I chaired the forum on tuesday 4th (2nd day session)and presented my paper at about 3 pm. Since I was chairman, I made sure I took full control of the proceedings and 'abused' my powers (hahaha) to push the papers earlier. The 2nd day session finished an hour earlier so that delegates can do last minute shopping in spore or pack-up and rush to the airport. I took the 7pm flight back to KL. When I flew into spore on sunday dec 2nd, the Sultan of Perak Tuanku Raja Azlan Shah sat right in front of me. Oh my, 20 years ago (1987) his royal highness was also on the same flight with me to Frankfurt. As we walked out of the aircraft at Frankfurt airport we chatted and told him that we were there for the annual frankfurt book fair, the mecca of the publishing industry. Then on my fight back, another strange thing...well sort of...guess who was seated next to me? a long lost friend Mei Koon, married and migrated to Australia 3 years ago...heheh.
THe Forum...yezzzezz ...the forum, had 70 delegates from Fiji, HongKong, Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, India and a few other countries. During the last 2 sessions we still had about 45 delegates diligently and faithfully listening to the presentations although they were already experiencing information overload! i think.. hahaha...I like the term Francis Jezelera, group general counsel & secretary of San Miguel Corporation of the Philippines...used, that our role (corporate secretaries) is, as information gatekeepers! hahaha. Mohd Shah Hashim of Nestle, Simon of Jumeira, Dubai...were equally engaging....as usual, my approach will always be in a lighter vein and an attempting to place humour in our profession...albeit to defuse the otherwise obnoxiously straight-faced hardnosed looking banker-types accountants and lawyers!!! hahaha...so bloody serious...and scary looking...hihi