Venue: Valentine Willie, Jalan Telawi Tiga, Bangsar
Moderator: Rocky Bru
Corum: Ooi Kee Beng, Tawfek, Datuk Ron & Pak Idrus
It rained cats and dogs yesterday evening and I was half an hour late. Fellow bloggers were there, inter alia – Kak Ena, Zorro, Stephen, Sheih, June, BigDog, A Voice, Mat Salo, Husna, Rusdi, Shar101 & AlliedMaster.
The book review was average. I was actually expecting Dr. Ooi Kee Beng to be more eloquent and spirited about his experience in writing the book. However, Dr. Ooi is a very calm writer; so I was a tad sleepy. The rain didn’t help the sleepiness though. And I have Stephen sitting beside me, positively longing for his beer.
Few quotes I managed to jot on my notebook are as follows:-
Pak Idrus noted “instead of reading Hang Tuah they should be reading this in school.”
Datuk Ron claimed “Tun Dr. Ismail is still the greatest leader of our time.”
Me? I have to agree with BigDog– why must Dr. Ooi asserted the paragraph about Tunku Abdul Rahman being a drinker and a gambler? It has no relevancy to the book. As for the history of Malaysia, I am of the view that it gives a clearer picture in so far as the state of emergency is concerned. Other than that, it’s much ado about nothing. A refreshing read nonetheless especially the first chapter about the life of young Dr. Ismail in Australia.