (9:43). 

He repeated: “As far as I’m concerned when it was presented initially to me, it was presented as a gift from Sheikh Mansour, okay. If I knew it was coming from 1MDB money, I wouldn’t accept it at all” (10:25). 

And Sheikh Mansour’s brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (or referred to by Najib as MBZ), according to Najib, had indicated his desire to invest in Riza Aziz’s movie – never mind that Najib’s stepson had zero experience producing films. 

Najib of course, defended Riza: “MBZ, Mohamad bin Zayed, err, told him (Riza) in my presence that we are going to invest in your movies, okay – so, we assume that whatever investment is going to come from err, Abu Dhabi. So as far as I’m concerned it was a commercial arrangement” (13:42). 

MBZ must be an idiot because Riza decided to use the money to purchase $100 million worth of assets around the world. 

There must be a lot of suckers on this planet. So gullible. And stupid.

Yesterday, I presented my fifth speech from my Competent Communication manual, Round 50 – it was titled “In Seventh Heaven”.

The Zuellig Pharma SA Toastmasters Club saw only seven of us participating – but it was a cozy meeting nonetheless. And what mattered is that we had speeches and evaluations.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Najib Razak Claims to be Totally, Totally Innocent

Najib Razak (right) speaking to Al Jazeera's Mary Ann Jolley during the interview. Image credit: Al Jazeera

The 101 East is Al Jazeera's flagship Asia-Pacific current affairs and documentary program. 

Host Mary Ann Jolley had secured an exclusive interview on Friday with former prime minister Najib Razak and one of the topics she had repeatedly raised with him was regarding Altantuya Shaariibuu's (right) murder case. 

Excerpts from the said interview on the Mongolian model:

Slow and steady, Jolley pushed him into a corner. And that was when Najib became flustered and agitated. And he stood up and threatened to walk out – but not before he spat out: 

In the end, he sat down to continue the interview. A couple more questions and Jolley got his feathers ruffled again – and he walked out, this time for real! 

Najib was visibly spooked whenever two names were mentioned: “Altantuya” and “Jho Low”. 

I wasn’t too surprised he acted as he did. When you observe his body language, it says one thing – he is GUILTY.

I'm wondering why he agreed to this interview in the first place because it certainly made him look awfully bad. In any case, he did a poor job in trying to convince us that he is innocent.  

Still, Najib apologised on Friday for losing his cool during the said interview, saying Jolley had persisted in talking about Altantuya.

He also said the interview had happened at the same time his wife Rosmah Mansor and sons were being questioned by the police’s Anti-Money Laundering Crime Investigation Team.

“That topic, together with the concern about my family, did get me worked up and I lost my cool for a moment”, he wrote in a statement on his Facebook page. 

LOL! Najib is Najis! He's so full of shit!