Archive for December, 2006

Toll Hike Demo

December 21, 2006

Found this news in the comments section of aisehman.org latest entry. However, there is no link to the actual site of the news. A quick search on Google found the news to be from Malaysiakini.

Anyway, here is the news I copy and pasted from aisehman.org. I personally think the demo will be more effective if it is organised by normal people rather than a political party. Unfortunately, a normal person will not have the ability to organise such a thing, unless you are a substantially influential person.

Thousands expected at anti-toll hike demo
Bede Hong
Dec 19, 06 12:28pm

Opposition parties and consumer groups are planning a mammoth protest against the increase in toll hikes for five major highways in the Klang Valley.

It is learnt that thousands are expected to turn up at the protest which will be held along the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) highway on Jan 7.

PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub said the Islamic opposition party alone will bring between 5,000 and 10,000 protestors.

“We are sad that the government is not considerate towards the people, especially those with low incomes,” he said when met after a closed-door discussion in Kuala Lumpur last night.

The hour-long discussion at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall was attended by DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S Arutchelvan, PAS treasurer Hatta Ramli, Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahrir Syed Mohammad.

A `Protes Kenaikan Tol’ committee has been set up and will be helmed by Syed Shahrir.

Last week, the government announced that the toll rates for the five highways will rise between 20 to 60 percent effective Jan 1. LDP will see its toll rise from RM1 to RM1.60.

Tian said the Jan 7 protest will not only see the participation of party members. “Local residents who are unhappy with the toll hike will also participate, ” he added when met at the same venue. Syed Shahrir said the committee has yet to decide on the exact
location to hold the protest.

“It would likely be somewhere where there are parking spaces for the protestors. We would not be blocking traffic. However, we would be visible to road users.

“It’s a big mobilisation. I don’t think it would be solely because of the toll hikes. The public is very angry at a combination of things that happened this year, including the fuel hikes,” he added. Buy back highways.

The committee will also submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department on Dec 27 denouncing the toll hikes.

The memorandum will call on the government to make public the clauses in the concessionaire agreements and to buy back the concessions.

Works Minister S Samy Vellu disclosed that it cost RM4.13 billion to construct the five highways: LDP, Shah Alam Highway, Cheras-Kajang Highway, Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and the Guthrie Corridor Expressway.

The minister also revealed that a RM2.589 billion compensation package for the five concessionaires was to be incurred from Jan 1, 2007 when the new toll rates take effect to the next review in toll rates, which is between 2010 and 2012.

Samy Vellu also said the government had to compensate a total of RM2.275 billion to the operators of four of the five highways, not including Guthrie Corridor, which is a new highway.

However, while he gave a breakdown of this figure, he did not specify over what period of time this amount was paid.

But going by this, the government could be paying as much as RM4.9 billion in compensation alone for the highways.

Opposition party DAP has urged the government to buy up the five highways by paying the concessionaires RM4.13 billion for the total construction cost.

In a related development, DAP will proceed with the Dec 31 protest at the Grand Saga toll plaza along the Cheras highway. The protest is jointly organised by the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Action Committee (BMC-OARAC).

On Sunday, a protest organised by DAP and BMC-OARAC saw some 800 people taking to the streets in Cheras to vent their frustration against the toll hike.

Tag Tag Here Tag Tag There

December 16, 2006

Four things many don’t know:
[1] let it continue to be unknown…
[2] zen says – a person may appear a fool, yet may not be one
[3] he maybe guarding his knowledge carefully
[4] so… let unknown be unknown

Four movies I can watch over and over:
[1] Lord of the Rings I, II & III
[2] Jerry Maguire (don’t laugh!)
[3] All Chow Sing Chi’s movies
[4] Forrest Gump

Four places I have lived:
[1] Teluk Intan
[2] Subang Jaya
[3] Cheras
[4] so far only three

Four TV shows I love:
[1] Friends
[2] Malcolm in the Middle
[3] used to like Home Improvements
[4] Full House (no! not that Korean show lah, pls)

Four places I have been on vacation:
[1] Melbourne
[2] Pulau Redang
[3] Pulau Langkawi
[4] Pulau Pangkor (i love beaches…)

Four of my favourite foods:
[1] Western
[2] Chinese
[3] Mamak
[4] Indian

Four places I’d rather be:
[1] Tahiti – Bora Bora Island
[2] Maldives
[3] Bahamas
[4] Hawaii

Currently listening to songs:
[1] Shakira – Illegal
[2] Never get bored of Oasis
[3] Christmas songs!!!
[4] Jolin’s songs

Four other people who will be tagged:
[1] Mooi
[2] Sharine
[3] Ah Kei
[4] You… yeah you! Tag yourself…

Interesting Comment from The Shit

December 15, 2006

Government has little option but to allow rise in toll rates

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In short, the Government has to fork out RM2.06bil each year until 2010 to keep toll rates affordable to users. 

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RM2.06 billion tax payers’ money to help taxpayer is a lot! Agree.

Compare this piece of shit to another news few days ago in TheSun – RM11 billion spent of takeovers on GLC that were milked dry. Milked dry here means companies that were set up using taxpayers money that were actually channelled to someone’s pocket until it is left with nothing. Then taxpayers’ money will be used again to buy back these company that were set up using taxpayers’ money.

Geddit?

RM11 billion only maaaaaaaaa…. they say: masuk poket saya takpelah…

RM2.06 billion to help the public???… they say: nia mah…. fuck you people… pay more la…

Another paragraph says this:

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That’s a huge amount and certainly which can be used for other socio-economic projects such as the construction of schools, public transport and hospitals. But the political reality is that we expect the Government to make it less painful for us. 

The principle of burden sharing is being applied here and certainly we have to accept that as we improve the network of highways, the financial costs will increase. 

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Erm… ok…construction of schools, public transport and hospitals. Erm… what about the RM4.4 billion saved from the fuel subsidy??? What about the RM11 billion spent to save companies that was actually set up using tax payers’ money??? Whoever wrote this piece of shit…. he or she must be a piece of shit as well.

Episode 1: Wiggy & Friends – Liar Liar Pants on Fire

December 15, 2006

Oh no! Screenshots has update on Wiggy’s claim that Malaysia toll after hike is still lower than Thailand!

One Thai Screenshots reader commented:-

I’ve been staying in Thailand for 9 years and there are NO tolls on Thai HIGHWAYS. The tolls are only in Bangkok metropolitan areas and there-abouts. You can drive from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Bangkok without paying one Baht, so Samy Vellu making a comparison with Thailand is telling only half the story.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Festive Greetings from Wiggy & Friends…

December 15, 2006

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Malaysians! – extra special greetings from Wiggy & Friends, laughing all the way to the bank.

It’s the festive seasons again, and we have more great news to be cheerful of.

IMHO, I think this has got more to do with Mr Wiggy than our beloved Pak Lah because the privatisation of these highway projects was done before the current administration. So… can’t really blame him.

A contract is a contract, and it has to be honoured, unless either party comes to an agreement to change the contract for the benefit of the public. Well well well… it sounds surreal though.

The Star newspaper looks like a really good dog who heeded the government warning to not play up this toll hike. If you look at the chart provided by The Star, it only shows the toll rates for Trailer, Taxi and Bus. Erm… hello Mr editor-in-chief, what about cars? I think the toll hike for cars concern the people more than trailer, taxi or bus drivers, ok?

And as usual, we get the lame excuse that ours is still cheapest in the region comments from Mr Wiggy. (Go put that broken record on!) If we are the cheapest in the region, so what are you gonna do? Play catch-up so that we’re as expensive as them? What about the salary for the civil servants? The salary differential in the Malaysian civil service is among the worst in the world. Are they gonna play catch-up as well?

Mr Wiggy also mentioned something really really interesting. He said,

“If the expressway was not built, no one can even access these areas.”

I was totally blown off! He is so damn right! If the expressway was not built, no one can actually access these areas, or have their journey cut short. Really. But…but.. but… but…. Mr Wiggy, aren’t these neccessities the responsibilities of the Government to provide to its people???

So now what you gonna do??? Set up toll at all roads in Malaysia??? Because if these roads are not built, how the fuck are we gonna move around??? Are you gonna charge us for the street lamps as well?? Because without these street lamps, how are we gonna drive at night??? Are you gonna charge us for living in Malaysia??? Because without a government and economy, how are we gonna live in Malaysia?? We all will be living in trees!

Bloody hell.

I am hit at the LDP and Kesas Highway. RM1.50 x 2 is already very high, and now it’s RM2.20 x 2.

Goodbye toll. Hello jam. Will use the Puchong road, which is parallel to the Kesas Highway more often now. Unless, I am late and in a hurry. Damn. I hate jam (No! I like strawberry jam, but I mean traffic jam)

In the meantime, if you see Mr Wiggy, please ask him come suck my…… or you can ask him to suck yours…

Just remember another two tolls that I use occasionally… that did not increase… the Connaught Toll and the Kerinchi Link. Phew…. *cold sweat*

More…

Screenshots – ‘Happy New Year’… From the Abdullah Administration… with love

Rocky’s Bru – So High or Sor Hai?

Taxpayers Money

December 14, 2006

Read something rather interesting in Screenshot lastest entry – Spare a thought for our civil servants.

Meanwhile, also today, we read of how the government tried to justify in the Parliament why it must spend more than RM11billion in taxpayers’ money to take control of failed privatisation projects. This is the breakdown:

  • RM3.256 billion for Star LRT.
  • RM4.486 billion for Putra LRT
  • RM2.802 billion for Malaysia Airlines System Bhd.
  • RM142 million for Seremban-Port Dickson Highway by Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Bhd.
  • RM135 million for Bandar Kuching Prison with the Public Works Department taking over from a private company.
  • RM192.54 million for the National Sewerage Scheme from its previous concessionaire, Indah Water Konsortium.
  • RM8.3 million for the Muslim Food and Consumer Goods Research Unit, which now comes under the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

RM11 BILLION OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY!!!

I repeat – TAXPAYERS’ MONEY!!! So huge sum is being spent to bail these cows that were milked dry but no money to help the people.

A certain works minister mentioned that the toll hike is fair as the last toll hike was 2 years ago. Yes, 2 years ago! It is a very loooooong time ok. The government cannot afford to subsidise anymore.

But…but…but…. hello… the last salary review for civil servants was 1992. Do your maths and tell me which is longer?? Since 2005 or since 1992?? And with rising cost of living in Malaysia – for some reason only known to certain people – you think with their low salary, these people can afford a decent life? I said, “a decent life”. It’s not easy nowadays to even have a decent life, without feeling the pinch of the expensive-ness of things around us.

And this RM11 billion does not includes the unnecessary new Istana Negara that cost RM400 million, the cancelled scenic bridge – RM740 million, RM500 million donation to Cambridge, the Sports Complex in UK…. etc etc. I am sure there a more that I just can’t recall now.

Oh yeah, and what about the much said RM4.4 billion save from the fuel subsidy? We have yet to see any improvements in the public transportation system in the country. It’s still as lousy as it used to be if not worse.

So, this is how our money is being spent. All are beneficial to certain people, but none to the public joe like us, who are the rightful owner of the money spent.

The Dancing Diva Concert

December 13, 2006

If you loves dancing, and you missed the Dancing Diva concert last Saturday (9/12/06), you can  begin to doubt your love of dancing. Lol… And when it comes to dancing, my girlfriend is definitely not one who will miss it. So there we were at Jolin’s concert last Saturday.

Amid the early downpour that left us scurrying to Giant Kelana Jaya to purchase umbrella, it did not break the spirit of the 15 000 fans who has came from near and afar to watch Jolin’s performing. Luckily the rain stopped before the concert starts, and umbrellas are not allowed into the stadium. Lol… Well, luckily we’re told about that and left our umbrella in the car.

Overall, the concert is great, but somehow I felt something is lacking. Not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s the crowd who were rather inactive. Except for the occasional screaming… I think Jolin would have enjoyed the crowds in Hong Kong or Taiwan more. Perhaps we are the prawn sandwich brigade of concerts. Hahaha…

Anyway, it was a fun night, and a bit sad when it’s over. Because we’re not allowed to bring in cameras, here are some shots taken with Sony Ericsson k705i.

Jolin enters the stage from the roof top… ala gymnastic style.

This is the clearest shot I managed.

Forgot what song she’s singing, but it was one of the nicest performance that night.

And lastly, Wu Niang after the crowd screamed for encore! Same shit in every concert. Lol…

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Master in every field

December 13, 2006

There is a master in every field. It doesn’t matter what field you are in, you can be the best of the field!

How true it is these two phrases. After delaying for few weeks, finally I managed to send my car to the car washer. Yup, it’s practically covered with dust, instead of paint now. Haha… That’s how desperate it needs a nice wash.

I dropped by the car washer inside Makro Cheras while on the way home yesterday. I was totally impressed by that car wash guy! He is the only washer there, and his job is good.

This is the first time I see a car washer who actually put in effort to wash your car. Yup! It clearly shows in him the attention that he put in when washing the car.

After the first round of washing with the “snow”, he walked around the car two or three times just to clean up area where he had missed earlier. Gengz…

And as he is vacuuming the car, I thought of paying him first, so that I can leave right away when he is done. The reaction that I got from him is that, “Nope, I can’t accept it yet. The tyres are not done!” Lol…

The best part is…. when I am leaving the car wash, he was staring all over my car making sure it’s clean enough!

This is what I call customer satisfaction! Even if my car is not clean enough, I am extremely satisfied with the services provided and the effort that he shows to the job.

If you ever wanted to get your car washed, go to Makro Cheras. It’s in the inside car park. 😉

Porsche Cayenne

December 5, 2006

Hello, I like this car, ok.

*all pictures stolen from paultan.org

Simplified Generic Organizational Chart

December 4, 2006

 Guess it’s the same to all companies…