Friday, May 31, 2019

Lynas Betrayal

Malaysia will allow Australia's rare earth plant Lynas Corp to continue operating in the country, Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday. 

Lynas’ licence is due for renewal in September but has been facing opposition over waste disposal issues. 

The prime minister’s shocking decision ended uncertainties that bogged down the future of the $800 million (RM3.35 billion) Lynas plant in Gebeng, Pahang following a temporary suspension of its operating licence. 

“Lynas is allowed to continue operating because we do not want to lose big investments from Australia”, he explained. 

This is an unforgivable betrayal – Mahathir is putting money from Australia ahead of the rakyat’s health. Shame on you, Mahathir!!! 

I was at Wisma IEM in Jalan Selangor, Petaling Jaya in Selangor. I was the General Evaluator at the IEM Toastmasters meeting last evening.

Malaysian Graduates Speak Sub-par English

Another prominent personality has added his voice to the cacophony of loud concerns that our graduates speak sub-par English. 

Daim Zainuddin (left) had expressed in an interview with Astro Awani on Wednesday that at its current pace, Malaysia will not be competitive globally because our young people have poor English language skills. 

He said: “When someone questions in English, they cannot answer. Whereas knowledge is English”. 

He asked a pertinent question. “We must think of the future. Where are we going to bring our nation to?” 

And the debate over the increasingly second-rate ability to understand and speak English, particularly among those who attend public education institutions, has risen to a point that we can no longer afford to ignore. 

We all know this only too well already. But so far, it is all talk. 

I can add too that even graduates from our private tertiary institutions speak mediocre English. A sad situation. 

Worse, we also have a mediocre Education Minister. His priorities are screwed-up big-time and the country is still in a mess.

On Wednesday evening, I was in Plaza 33 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for the Nielsen Malaysia Toastmasters meeting. 

Again, they didn’t start on time. Being fourteen minutes late is inexcusable and it shows they have zilch respect for those who came on time. 

Anyway, I was there because I had a speech to give. I delivered a CC #3 titled Quick, Quicker, Quickest. This was my 60th Get to the Point speech and I was voted Best Assignment Speaker: 

Photos of the said meeting:

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Drinking Binge Promise

LOL, I came across this yesterday in Malaysia Chronicle: 


When that happens, I promise I will go on a drinking binge.

FYI, disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak (left) has 42 criminal charges, and his hotshot lawyer Shafee Abdullah (far left) has four. 

Yesterday at noon, I was in Jalan Teknologi 8 in KL’s Taman Teknologi Malaysia where I attended the Standard Chartered GBS Toastmasters meeting.

Thanks to Kingston Lee, I had a speaking opportunity – and I delivered a CC #8 speech titled The Heavy Load. This is for my Competent Communication manual, round 58. 

I also took part in Table Topics and I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker.


Day 20: Najib Razak Shocked and Upset

Najib Razak surely deserves the Razzie Award for Worst Actor!

Yesterday was Day 20 of the SRC International trial – and it's worth repeating, the former Prime Minister is charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving the 1MDB subsidiary's funds totaling RM42 million. 

A witness, Ihsan Perdana managing director Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman (left) on Wednesday had shared that Najib “was shocked that someone had been putting money into his accounts. He did not know who it was. He was upset”. 

However, Najib did not instruct him to lodge a report either with the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission pertaining to the fund transfer transactions.

Methinks, Najib felt "syiok" rather than "shocked"!!!