Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fellowship Seminar: Mahathir and The West

Perdana Leadership Foundation held a thought provoking Fellowship Seminar on "Mahathir and The West" today at Perdana Leadership Foundation.

The panelists for the event were Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican, a professor at the Department of Management and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, in Perak and Dr Ong Kian Ming who had recently graduated with a PhD in political science from Duke University.

The gists of what Dr Ong Kian Ming, a frequent contributor to Malaysiakini was quite short. He questioned why Tun Dr Mahathir never wrote about the slavery in the United States maybe because the indigenous people of Malaysia had never been slaves themselves.

Dr. Ahmad Murad explained his paper on "Demystifying Europe: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and The West" into 4 parts which are the background, Dr Mahathir as the writer of the West, Selected Discourses of Tun Dr Mahathir and Conclusion.

However, the most inappropriate thing that happened at the seminar was that some individuals fall deeply into sleep that he snored out loudly, to the gasps and surprised look of others that were in this seminar.

I had said this before and I will say it again, if you want to come and waste your time sleeping, you better stay at home and sleep there because there are some of us that attended the seminar who are really interested to hear what the panelists have to say and are utterly annoyed by your loud snore.

We don't want to see or listen to you sleeping and snoring away in the seminar. Aren't you ashamed at all for your disrespectful behaviour towards the speakers?

I will write about what was said by Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican in the next article.