Wednesday, October 26, 2005

flash flood

today was extremely eventful!

while i was driving, a flash flood swept my car and a few others off course. then all the cars got stranded. water started filling the interior of the car. i suppose it was the same for the others. i was right next to the drain and i realized i had to get out of the car pronto. so i killed the engine, took off my seatbealt and pushed the door open with all my might. as i stepped out, i was waist deep in water and the current carried me towards the culvert. there was a chain link fence above the drain and i clung onto that. i slowly pulled myself up the slope along the fencing. then the rest of the people that got stranded huddled together and some went to warn other motorist. after an hour, the water subsided and some construction crew nearby helped to push the cars out of the way. i called kurnia assist to tow my car after the bulldozer had cleared the road of mud and rocks. this happened at the tunnel heading towards tropicana golf and country club. the tow truck operator then took me home.

the best part is, i'm alive!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Finally! Your feedback is most welcome.

OCT 25th 2005 The Star:

Jaring broadband goes nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR: Jaring has announced that it is now providing nationwide broadband Internet service.

Jaring said its dial-up subscribers can now switch over to a high-speed Internet broadband service and its MY015 Internet telephony system.

The broadband service gives consumers 1Mbps of speed (versus 56Kbps via dial-up), as well as cheaper voice calls via an Internet-based phone using the 015 prefix assigned to Jaring.

Jaring chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah said that with the blanket nationwide broadband coverage, Jaring is able to upgrade its current dial-up subscribers who have been waiting to convert to high-speed broadband and start using MY015 voice access.

“With the nationwide coverage, Jaring is fulfilling its role to provide broadband service to all Malaysians and increasing the rate of broadband penetration throughout Malaysia,” he said.

The monthly subscription fee for bundled broadband together with MY015 phone package starts from RM79 for home users. The public can purchase the package from all Jaring re-sellers or Anjung Jaring outlets, or online through www.jaring.my.

Subscribers can also choose from several MY015 call plans which suit them best, such as the Nationwide Call Plan priced at RM50 per month that allows unlimited, anytime calls to any fixed-line phone in the country.

Another, the Jaring Community Call Plan, allows unlimited calls among MY015 subscribers worldwide. It is provided free for every MY015 line.

For subscribers who need to make regular international calls, the International Call Plan is just RM150 per month, Subscribers will enjoy unlimited, anytime calls to any fixed-line phone in five countries (Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and the United States).

For other off-net calls the rate is as low as 10 sen per minute, according to Jaring.

During the promotional period, which ends on Dec 31, every subscriber will be provided with a free modem and a free subscription of up to five MY015 lines.

At the same time, Jaring is offering a special package for wireless broadband services at RM99 per month. A wireless broadband modem is offered at RM499 (a one-time payment) or a RM25-per-month instalment over 24 months.

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can enjoy wired or wireless broadband at RM139 per month, with a free subscription of up to five MY015 lines.

Jaring launched its wireless broadband service with MY015 voice communications capability in December 2004.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

...friend, friend, sent this into my mail box, is there any truth to this?

"An argument about the high cost of living in Malaysia, which I have
found to be quite true.

The argument in this thread from day one is the cost of living in
each country (especially UK and Europe) based on what you earn in
the respective country and whether the standards are higher than in
Malaysia.

I tried to point out that many Malaysians always convert and that
is why they say the UK is expensive. In fact, the cost of living is
much cheaper than in Malaysia.

In actual fact, Malaysians are being conned because for such a
rich and resource rich country, the pay in Malaysia is way too low
compared to the cost of living and inflation.
One good example is Singapore.

Singaporeans (average) earns around S$3000 to S$4000 and nearly
everything is half the price of Malaysia. Eg clothes, computer parts,
electronics etc. But the average Malaysian still earns M$2000
plus and goods are double the price of Singapore.

This is the same as the UK. If you earn around 2000 pounds, you
can liken this to the person earning RM$2000 in Malaysia. I give you
some examples below. Maybe you can understand.

1) Good terrace house
It is more or less the same. If you want a house in KL, it would
most probably be in Puchong and not Damansara Heights. So your house
would be RM$200,000. In UK, you can get a decent new house in Zone 6
(still within the tube) for 200,000 pounds.
If non London, you can get a nice house also for less than 200,000
pounds outside London. The same also applies to buying a house in
Seremban, Kajang etc. You can buy a nice house for RM200,000 below.
So buying a house is the same for the local and the Malaysian.

Renting a place is the same too or maybe cheaper than in Malaysia
(I am not sure of this).

A 2-bedroom flat in London is about 750 pounds (Zone 2).

500 pounds outside Zone 6 but still able to commute to London. A
2-bedroom house in Nottingham is 450 to 500 pounds. A 3-bedroom
house in

Belfast is about 300 pounds.

2) A car
A good Wira is RM$55,000. Most Malaysians have to take 7-year
loans and be in debt all the time. If you are earning RM$2000 a month,
you take nearly 3 years saving the RM$2000 with not eating at all just
to buy a Wira.

In UK, the average local earns about 2000 pounds. He saves 3
months, he can buy outright a good Ford Fiesta or a Vauxhall Corsa
without
being in debt.

If buying a second hand car, even better. A 1990 Mercedes 190E
cost 500 pounds. My 1996 Mercedes E220 cost 2000 pounds. My friend just
gave me his 1989 Honda Accord (Auto) for free because he said he could
only get 30 pounds for it. I used it for a few months and decided to
give it of for free too.

That alone speaks for itself.

Even if you are kuli or an office boy, you still can drive a
Mercedes or a BM. Yes, kuli's and office boy's get paid quite well.
Average temp/office boy in London can earn about 7 to 10 pounds
and hour.

Overtime is 1.5 times or double. A brick-layer can earn 20 pounds an
hour.

The same Indon who lays bricks in Malaysia earns RM$50 for the whole day.

Before I became a doctor, I used to be an office boy and I earned
near 300 pounds a week working about 70 hours a week.

My makan was 30 pounds a week. My rent was 70 pounds a week for a room but I still drove a BMW back then. I bought the 10-year old BMW 3 Series car for 200 pounds.
Amazing how an office boy can drive a safe and luxurious car.

3) Petrol.
For a UK person earning 2000 pounds, 80 pence a litre/gallon is
cheaper than RM$1.52 paid in Malaysia. If you don't convert, it is
like paying 80 sen a litre in Malaysia

4) Shopping
20 pounds (which is 1% of 2000 pounds) can buy you 1 week's worth
of groceries in Tesco.

RM$ 2 00 (which is 10% of RM$2000) can also buy you 1 week's worth
of groceries in Giant or Carrefour.

5) Utility Bills (This is what I pay in UK)
1. Virtually non-stop heating the whole day only 20 pounds a
month. (Only 1% of the 2000 pounds earned)

2. Electricity, I use my electricity maximum only 20 pounds a month.
(Only 1% of the 2000 pounds earned)

3. My water bill also comes to about 20 pounds a month (Only 1% of
the 2000 pounds earned)

4. My internet - I get 2Mbps for about 25 pounds (Bulldog DSL)
(Also slightly above 1% of the 2000 pounds earned)

5. Astro Equivalent (NTL cable or Sky) - 30 pounds per month (Also
slightly above 1% of the 2000 pounds earned)

In Malaysia, this is what I used to pay
1. Tenaga Bill comes to RM$200 to RM300 a month with 3 air-cons.
This is more than 10 0 % of the RM$2000 earned)

2. Water (Puas) comes to RM$40 (This is about 2% of the RM$2000 earned)

3. Astro RM$100 (if you take Chinese package) (This is about 5% of the
RM$2000 you earn)

4. Internet Streamyx 512K RM 88 per month (This is about 5% of RM2000 you earn)

6) Books
A good book is about 10 to 15 pounds in the UK. This is less than
1% of the 2000 pounds you earn. In Malaysia, you have to spend RM$75 to RM$100 for a decent book in MPH or Kinokuniya in KLCC. This is about 5% of the RM$2000 ringgit you earn.

7) Education
I think it is about RM$20,000 per year to do a degree in Sunway
Monash and about RM$12,000 per year to send your kid to UM, UKM, USM etc.
I am not sure about this.But in UK, it is only 3000 pounds a year to send your kid to a great university. That also, the white man still makes a lot of noise because the grants were taken away. Previously, it was virtually free for the English man to send his kid to university but now, since the grant was taken away, he has to spend 3000 pounds per year to send his kid to university and less money to get drunk in the pub.

Well, if you are earning RM$2000 ringgit, sending your kid to UM
to study is quite difficult. If you are earning 2000 pounds per
month, you can easily send you kid to university in the UK.


8) Luxuries
Panasonic Plasma TV in Malaysia about RM20,000. If you are earning
RM$2000 a month, memang mahal! You have to save 2 years your monthly salary to buy it. In UK, the same Panasonic ironically, Panasonic plasma is made in Japan and Japan is close to Malaysia, so the plasma should be cheaper in Malaysia) is only 2000 pounds. And this is only 10% of the 2000pounds earned.

9) Health
NHS is free. Though the service is slow, quality is still there.
You still can get a top quality by-pass for free although you may have
to wait many months.

In Malaysia, IJN charges RM$30,000. SJMC charges RM$50,000. GH is
free but as many people know, GH and UH have clown doctors. For example doctors who wear tudung and use a pen to touch the patient because scared dosa).

10) Assessments to local councils I may pay high council tax but at least my council assures my streets are clean and safe, got no holes (pot holes) on my roads, and they jump and attend to me whenever I call them. When I stayed in Malaysia, I paid my assessment and quite rent but MPSJ I lived in Subang) told me to "podah" whenever I asked them to come and fill up the pot holes, cut the long lalang, put street
lighting etc. The councils, especially MPPJ and MPSJ, were more interested in eating nasi lemak and going for 10 teh tariks in a day during office hours and hardly did anything for their residents.

11) Income Tax
My national insurance and income tax also is not wasted. When I
was unemployed in 1997, the government via social security paid for my 2-bedroom flat for one whole year and I was given about 100 pounds per week for me and my wife to live on. I am happy to know that one day if I lose my job, I can still claim social security and get my apartment paid and food to eat again for free. It is a good security to know.

The list goes on. Here alone you can see, the sterling you earn
goes a long way in the UK. So your quality of life is far better in the
UK than a Malaysian in Malaysia. It is just that Malaysians are just
too content with what they have. But you compare apple for apple.
The British just love to complain. They have it made but still
they love to complain. Nothing is good enough for the British. The
government gives the citizens so much but they still seem to want more and more."

--- Malaysian Living in the UK