Friday, May 3, 2019

SRC International and 1MDB Trials Rushing to Be Heard

The Attorney-General’s Chambers had wanted the 1MDB case to be postponed pending completion of the SRC International trial. 

It makes sense – as deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Izzat Fauzan had explained: “It would be against public interest and prejudicial to the defense of the accused to have multiple trials proceed on a part-heard basis as this would result in unnecessary delay in all trials”. 

Judge Colin Lawrence Sequerah, who is presiding the 1MDB case, however, declined the request – prompting A-G Tommy Thomas (left) to file a motion in the High Court to vacate Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial dates and allow the former prime minister’s ongoing SRC International case to continue unimpeded. 

Yesterday, the judge finally consented and fixed from August 19-29, the months of September and October and the first two weeks in November as the new trial dates before him. 

One trial at a time, please!

Last evening, I was at Lanai Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia’s purpose-built residential complex that comes complete with facilities for training, conferences, sports and recreation, thus, providing an excellent environment for formal and informal learning. 

Here, the Kijang Toastmasters Club had their meeting and I was there, at the invitation of Vice President Education Madhurantika Moulick. (She couldn’t be at the said meeting because she is in Armenia on work assignment). 

I was the General Evaluator and on that day itself, I was also given a speaking slot – and which I happily took up. I delivered a CC #3 speech titled Endgame. 

Overall, it was a good meeting, really. Rarely have I attended Toastmasters meetings where you get to listen to three amazing speeches and three awesome evaluations – all in one sitting. 

BTW, I was voted Best Assignment Speaker. Nice.

Photos from the meeting:

I am on my final lap to finish my project speeches and yesterday's speech was my seven hundred and forty-third! 

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