Showing posts from October, 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.

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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 …

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…

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.

(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.

The Rail Experience

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.

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

The first class coach was really spacious and had comf…

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.

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 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…

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, say…