Sunday, February 27, 2011

Area B1 International Speech & Table Topics - 26 Feb '11

It was my ultimate target for many years to be an Area Champ. And Happened this year. Due to work commitment I didn't had much practice session. But I had the confidence in my script and message that I wanted to deliver.

Till the contest day, I was still thinking of my content and relevant example. If beer or cigarette can make people to distress, for me it's my running. After Saturday morning jog, while jogging I was able to picture how to deliver the speech and I manage to get some points.

As I reached teh venue, i realised there were 5 contestants for my Area which was: Benard Louis (District 1st runner up in evaluation contest), Nimmala (a writer), Thiaga (defending Area B1 TT Champion) and a rookie from Taylors college.

I knew, its going to be a tough fight, but I wanted to give the rest a run for their money. My target was to finish podium in Int speech contest and grab the title for TT contest.

As the contest started, I was contestant num 5. I liked it so that I can do some last minute preparation. When I saw Benard presenting abt driver seat, nimmala on quiting, Thiaga on Fear and other girl on love, I knew I stands a good chance if I perform well.

I went in front, I started, the audience were engaged with my speech. The more I speak, the more momentum i had and more energy in my speech. Upon presenting, a lot of them came and told me that they were touched and inspired with the speech.

Then came TT contest, I was also 5th contestant. When I entered into the room, the Contest chair gave me the topic. I was "Being vegetarian is good for life without decease". It was an advantage for me because I'm part time vegetarian. As the story pick up, I was still finding my conclusion and finally finished it.

Now it's results time....Simon Soh was behind me. He said I can grab the TT contest title. And suddenly my name was announced as 1st runners up. The champ was Benard Loius and 3rd place went to Isabel.

Then, Simon said, don't worry IT contest title will be yours. The 2nd runners up name announced, it was not me. The 1st runners up name was announced, it was not heart started beating fast. The best part Benard Loius and my name had yet to be announced, which means either one of us is unplaced.

And the winner of Area B1 International Speech contest 2011 is ..........Meyyappa Manickam!!!!!!!
Wow..finally after 6 years I got it.

The winners:

International Speech:
2. Nimmala (UNITAR)
3. Thiagarajah (MAS MELOR)

Table Topics:
1. Benard Loius (D'UTAMA ADV)
2. Yours truly

This is my 3rd time in row that I'm placed 2nd for Area Table Topics but managed to come back with 2 trophies again as I did last year.

Now gearing up for Division contest on 19th March.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Police Story

I was 'framed' by the police - posted in MalaysiaKini by Malaysiaboleh - Jan 5, 2011 2.14pm

I am a victim of police's abuse. After reading the incident involving Chia Buang Hing, I don't know whether I should be happy and thankful that I did not do what he did. If not, I'll be ended up like him.

This is my story.

After attending a friend's wedding dinner, we carried on the celebration at one of the pubs in Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh.

The party ended at around 2am. I was a bit drunk and decided to have a nap in my car, which I parked nearby before driving home. It was weekend and probably there were police roadblocks. There was also the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol.

At around 4am, suddenly someone knocked on my window. I looked and saw it was a police officer (A). There was a police car and another police officer (B).

I wound down the window and 'A' asked me why I was sleeping in the car. I told 'A' I was too drunk to drive home. He then asked me to step outside and to check my ID.

Thinking that I have nothing illegal in my car and that they were police officers who were suppose to be our protectors, I opened the door without hesitation and stepped outside. 'B' then approached me asking for my ID card and 'A' immediately went inside my car from the driver's side.

I saw 'A' going through the drawers and compartments in my front seat. Within seconds, 'A' came out from my car, showing me two pills in a small plastic bag in his hand. He said those were drugs he had found in my car.

Of course, I denied it. But they kept accusing me that those drugs were mine and threatened to bring me to the police station and locked me up.

Due to the nature of my job, I have to go a thorough and complete health and body examination annually, including urine and blood tests before I can obtain a health certificate to continue working.

I did not response to them and eventually, they asked me how much I wanted to pay to “solve the problem”. They asked me, “Berapa u mau bayar?” (How much do you want to pay us?).

I wanted to take this to the police station and report the matter to their superiors. But then I was thinking what if all their colleagues, including their superiors, sided with them, I could be in a very big trouble. They can even planted some more drugs in my car while I was in the police station.

I heard many stories from the newspapers and from friends about being framed by the police while at the police station. They can do anything to make you 'admit' it.

Anyway, I didn't want to lose my job and cause grief to my family. So I decided to pay them. Initially I gave them RM50, but they wanted RM100.

After the settlement, I drove home though I was still feeling drunk.

Why didn't I lodge a report? With all the unsolved deaths in the lock-up at the police station, I wouldn't dare.

I don't expect the media to do anything for me on this. I just hope that you can tell all Malaysians or even foreigners to be very careful when driving alone, especially after midnight in Malaysia. Never let a police officer into your car without someone else watching.

If you are driving alone and stopped by a police officer, it is best to call your friend to come before letting the police officer into your car or search you.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Man with Largest Family

AN Indian man from Mizoram in Kolkata, northern India has the largest family in the world with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.

Ziona Chana, 66, and his family live in a 100-room, four-storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in Mizoram.

Ziona considered himself lucky to be the husband of 39 women.

The oldest wife Zathiangi organises her fellow partners to perform household chores.

Ziona keeps the younger wives near his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping farther away and has a rotation system to decide who visits Ziona’s bedroom.

Source: Malaysian Nanban

I just wonder what kind of energy he has to maintain 39 wives.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Are you metrosexual?

Based on, here are a few ways to tell if you’re a metrosexual:

1. You cannot walk past a Banana Republic store without making a purchase.

2. You own 20 pairs of shoes, half a dozen pairs of sunglasses, just as many watches and you carry a man-purse.

3. You see a stylist instead of a barber, because barbers don’t do highlights.

4. You shave more than just your face. You also exfoliate and moisturise

All this only applies to guys ok.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Long Run

After Thaipusam break, it's time for me to get back to training. I made use of the Chinese New Year Break to do morning runs.

As summary I did 10km(Wednesday)+13km(Friday)+27km(Sunday) for total of 50km this week.

I was suppose to follow Ronnie and the team today. As I reached there 6.25am, I only saw Lionel. It's already 6.35am, so Lionel decided to follow the fast runners lead by Sharuddin, Richard Habeya, venugopal and the rest.

I didn't wanted to kill myself following them. SO I decided to follow pacesetters with our Hot Lady, Veronica. They went for a slow run. As the run goes, I realise, the pace was too slow, so I break from them at the hockey stadium.

Then as usual run till Petronas Hartamas and did a 3 minutes break before running another 3 loops. That loops were tough although only 7km. Then took another 2 minutes break to refresh.

There's a chap ayam runner followed me till IRB, then he followed different route. After that, I was all alone till the finishing line.

I was really exhausted and can feel my throat was dried and body cant produce anymore sweat.

Anyway, it was a good workout for me after long time. I was attempting something more than 22km after Penang Bridge.

Hope the total mileage increase in coming weeks.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Future World Skyscrapers

1)The Abraj Al Bait Towers
Under construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is expected to be 601m (1,972 ft) tall when completed in 2011.It will then become the second-tallest building in the world. It will also be a building with the largest building in the world with a floor area of 1,500,000 m2 (16,150,000 sq ft) and the tallest hotel in the world.

2)The Tokyo Sky Tree
Under construction in Tokyo's Sumida district is expected to be 634m (2,080 ft) tall. It will be a broadcasting tower to replace the old Tokyo Tower. Construction began in 2008 and completion is expected in 2011, with public access in the spring of 2012.

3)The Pentominium
Under construction in Dubai, is expected to be 516m (1,693 ft) tall and have 120 floors. When completed, it would be the tallest all-residential building in the world. Construction began in 2007 and completion is expected in 2013.

4)The Shanghai Tower
Under construction in Shanghai, next to the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Building, is expected to be 632m (2,073 ft). Completion is expected in 2014.

5) India Tower
Under construction in Mumbai's Marine Lines, is expected to be 720m (2,360 ft) tall. It is design for use as a hotel and residential. Construction comment started in 2010 and it is expected to be completed by 2016

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Know This Sports Person -Dato M.Chandran

Football player such as Dato' M. Chandran perhaps one of the most famous name in Europe, stood among the stars of Malaysian football's finest hours. Dato’ M. Chandran is probably the most accomplished footballer Malaysia has produced, judging from the scale of honors and success he garnered in a 15-year career beginning in the early 1960s when the country was a pioneer in the then hatching continent’s organization of tournaments and quadrennial sports festivals in which football was the most popular attraction until his retirement as coach in 1974.

The skipper’s armband for both state and country was the inevitable high point of a career that was as solid as the role he played in defense. With 163 international caps and having led the national team to their highest level ever, M. Chandran has firmly etched his name in the annals of the greatest defender.

The crown of that career was country’s qualification for the 1972 Munich Olympics, disposing of the likes of South Korea and Japan in the qualifiers, an achievement that was more promising for reason his leadership as team captain. That achievement coupled along with a bronze medal at the 1974 Asian Games capped a playing career that saw him win every laurel that was obtainable to a national and state footballer.

Chandran represented the country over a 10 year period, four as its captain. He turned out for the state of Selangor over a 15 year period, five as its skipper.

For a player of his length of service to country and state, Chandran’s career was singular in being free of controversy, a feature that made for an easy transition to coach for the Selangor and national team. Chandran was coach of the national team for four years and guided the Selangor state team for five years, winning the top domestic honors in the latter role.Chandran was coach of the national team in 1982 and led them to President’s Cup, Merlion Cup, Merdeka Tournament and the Asian Games.

After his stint as a coach, he was co-opted into the technical committee of the Football Association of Malaysia, a position he holds till today.

Presently, Chandran is attached to the FIFA Development Office, Kuala Lumpur, handling financial matters that draw on his long experience in two banks where he worked until his retirement at the age of 55 in 1997.

- 1968 Selected for Asian All Stars against Arsenal
- 1972 Malaysia National Football Team qualified in the Olympics, Munich
- 1974 Asian Games – Bronze
- 1980 Malaysia National Football Team qualified in the Olympics, Moscow
- 1988 National Football Team Coach

Gong Xi Fa Chai

Happy Rabbi - ty Year

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mahathir: Non-Malays must admit that M'sia belongs to the Malays

“This country belongs to the Malay race. Peninsular Malaysia was known as Tanah Melayu but this cannot be said because it will be considered racist. We must be sincere and accept that the country is Tanah Melayu,” Malaysian Insider reported the 85-year old as telling a seminar entitled “Malay race and the future".

Mahathir told the non-Malays to admit that the country belonged to the Malays, implying that they had to accept a lower status.

According to him, Malaysia's forefathers gave the Chinese and Indians citizenship because they expected the communities to respect Malay sovereignty

My Comment:
Where do these people come from Originaly?

Rajagobal NOT "Datuk"

Our facinating coach. K.Rajagobal, is not a "Datuk". The were false press release yesterday that he was awarded that title. Only Santokh Singh, former legend was awarded that title.

Damn, K.Rajagobal, turned around the nations football image, and he is not given anything?

Why Punnish a coach whose question made sense?

HAS the FA of Malaysia (FAM) been fair to B. Sathianathan?
Why suspend the outspoken coach for something he said that made sense?

Sathianathan, the former Kelantan coach, had questioned FAM's competition committee's decision to play Perlis' Super League home match against Terengganu on July 27 in Kuala Terengganu.

He felt it was an unfair decision as Terengganu and Kelantan were in a neck and neck battle for second place in the Super League then.

Last October, Sathianathan received a rude shock just hours before the kick-off of the Malaysia Cup semi-final second-leg match against Kedah in Kota Baru when he learnt about the six-month suspension.

The disciplinary board meted out the punishment for "touching on FAM policy matters" in the media.

Sathianathan sat out the match but got a reprieve for the final against Negri Sembilan when the suspension was temporarily lifted after he filed an appeal. The former national coach thought he had escaped punishment as FAM were quiet about it until last week when he received the bad news just days before Kelantan were to play Selangor in the Charity Shield match.

FAM's appeals committee, after months of silence, conveniently reopened Sathianathan's file and upheld the decision of the disciplinary board to suspend him for six months from all football activities with immediate effect.

The question that begs asking is: Why did the appeals committee sit on Sathianathan's case for so long? Shouldn't the chairman be suspended for delaying proceedings?

We all know it is the prerogative of FAM to decide on such cases but out of courtesy its appeals committee should have decided immediately after the Malaysia Cup final on Sathianathan so that he could take the next course of action in accordance to rules. FAM may have done the right thing under Fifa rules but it also took away another person's bread and butter.

The association even put Kelantan in the fix as they needed to quickly hire a qualified coach to replace Sathianathan before the start of the season.

And luckily the Kelantan FA (Kafa) managed to secure the services of Datuk M. Karathu just two days before the season opener Charity Shield match.

Football needs interesting characters. It may come in the form of players, coaches or management personnel.

FAM is making efforts to take our football to the next level and to do that, they also need characters to spice up the local game.

Why punish a coach whose question made sense? If Sathianathan had made baseless accusations against FAM or acted unprofessional during a match, then it would be only right for him to be punished severely.

But punishing him severely for a minor offence is totally uncalled for.

Source: NST - 2 Feb 2011