Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Attitude And Ego Check


Johor traffic police chief Supt Baharudin Mat Taib has pointed out that it should have been 49,821 road accidents in Johor between January and September 2015 and not road fatalities as I have stated.

Apologies for the oversight.

Larkin Lama’s Air Pollutant Index (API) reading was at 103, a slight improvement from its 104 reading as at 10am.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/10/haze-only-larkin-lama-unhealthy-api

Original Post

Between January and September 2015, there were 49,821 road fatalities in Johor. The number marked a 1.9 per cent increase from the same period last year which recorded 48,880.

Of these, there was a 8.7 per cent decrease in the number of deaths involving motorcyclists with 483 in the same period last year compared to 441 this year. Pillion riders (28.6 per cent decrease) from 49 last year to 35 this year.

However, the number of  car drivers  who died increased by 48.5 per cent from 130 last year to 193 this year.

Number of bus drivers who died dropped from 31 last year to 25 this year, and lorry drivers from four last year to one this year.


Driving a lorry is the safest.  Only 1 lorry driver was killed in Johor in the past 9 months.

Motorcyclists may be prone to fatal accidents but it is certainly not more life threatening than driving a car.

One Died, Two Light Injuries, Two Escaped Unhurt

Refrain from speeding and be mindful when driving.  Refrain from texting or talking on the handphone.  Turn the other cheek if a fellow road user were to display a rude hand gesture, slam his horn or go berserk with expletives.

There are inconsiderate drivers, "blur" drivers, sleepy and tired drivers ... practice patience and tolerance and keep your cool.

Traffic jams may be frustrating and unproductive, but a traffic free stretch may beckon some to speed.  In a traffic jam, there is the possibility of a bumper crash or two but rarely a fatal accident.  That's one way of looking at traffic jams positively.

And if you are caught in a bad jam somewhere on a night when you are eager to go home to see your family or a loved one, do not curse the jam.  Up ahead someone may have lost a son, a father, a mother, a daughter.  Say a prayer instead.

One mishap can lead to a difference between life and death, mobility and disability.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

One Died, Two Light Injuries, Two Escaped Unhurt

KULAI: A 57-year-old woman died after crashing her car into a car on the opposite lane, before being rammed from behind on Jalan Sengkang-Felda Inas here today. 

Kulai police chief Superintendent Razak Md Said said the woman, who was alone in the car, was heading toward Felda Inas at about 1.15pm when she was believed to have lost control of her Proton Iswara. 

Her car swayed into the opposite lane and crashed into a Perodua Alza. 

Razak said a Perodua Kelisa, which was following behind, then rammed into the Iswara driven by the woman. 

The impact of the crash caused serious head injuries to the woman while the 43-year-old driver of the Alza and his seven-year-old son sustained light injuries and were treated at the Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim Hospital here. 

Razak said the driver of the Kelisa, a 63-year old man and his 11-year-old son, escaped unhurt. The body of the deceased was claimed by family members after a post-mortem. The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

(source: NST online)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Grant Aid For Road Safety

Woke up in the morning and saw this sad news. I hope there will be funding allocated for road safety programmes in the Budget 2016 which will be unveiled later today.

Also hoping for better road infrastructure, public road transportation system, water supply, health, animal welfare, public security and safety --- 

Meanwhile, please drive and ride safe everyone, especially in accident-prone areas.

Azman rode a Ducati Streetfighter

(source: NST online)

KUALA TERENGGANU: TV3 cameraman Nor Azman Jumahat died after he lost control of his Ducati Streetfighter motorcycle at Km 156 near Sungai Kundang along the East Coast Expressway at 8.30pm Thursday night. 

He was 41. Police said the accident occurred near the Sungai Kundang bridge. Azman had left his office in Damansara at 6pm and was on his way to meet his family when the accident occurred. 

Azman began his career with TV3 in 1990 as a clerk and eventually progressed to become a cameraman. He is survived by his wife who is a teacher, and his 13-year-old son.

Azman was riding his bike home when tragedy struck

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Rail Experience

View of the Segamat bus terminal from the window of a train

There is a general perception that a train's arrival and departure time is always "not on time".  I took a train on Tuesday night and again on Thursday morning, just to see if this was true.

Travelling by rail proved to be very satisfactory, and I'm looking forward to doing it again.  This time maybe even going further to Bangkok or something.

On Tuesday night, I boarded the Senandung Sutera, which left the Johor Bahru Sentral station at 10.30pm.  I arrived at my destination on time.

Commuters have a choice of travelling in a seat or sleeping berth.  I chose the sleeping berth as I've always wanted to sleep on a train and wake up in another city.  Fruitful Trip 

The upper berth was cheaper but has a smaller window.  I booked the lower berth but didn't really look out the window that much as I slept through most of the journey.

Have powerbank will travel.

On Thursday morning, I boarded the Express Rakyat to come back to Johor Bahru.

The first class coach was really spacious and had comfy seats.  The doors separating one coach from another were automatically controlled.  It opens and closes when its senses your presence.

Some coaches had doors where you need to press a button for the door to open.

Travelling on a train also offers views like this which you rarely get to see when you are on a road trip.  You get to see the vast lands and the abundance of natural resources of Malaysia.

And if you forgot to pack food for the trip, fret not as there's always the canteen or buffet coach.  In the old days they have these Hainanese cooks on board that churn out delectable a la carte meals  --- I used to travel in a train a lot when I was young.

Gone are those days.  Now they just heat up the food in a microwave oven.  The price of the fried rice above was RM5.50.  

The train also stopped at the Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, station for about 20 minutes.  What's so special about the Gemas station is that this is where travellers can take a train to the East Coast (Gua Musang in Kelantan) or continue their journey to Johor Bahru from here. 

The December 21 torrential downpour last year forced railway operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) to close the Gemas-Gua Musang railway track after a derailment took place.  Luckily, no one was reportedly injured, and the track is now operational again.  The Gemas to Tumpat, Kelantan track is, however, still under repair.

Rail travel is safe, comfortable and affordable but there is still room for improvement.  I spotted a few things that I want to write about, but since this post is already quite long, I shall keep that for another day.  Maybe after another rail trip.

Parts of the basic infrastructure such as tracks, bridges, platforms and railway stations between Gua Musang and Tumpat in Kelantan have been damaged by the floods, KTM Berhad said today. - See more at: http://www.mysinchew.com/node/104581#sthash.NX7tsdbO.dputraveller safety was paramo

Monday, October 12, 2015

Make Road Safety A Priority

Here are some of the horrific road crashes that happened recently in Johor.

All the three pictures are scenes of different accidents.  The first picture showed a Honda City which caught fire after it had crashed.  The driver was in his 20s.  

The second picture showed a wrecked land cruiser. The driver, 28, died while a lady passenger was seriously injured.

The last picture was of a bus ferrying 20 passengers from Jiangsu Province, China, aged six to 60.  A total of five died from the tragedy, including the 46-year-old driver of the tanker who had rammed the vehicle into the bus due to a punctured tyre. The tourists had arrived in Singapore on Oct 3 and entered Johor via the 2nd Link on Oct 4. They were scheduled to fly home from Singapore to Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province on Oct 8 after touring KL, Malacca and Johor.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fed Govt Requests Postponement Of VEP Implementation: Johor MB


I have updated this post a few times because I pun sudah konpius about the dates. I thought I got it right and then I realised something wasn't right. Hopefully, there will not be anymore changes. Apologies for the confusion.

by Chuah Bee Kim

JOHOR BARU: The federal government has requested for a postponement of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) implementation for foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor, said state Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said the VEP was under the jurisdiction of the Transport Ministry, and the reason for its postponement should be referred to the federal level, especially at the ministry.

 "I was told the federal government has asked for postponement (of the VEP) for reasons only known to them...you can take the opportunity during press conference to ask the Transport Ministry," said Khaled when asked about the VEP implementation that was suppose to have been in effect on Oct 1.

Khaled refused to answer further questions on the matter. He was speaking to reporters after opening the International Conference of Low Carbon Asia and fourth annual meeting of Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) at Double Tree Hotel here today.

The RM20 VEP for foreign-registered vehicles entering checkpoints in Johor was supposed to have started on Aug 1, 2014.

It was delayed a year to allow the management company responsible for the system at the two Johor checkpoints to ensure smooth operations when the system was suppose to have been implemented. Singaporean-registered vehicle users were then allowed to register online starting Aug 15 this year to obtain a radio frequency identification device (RFID) smart tag that would be used in the VEP system.

On Sept 26, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said a total of 100,000 vehicle users have signed up for the VEP through the Road Transport Department website.

This figure is about 20 per cent of an estimated figure of 500,000 vehicle users who were suppose to sign up for the VEP. The categories of vehicles which need to pay the RM20 VEP are private (vehicles owned by individuals, companies or organisations for private usage), commercial (vehicles owned by companies and used to transport goods or persons for hire), and VIP or Diplomat (vehicles owned by governments, consulates or embassies).

(source : New Straits Times online)
Federal govt requests postponement VEP implementation: Johor MB

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blue Car

This is such a beautiful car, isn't it?

I know everyone does something for a reason, and I don't know why the owner of this blue car would just park his car in the alley all the time.  What is his story?

Morning till night till the next morning.  What message is he delivering?

I guess he must have a good reason. I just don't know what it is.  But the message that I am getting is that he must have more than one car in his own house, and the fact that this car is just parked in the alley means that he is rarely using it.

So, why keep a car when you are not using it?   I know it is a public road... people tell me that.  But it irks me because there are so many people out there who can't afford a car, hidup susah, and I see a beautiful car just sitting there outside my window every time I draw the curtains.

And I don't even know the owner.

Well, at least it is a beautiful car.

A Murder Scene Is Now A Temple

by Chuah Bee Kim

WHAT was formerly the scene of one of Johor’s most gruesome mass murder is now a Taoist temple, with a huge following. Seven members in a family, including the matriach, Ramaiee, were brutally murdered in the house on July 28, 2001, and the house stood vacant for a long time.

The murdered were S. Perumal Suppan, 49, his wife, Mangala Gowri Kathiravalu, 42, his sisters, Amudavalli Suppiah, 45, and Letchimee Suppan, 51, his mother, Ramaiee Suppiah, 65, Ramaiee’s brother, Muniandy Suppiah, 71, and Amudavalli’s daughter, B. Vasagi, 27.

Ramaiee was the owner of the house. Her husband, who passed away before the tragedy, was said to be a deeply religious man who had converted one of the three bedrooms into a prayer room.

The murders were carried out between 1.41am and 7.43am in the one-and-a-half storey house. The bodies were only discovered at 8.25pm when a relative visited the family. The relative was cautioned by neighbours before he went into the house, saying the family had not come out of the house the whole day, leading to the grim discovery.

More than a dozen relatives, friends and workmates of the victims were reportedly called in to facilitate investigations, before Bangladeshi Md Masud Rana Md Mofizuddin and two others were picked up.

The other two suspects were later released by police, while Masud was sentenced to death for the crime on July 11, 2007. The court learnt that Masud had known 27-year-old Vasagi, as they had worked in the same factory but were in different departments.

Police discovered a photograph of Vasagi and Masud before the relationship turned sour. Masud had reportedly gone to the house with a fellow Bangladeshi that morning to get his money back from Vasagi, who had kept some of Masud’s money, and Masud was attempting to get it back.

However, a heated argument ensued, which reportedly triggered the murders. The murders kept neighbours of the quiet neighbourhood away, but attracted punters and gawkers, who came in droves. After the house was turned into a temple, the place was again visited by devotees in droves, and has garnered a large following.

A mother of three, who only wanted to be known as Anis, said she was not sure whether the devotees ever struck the lottery or won large amounts of money gambling, but many devotees who came for prayer sessions drove flashy and expensive cars.

Anis, 43, had been living next door to the temple, located in one of the housing estates in Johor Baru, for the past 11 years. “I have not sighted anything ‘ghostly’, nor felt uneasy in any way since I moved in next door. “There are people who say they have seen strange things, but for me, it’s very simple: If you’ve seen something ‘unsightly’, it is because you're unlucky.

“If you won the lottery after praying at the temple, that’s because you are lucky,” she said, adding that she was aware of the killings before she bought the house in 2004.

“The previous owner was spooked by the incident. Until today, the family has never come back to visit the place. “After the tragedy, the house was left vacant and thieves would just enter and take away all the victims’ belongings, including the victims’ clothes.

“I wanted to buy that house as the property was an end lot, as I thought that it would be great if I could own two lots. Unfortunately, the grandson (of the original owners) did not want to sell the house. He preferred to rent it out.  About five years after my husband and I moved in, the house was renovated into a temple.

“The number of devotees grew over the years. I was told that whenever the temple was going to celebrate a festival or perform a ritual, the fruits on the trees planted in the temple grounds would sprout. “The temple’s devotees would often give the fruits to me, which I would happily eat, as I believe spirits will not set out to harm you if you have not done any harm to them when they were in their human forms.”

Neither Anis, her husband or their their three children, aged between six and 20, have experienced any eerie encounters or vengeful spirits over the years.

“I do have friends who say they do not want to visit us out of fear, but all that exists only in one’s mind.” Ah Keng, another neighbour who also did not want to disclose his full name, said he had never seen anything out of the ordinary.

“Of course, at first everyone was shaken by the tragedy, but it is a thing of the past now. Most in the neighbourhood are aware of what happened in that house, but there are some new neighbours who moved in not too long ago, and I believe they know nothing about the tragedy.

“I don’t know the murder victims, but it was normal to see the older women tending the garden at the break of dawn.

“There would be chickens running around the lawn, and the woman would be cleaning up the compound. “I also recall that there used to be a small prayer area under a tree in the garden,” Ah Keng said.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/murder-scene-now-temple

(source: NST online)

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