The members who are Malays and non-Malays use the club to practise and improve their public speaking skills in Bahasa Malaysia. I'm pleased to note that many of the speakers at the meeting are articulate and eloquent. They also have a delightful sense of humour. Some can even pick entertaining words and phrases at the drop of a hat. I have certainly enhanced my vocabulary in one sitting.
The club president, Ms Sandy Tan, makes a remarkable impression with her opening and closing speeches. Her original and imaginative pantun (Malay poetry) captivates the audience:
Dari Palembang lari ke Melaka
Parameswara singgah di Pulau Singa
Jikalau tuan sudah lama mengembara
Singgah sajalah di Kelab Pidato Perdana.
Puteri Hang Li Po merentas Laut Cina
Mendirikan rumah di bumi Melaka
Jikapun negeri puan masih ada
Jadikanlah kami sebagai keluarga kedua.
Three cheers for Pidato Perdana Toastmasters Club!