As a person who calls a spade a spade, and who gives credit where credit is due, I think the PM gave a good speech yesterday at the Gerakan National Delegates Conference.
The delivery was good, and no doubt he is a much better speaker than his predecessor. He spoke without looking at any script, well spirited, gesticulated and articulated very well. He was also very humourous.
By any standard, he is a formidable speaker, and I think I am quite qualified to say that because I was a former Toastmaster and was once the president of a Toastmaster club, and I have been invited to judge and evaluate speakers of other toastmaster clubs as well as speech competitions before.
He said it loud and clear ” I am not the prime minister for the Malays only; I am the prime minister for all Malaysians” and when he said that, he was gesticulating with a firm voice, giving an impression that he is committed and speaking from his heart..
Many of those present told me that they were impressed and felt that his message is good.
I am impressed too. But while I wanted to believe, there is this nagging feeling that this might be like another 2004 , when the then PM spoke about being a PM for all and that people should ‘work with him ‘ and not for him. The then PM won th biggest maority in 2004, only to lose the popular votes in Peninsular Malaysia 4 years later.
Is this going to be like 2004, when pure rhetoric was given but nothing concrete was seen later on?
For the sake of Malaysians and the future of Malaysia, I hope that all that was spoken will be put into action without delay, without fear or favour, and that the government can become truly all inclusive, with fair and equal treatment meted o to everyone irrespective of race and religion.
Talk must be walked and that too must be done without delay. And the first thing perhaps is to merge all racial parties into a single nonracial entity and racial politics should be discarded by all.
After 2004, when expectations were built to so high, disappointment set in and disenchantment became so great that all of us wanted a change for better.
I shall wait and see whether the real changes will be implemented…..ANd i hope those power that be realised that this would be their last chance, and if they do not keep to their word for change, they would definitely be changed..