Showing posts from April, 2016

Synergy Effect

PASIR GUDANG: The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and the Johor Baru Furniture Association together with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Johor, are collaborating to bring a synergy effect to the furniture making industry.

SFIC assistant honorary treasurer Marcus Wong said the networking platform will enable Singapore-based companies to explore the potential of setting up retail, manufacturing and office facilities in Iskandar Malaysia as well as enable furniture manufacturers from both sides of the Causeway to work together.

Wong said this after a networking session, attended by 200 participants, at EBP III here recently at an event hosted by Ecoworld Development Group.

He said that it will be more cost-effective for SFIC members to shift their facilities to Johor, namely, due to the land tenure and lower overhead costs.

"The cost of operating a factory in Johor is one-third that of operating one in Singapore, and the land at the EBP offers freeho…

Demerit Points

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Was having lunch with my friend when she told me this (hopefully this is the correct answer.)

"Of course the owner will get the demerit points.  Tak kan JPJ tahu who was driving the car at the time.  Unless the offence was discovered during a road block and the officer took down the driving licence number of the driver."

So, dear reader, that is the answer to your question.


Tried to help  out but after waiting for more than five minutes, my patience ran out.  Maybe I called the wrong number.  03 8315 9200.  Got the number from the Internet.

The machine said: Your call is important to us.  Please hold.  Your call will be transferred to our next available customer service officer.

(pause)  Sorry.  All our customer service officers are still busy.  Please hold.  We will attend to you shortly.

I listened to the same message 15x.  No wonder reader asked me.  If the information were easy to get, he probably wouldn't have to ask me.

Does anyone know the a…

Moving On

I wanted so much to say I have achieved my 2nd Victory, but it was not to be.  The fault was mine.  It was a silly, careless, itsy bitsy teeny weeny little mistake.  What to do?  Sigh!

That little episode is over and done.  Get over it.  Today is a brand new day.

I had a wonderful conversation with a taxi driver just now. A story worth sharing. 

The taxi driver told me he gave up his job in Singapore, where he took home RM5,000 every month.  I asked him why and he said:

"My son was 4 years old while my daughter was 2 at the time.  I went to my childrens' room to look at them before leaving for work early in the morning.

"My wife later told me that my son went to ask her after I had left for work.

"My son asked: "Mommy, who's that uncle who came to our house just now?""

The taxi driver told me he made the decision to quit after hearing what his wife said.

He now earns lesser but he said he has absolutely no regrets because he didn't want his…

Not Only One Man's Story

No one wants to hear their story.

But I think their story affects everyone.  Everyone and every being that consumes water and seafood.  So, this isn't just their story anymore.

The fishes caught here were said to have broken skin and lesions. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the fish.  Every time it rains, Baboo's village will be flooded.  The houses are not inundated with water because they are on high ground.  The mud cake is proof that there's water clogging somewhere.

After a heavy downpour, the water in the river will be blackish --- like Teh-O --- and shellfish would be buried by the mud.  As shellfish is a food source for other marine life, the dwindling catch of the fishermen here like Baboo, is affecting their livelihood.

"Last time we could just drink water sourced straight from the river.  Now we have water taps in our homes, so there is no need to drink water from the river," Baboo said.

"But this does not mean we have to forget about…