Monday, October 31, 2016


很多人生气,失望,绝望 , I think it will take me ages to write this post if I were to continue writing in Chinese. This post is inspired by the tsunami of posts in Facebook concerning the 15 sen price hike in petrol and diesel.  That nothing ever comes down except hujan and airmata. (ok, airmata added by me).

Life's not that bad. The grey skies will clear up.

A lot of people are also confused about about the VEP and Road Charge.  I, too, wasn't really clear about it till a good friend directed me to this link

After reading the link and if you are still not clear, it's basically saying that the VEP is a tracking database with no fees except for the one-time registration fee and that motorists have to collect a radio frequency identification (RFID) label while the RC is a separate entry toll that Singapore-registered cars have to pay RM20.

Thank you Friend for the clarification.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Citizen Walkabout

The bus fare from JB to Segamat costs RM18.20.  It was written on the ticket "semoga tuan berpuashati dengan perkhidmatan kami", but how to be satisfied when there's intermittent "rain" from the aircond vent during the 175km journey?

Pic taken on Oct 29 (9.30am bus).

Meanwhile, the above pic and the following pics are all taken on Oct 30 (morning).

JB recorded the highest number of Dengue cases in Johor.  Why?

Jalan Segget

 Jalan Segget

Southern Waste Management (SWM) workers are doing their job, no doubt about that.  Is the volume of rubbish more than the number of workers, like the number of cars are more than the allocated parking lots?

Or is it simply a lack of civic consciousness?

There's a reason why the dustbin is placed there.

Went back to my car and saw a fine of RM30 for not displaying a parking coupon.  Haha!

I thought parking is free on a Sunday.  I immediately paid the fine and it was discounted to RM12.  I'm perfectly ok with that because it was my fault for not displaying a coupon. 

The MBJB enforcement team is doing their job.  The SWM workers are doing their job, so why are there still rubbish and illegal parking plaguing the city?

Is it because local council enforcement officers are not empowered to issue fines if cars are outside a legal parking lot?


Saturday, October 29, 2016

VEP Finally

Latest Update

If you are still not clear about VEP and Road Charge, you can either go to    or       灰色的天空

Updated   Corrections

It turned out that the Vehicle Entry Permit and the Road Charge are two different things. VEP uses the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) scanner while RC uses Touch and Go.

My apologies for getting it wrong. So confusing!

VEP yet to be implemented.

Original Post

In reply to Mr Jimmy Puah Wee Tse's 3 questions

1) Does that mean in addition to this so called RC, an additional VEP charges would be levied against foreign registered vehicle, and if so when and how much?

2) What is the actual difference between this RC and VEP? Why is it the government has been consistently updating the public that VEP will be implemented by end of this year, but then out of nowhere, suddenly VEP has been sidestepped and RC has been brought in and coincidentally the charge amount is also RM20 exactly the same with the proposed VEP charges?

A: It is the Vehicle Entry Permit road charge

3) Earlier it has been suggested that Johor state government will be entitled to 25% or RM5 of VEP collection. Is the understanding still valid and enforceable in view that the government has now switched the term to Road Charge (RC)?

A: The state government is entitled to 25 per cent or RM5 from every RM20 collected from the road charge  to be imposed on foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor starting Tuesday.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the VEP system is set to be implemented after a glitch-free two-month trial run at the Causeway and Second Link.

"Singapore started implementing charges on foreign-registered cars long ago.

"We will also be imposing charges on Thailand and Indonesian registered cars gradually," Liow said today, and denied any discrimination against Singapore-registered cars.

As of July, 144,000 Singapore-registered vehicles have registered for VEP.  An average of 20,000 Singapore-registered cars enter the Causeway and Second Link daily.

The RC would be collected each time motorists enter Malaysia via the Touch n’ Go card effective Nov 1.
Don't be too bothered by things which we have no control over


Friday, October 28, 2016

Road Charge?

and a media statement by
Jimmy Puah Wee Tse
Johor PKR Deputy Chairman
State Assemblyman Bukit Batu

Johor short-changed by implementation of RM20 Road Charge instead of VEP – Revenue loss could be as high as RM182,500,000 a year

I refer to the Transport Minister Dato Seri Liow Tiong Lai announcement that effective 1-11-2016, all foreign registered vehicle entering Malaysia via Johor will be subjected to an RM20 (S$6.60) charge.

He stressed that this Road Charge or RC is not to be confused with VEP. Well, I and many others right minded Johoreans are certainly confuse now.

Three questions I would like to pose to the Malaysia government:-

1) Does that mean in addition to this so called RC, an additional VEP charges would be levied against foreign registered vehicle, and if so when and how much?

2) What is the actual difference between this RC and VEP? Why is it the government has been consistently updating the public that VEP will be implemented by end of this year, but then out of nowhere, suddenly VEP has been sidestepped and RC has been brought in and coincidentally the charge amount is also RM20 exactly the same with the proposed VEP charges?

3) Earlier it has been suggested that Johor state government will be entitled to 25% or RM5 of VEP collection. Is the understanding still valid and enforceable in view that the government has now switched the term to Road Charge (RC)?

It is regrettable that Transport Minister has omitted to mention this in his announcement. But from my observation of the whole VEP saga which the implementation date has been postponed no less than 4 times since August 2015 (the initial commencement date), it seems that the Johor government has been short changed by the Federal government.

By changing the cart or rename the horse, the Federal government can now start collecting the money from foreign registered vehicle without paying a single sen to the Johor government. In fact the Singapore Straits Times estimates a daily collection of RM2,000,000 by the Malaysian government once the RM20 VEP start operation.

This mean the Malaysia government could collect up to RM730,000,000 a year of which under the earlier agreement in relation to VEP collection, Johor government should have been entitled to RM182,500,000.

All this is now up the smoke as VEP has been sidelined to be replaced by Road Charge (RC). I call upon the Federal and Johor state government to immediately reply to my queries and clarify the confusion.

Johor PKR will not depart from our consistent stand that Johor government should be entitled to 25% collection from any VEP or RC to be collected by the government and this money must be used for the benefit of the Johor people and in a transparent manner.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

What Sparked The Fire?

In brief

The West Block of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA), which houses the accident and emergency services ward, cardio thoracic ward, ICU as well as the blood bank, will now be temporarily closed for thorough checks from all aspects --- strucutural & wiring, etc.

There were previous fires in the ICU, said to be merely sparks, and checks were done --- there was no electrical overload. 

On Wednesday, which was one day after the tragic fire, there was another similar incident at the HSA. It may have only been a spark but it still caused major panic, as staff and patients were evacuated.  And it may not be so small after all, as a 23-year-old nurse, Rasidah Rahmat, who was on duty at the operating theatre was also admitted to the ICU of the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) on the day of the incident.  Her condition is stable now.

Forensic findings dismissed an oxygen tank had exploded, or someone charging a handphone was the cause of the deadly blaze on Tuesday.

The last fire drill in the HSA was said to have been in 2009.  No one verified this, but it was certain there had been no fire drill  recently.

On whether there was an emergency response team at the hospital, which was mandatory according to the Fire and Rescue Department, it could also not be ascertained.

"Human tendency not to follow SOP 100 per cent," Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam had said, after a meeting with the management of HSA yesterday.

On whether it was true that HSA did not have a Fire Certificate as reported by a local Malay daily, Subramaniam said the hospital was built in the 19th century and it was possible there was no need for a fire certificate at that time but over the years, new blocks had come up with new equipment coming in, and all these have the approval of the Fire and Rescue Department.

Johor Baru Fire and Rescue Department chief Ibrahim Omar said there was a strong possibility that no fire drills have been conducted at the HSA since last year and that the hospital does not have any emergency response teams dedicated to firefighting.

These questions were raised after the HSA fire on Tuesday, which claimed six lives.  Ibrahim believed that the situation could have been handled better had there been an emergency response team dedicated to firefighting at the HSA.

Due to the tragedy, there will not be a state Deepavali celebration in Johor as a mark of respect for the victims.

Those killed were K. Logeswaran, 20, Choo Lin Fung, 37, Toh Ah Wah, 60, Yusof Hassan, 53, M. Kaliama, 23 and C. Neeramala Devi, 24.

C. Neeramala Devi

and some of the stories related to the tragedy

Hundreds Pay Their Last Respect To Neeramala

I Came To Wish My Daughter "Happy Birthday" Ended Saying Goodbye

She's not dead, stop spreading rumours, says Johor Health Dept on 'hero nuShe's Not Dead, Stop Spreading Rumours, says Johor Health Dept hero nurse

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Disabled Myth

Lee Yan Haw (left) and Ong Kok Jun

Lee Yan Haw is the introvert, and Ong Kok Jun, the talkative one .... two contrasting personality types but they certainly make beautiful music together.

At the inaugural Kiwanis Careheart Musical Night, held on the 4th level of Sutera Mall in Johor Baru on Saturday night, the boys performed 阿里郎 (a Korean folk song) and the Myth theme song "Endless Love" on the guzheng.

Yan Haw, 16, joined Kiwanis Careheart Centre in 2015.  A reserved boy who plays the guzheng and lute, Yan Haw began to interact with his peers only after music therapy sessions.  Music gave him the self-confidence to open up, and he is not as withdrawn and self-absorbed as before.

Ho Yong Terng played (一剪梅) Yi Jian Mei

Ho Yong Terng, 16, has learning disabilities and did not complete his secondary school education.  He joined Careheart in 2013.  The musically-gifted Yong Terng had a quick temper and was prone to throwing tantrums in the past.

He would stomp his feet in rage every time he missed a note or played the keyboard badly due to nerves, but through counselling, Yong Terng is now able to maintain calmness despite a peformance glitch.  Yong Terng also plays the guzheng and is a performing member of the 24 Festive Drums.

On Saturday night, Yong Terng, Yan Haw and Kok Jun and their peers proved to the crowd --- as event organising chairman, Koh Guan Hoe, said in his speech: "Who said they are disabled? The performers are going to show you that they are more able than you and I, when it comes to musical and performing talents."

Koh, who is also the principal of the Kiwanis Careheart Centre, said the students were able to play instruments such as ukelele, erhu, guitar, among others, after a period of training but funds and public support are needed to sustain the centre.

"It's not that we are "money face" but besides skills training, our centre also focuses on the holistic development of each individual and money is needed to engage different experts in the field of fine arts and performing arts to coach the students.

"Tonight we move into yet another milestone which is to create a special platform for the students to showcase their talents," Koh said.

Those involved in the Kiwanis Careheart Musical Night include Dr Lim Kock Hwa, Kuek Ser Hong, Serena Quek, Roy Toh, Steven Shum, Chang Meng Kiat and Lam Yew Chong.

some of the patrons invited to beat the drums on stage to mark the launch of Kiwanis Careheart Musical Night

Another performer Go Qi En, 19, who is moderately autistic had gone through Motor Sensory Training, the ABA method of teaching, acquiring living skills, etc. and on Saturday night, he delighted the crowd with a drum performance and a rendition of a Hokkien song titled "Tomorrow".

There was also a special guest from Malacca, Chia Loke Yen, an autistic savant with a "singing performance level 7 certificate" who  performed a number of songs, together with Filipino back-up singers Mariviclopia and Rose Jane Porcel.

The songs included "Anak", Country Road,  外婆的澎湖灣 and 上海灘

Meanwhile, there was also a plate-spinning feat by Careheart students.

Notice the young man in blue who is holding his handphone (third row) in the pic above?  He sprang up and shook his booty to the catchy tune of 小苹果, one of the performances of the night.

He exuded such enormous joy as he went on filming the performance.  It became instantly contagious that one forget about the petty squbbles and other challenges in life. One may not be rich, but if you can spare a smile, a listening ear, a helping hand to another ....  that already fills one with the warm fuzzy feeling of abundant wealth.

I was so captivated by the 小苹果 performance that I forgot to take a picture of the students  performing it.

I shall leave you with the catchy 小苹果 song which I actually heard for the first time on Saturday night.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tow Away, Throw Away, Look Away

People parking under "No Parking" signs and in the "Tow-Away Zone"

People tearing away their "Parking" fines or shoving them into the glove compartment

People putting up security gantries without the approval of town planners and local councils

People tearing down illegal gantries because state roads belong to the state, and the state needs these roads for maintenance works and emergencies

People putting up the gantries again after it's been torn down, this time with a VIP in tow

People walking out of Parliament in protest during the tabling of the 2017 Budget 

Tow Away Zone

What is the root cause of all these problems?

Not enough parking bays?

People are desperate, they think only of themselves and their own convenience?

Crime is rampant although crime index is going down?

Lack of civic awareness and public empathy  --- failure of education system, parents, local councils?

People don't know, don't care and have no respect for law and order?

Two days ago, a friend said he wanted to "yam cha" (have tea) with an old friend in Taman Sentosa.  He drove two rounds, saw some cars that were double-parked and eventually decided to go somewhere else.

That was to have tea, what about people who have a doctor's appointment?  People who have an elderly person in the car? 

Look away, no need to care so much about problems that you have no control over.  Look away, and they'll be gone

Don't love too deeply, and don't hate too much.

Our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says it best

"jika kita suka seseorang itu berpada-padalah, mana tahu kelak kita akan membenci, kalau kita benci seseorang itu pula berpada-padalah, kerana mungkin orang yang kita benci itu kelak akan menjadi orang yang kita sayang"


Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's His Story?

This is the car that is always parked outside my house at the moment.  He's not blocking my gate or anything, so I'm not going to be too bothered by it. 

But I'm still interested to know the "Why?" "What is his story?"

At least, from my observation, the driver of this car is a regular guy.  He leaves for work around noon and comes back late at night.  At times, the car is there quite early (probably his day off).  My guess is, he is probably a renter and his landlord already has a car in the porch.

Previously there was one car which was even more peculiar.  The owner hardly moves the car at all.  He just leaves his blue car at the back of my house, and it is such a beautiful car.  Why buy a car and not use it, I always wondered.

The driver of the blue car has now moved the car to the back of his own house.  It doesn't matter to me now whether he uses it or not because it's no longer at the back of my house.

At another house, also a corner lot like mine, I saw people parking their cars on the grass outside that neighbour's house.  I know it is a public road, but houseowners do plant flowers and shrubs on the grass.  This makes the taman a lovelier place to live in.  We also clean the place even though it is a public road --- I know, you're going to ask, "WHO ASKED YOU TO?"  --- but isn't it nice to live in a clean and green neighbourhood?  Does anyone have the right to destroy or damage another's effort?

My friend who visited me recently, wondered whether the guy with the white car had bought this car without his wife's knowledge, and to avoid a quarrel had decided to park at my place, and tells her that he takes the bus to work everyday.

We all form conclusions and perceptions of an event based on our own personal experiences. For me, I would never have thought of that.

I'm thinking of something more like ...

I'm very intrigued by "The Girl On The Train" at the moment.  I've bought the book but have not read it yet.  Maybe I'll just watch the movie.

Watch movie, then read book.... or read book, then watch movie ....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Plea For Serenity

It has become a norm in many housing estates in Johor Bahru, and I believe elsewhere too. I heard KL is even worst. 

I think commercial hubs and even public hospitals are not spared this problem of illegal parking.

A recent drive through Taman Pelangi in Johor Bahru turned out to be such a stressful experience for me, with the traffic congestion and the deafening sounds made by the swiftlets. 

The number of cars is apparently more than the parking lots, and someone needs to come up with a solution to this problem which is only going to get worse. 

Build a multi-storey car park, fine motorists who park illegally, tow away their cars, come up with better connectivity and public transportation.

Parking woe is starting in gated and guarded communities while ungated neighbourhoods like Kim Teng Park and Serene Park, both located near the CIQ, are inundated with cars left by people who leave their cars there and go to work across the Causeway.  

the coastal highway going to town

The residents in these neighbourhoods have come up with a dozen ways to deter illegal parking but to no avail.  They're waiting for a hero to come their way.

Who wants to be the hero who can save the day?
One in every three adults in the country is grappling with mental health issues, whether they realise it or not. Startling and worrying findings shared by the Health Ministry have also revealed an increase in the number of women suffering from poor mental health. The ministry’s just-released National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) revealed a drastic two-fold increase in the number of mental health patients from a decade ago

Read More :

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement on the approval of a third Foon Yew High School branch in Bandar Seri Alam, during a meet-the-people and high tea session at Kompleks Sentosa, Johor Bahru, before the 13th general election.

The approval letter for the school branch was today presented by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to Foon Yew High School Management Committee chairman Tong Sing Chuan at the UMLand Seri Alam Sales Gallery, along with a cheque amounting to RM1 mil.

The Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association also contributed RM500,000 to the building fund.

Read More :
pic source NST online

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, on a separate occasion, said that in Johor, a Johorean can apply for a house under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme, which is priced between RM50,000 and RM150,000 in a prime location, such as Iskandar Puteri.

Wee asked those living in Pakatan-led states whether they can find houses that are priced RM150,000 in prime areas near their work place.

Wee also pointed out that Johor's foreign direct investment figures speak volumes of what the state government has done.

Meanwhile, Johor MIC chief Datuk M Asojan said that under the leadership of former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman, the Indian community have received plenty of benefits for the building of Tamil vernacular schools and temples.

"When Khaled became the Menteri Besar, the 2015 state budget has an allocation of RM4 million for the Indian community and in 2016, the amount was increased to RM6 million for welfare, education, entrepreneurship and the rehibilitation of Tamil schools.

"You cannot find any dissatisfaction among the Indians here towards Khaled's leadership," Asojan said, adding that on Oct 4, in conjunction with MIC's 70th anniversary celebration, that state also gave RM1 million for the building of a ritual site for the Indian community.

Asojan called on those living in Penang and Selangor to ask what their leaders have done for them when the leaders ask them for votes.

Wee and Asojan were responding to State Opposition leader Liew Chin Tong's call to "puncture the myth" that Johor Umno and Khaled have delivered as a government and that there was "universal disdain" from the ground for Najib.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Minding Your Mind and Money

Aviary stock photo

I was awakened from my sleep early this morning by what I thought was the sound of someone starting the engine of his car.  I lay on my bed with eyes closed, not wanting to think too much about it. 

Park the car outside my house and coming to start the engine so early in the morning, my mind was raving.

When I eventually opened my eyes, I realised that it was actually my ceiling fan that had woken me from my sleep.

The reason I'm sharing this is I want to say that the mind sometimes try to trick us.

That's why people kill others at the spur of the moment (unpremeditated murder), and sometimes they kill themselves because they could see no other solution to their problem.  The Robert that they love so much has left them for another.  (Once upon a time, Hong Kong-made movies always name the Casanova type characters Robert).

So the mind tricks them into thinking that there is no other way out, it's the end of the world.  If only they could calm down and wait a few hours or days, they'd look back on that moment and see that it really wasn't such a big deal.

What I'm trying to say is, don't get tricked by the mind. Today is World Mental Health Day.  Keep the body and mind healthy, and if you know someone suffering from mental illness, try not to judge or ridicule them.  Be compassionate.

I also found this story

about Serene Park in Johor Bahru, which isn't so serene anymore.  The story was written in April but a check with the residents revealed that the community issue here still exists.  It's definitely worse in Serene Park than in my neighbourhood as there are break-ins, road accidents and robberies on top of people parking everywhere and causing congestion.

Apart from minding the mind and being the master of it, another thing one needs to be master of is MONEY.

Poor financial management resulted in 22,663 Malaysians under the age of 35 being declared bankrupt between 2011 and Sept 2015, according to the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC).

MFPC deputy president Michael Kok Fook On reportedly told Bernama that this group of people failed to manage their financial resources and do not understand the importance of proper financial planning.

Have a financial plan and cultivate the discipline to stick with it.  Also diversify and grow your wealth.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Run For Special Children

the crowd at the Sutera Square

More than 1,000 people took part in the Autism Charity Run organised by Calvary Victory Centre (CVC) in Johor Bahru today.

The run, held at the Sutera Square, was divided into two categories --- 5km for adults and 2.4km for children and those with special needs.

CVC, which started operations on Oct 1 with five students, now caters and offers Special Education Programmes to 120 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged three to 25.

Sponsors of the run include  Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, 7 Days Fitness Gelang Patah, and Comfort Beauty Spa.

Lee Ming Lee (Lily), who is the head teacher of  CVC,  said that autism awareness is growing in Johor and parents with special children are now more willing to bring their child out for activities that promote social interactions.

If you're planning a small gathering like a tea party of sort, you can consider ordering snacks from the  CVC DeLights Cafe which employs children with special needs.

Majority Rules

first there was one
and then there were two

I wrote that I wasn't going to be bothered anymore about things that happen outside my house, so maybe this will be the last (concerning my neighbourhood, that is).

I have no issue with these buses.  No one else seems to mind.

This post is about an incident which had happened in another country.  This woman wrote that she has two cars --- one was hers and the other belonged to her husband.  As one car was already in the porch, another one had to be parked outside.  As she has to move the other car before the one in the porch could get out, she decided to park one of her cars at her neighbour's house opposite the road.

She said that the neighbour then told her to move her car.  In the comment section, I saw a number of people lashing out at the neighbour, saying that the latter has no right to ask the woman to move her vehicle as the road does not belong to her.  They encouraged the woman to ignore the neighbour.

I don't think that is right.  If she has relatives coming over and since there will be three cars, then at least there's a valid reason to park at the neighbour's house.

But if it's because she doesn't want to inconvenience herself and her husband, and decided to make her neighbour's space their permanent parking spot, then it is not right at all.

However, I saw more people taking her side than that of the neighbour.  So sad and disheartening.

I guess this is a common community issue in every district, state and country.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Whatever Happens On Public Road, None Of My Concern

It looks like there is no law to protect houseowners who are being barraged by people parking outside the house.

I never said the neighbours cannot park outside.  It's just that they should not park at the same spot everyday when they, too, have their own houses.  It is so selfish and inconsiderate. Other people also have guests and we also need to park our cars outside at times.

I'm pretty sure my neighbours will not like it too if I were to park my car outside their house all the time.  But people rarely think of others.  It's all about their own convenience.

Since the local council says it's everyone's road, then I am not going to be bothered with whatever happens outside my house anymore. Let the public take care of it. I just need to take care of my own house.

Anyone who wants to come and park outside my house, feel free to do so.  As long as you don't block the gate, you can park and do whatever you like.  No one can question you because it is a public road.

Whether there's any dengue or Zika or break-ins in the neighbourhood, as long as it is not my house, it's not my concern.

Anyway, there are bigger things to worry about.  Between Oct 16 and 20, there's going to be a perigee, in which the moon is closest to the earth.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has revealed a possibility of water levels reaching 3.9m-high in certain areas during this period.  Coupled with torrential rain, there could be massive disruption and damage due to flooding.

The water level is going to rise more than two-fold.  Be prepared! 

Maybe nothing will happen.  Let's wait and see what Nature wants to tell us.

Johor Tells Residents In 12 Coastal Areas To Prepare For High Tide Phenomenon

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Poetic Justice

pic sourced from NST online

Saw this article in the New Straits Times written by Nabilah Hamudin.  This may be an act of criminal mischief in the eyes of the law, but it is sheer poetic justice to all motorists and residents and shop operators who have had to endure getting blocked by drivers who think only about themselves, and don't spare a thought for others.

There is a law which prohibits one from letting the air out of other people's car, but there is no law against those who inconvenience others.  They park their cars even if there is a NO PARKING sign right above them.

Have you ever encountered cases where you park your car in a legal parking lot, and then someone comes along and park his car in front of you and you need to wait till the person comes and get his car before you can get out?

I'm sure many have encountered this, and

instead of apologizing, some drivers either act like they've done absolutely nothing wrong or some even get angry with you if you tell them off.  They have no qualms for making you wait for them, like they have every right to block you.  Of course not everyone is like that.

There were also instances where the parking lot is for you to park your car horizontally, but some driver will come and park vertically or diagonally.  I'm sure, if you've ever encountered this, you will know how challenging it is to get the car out of the horizontal parking lot when a car in front is parked vertically or diagonally.

Since there is nothing much that we can do about it when it comes to the quirks and inconsiderate behavior of other individuals, all we can do is to continue with our own lives and look out for more stories like these.  Here's the link

12 vehicles' tires punctured in Cameron Highlands, Culprits Unknown

Even in housing estates, haphazard parking has become a norm.  One house can have as many as 3 to 4 or even 7 cars.  Just have to endure with it.  You have your quirks, I have my quirks too.  But then, two wrongs don't make a right.

In case, you don't want to go to the link, here's an exerpt

IPOH: Twelve vehicles parked around Brinchang town in Cameron Highlands had their tyres deliberately punctured in the middle of the night in what appears to be an act of mischief. 
  Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Hasadid A Hamid said the incident occurred between 3am and 5am on Saturday when the vehicle owners were fast asleep. 
  Hasadid said initial investigations revealed the vehicles were parked haphazardly and were obstructing traffic, which may have made other motorists angry. 

 - 3 October 2016 @ 8:47 PM  

some facebookers' comments taken from NST's FB

Hemoby Sen He added that initial investigations reveal that the vehicles were parked haphazardly and were obstructing traffic, which may have made other motorists angry. - park at your own risk. You enter people's town, show some respect or face the consequences

Cheah Hon Chong next time think before simply park

Stanley Rozario It is the authorites biggest mistake into not looking at the parking problems. Good at promoting holiday sites, etc. But poor management of other things. 

Zuhud Wal Sabri If obstructing traffic, perhaps clamping and fine is more civilise. Rather than deliberately puncturing the tyre. So...which would be better?

Saber El Semaun Park haphazardly? Paddannnnnnnnn muko ko setannnnn

Daus Yg Bezz Biasa la tempat pelancongan parking tak cukup. Tp ni bukan caranya.. Huhu


It usually isn't nice to gloat when others are in pain, but in this case, self-reflection Guys and Gals.

Have a blessed Wednesday. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016


car on fire
This Mercedes Benz 240 (pictured) burst into flames at the Skudai-Pontian interchange in Johor Bahru on Saturday.  Luckily, the driver and five others in the car, all family members, including three children, got out in time.

Vehicles bursting into flames are quite common nowadays.  And it can happen anywhere, anytime.

My recent little outburst asking others to be considerate was sparked by people who park their cars outside other people's house on a daily basis.

One of them even rang the doorbell to ask why he couldn't park there, and he claimed that he could park wherever he wished as it was a public road.

But the argument that it is a public road cannot hold if it is an inconvenience to other people, especially the owner of the house.

After I voiced out my grouses by putting notes on their vehicles and on Facebook, I received a mixed bag of response.  Some said it was a public road and there was not much that can be done.  However, there were some who shared my sentiment.

Someone shared with me her experience where she had made an appointment to install an air-conditioning unit.  When the servicemen came, they could not do the work as a neighbour's car was blocking them.  When she went to the neighbour's house, the neighbour said the owner of the car had gone to work in Singapore and he didn't leave his car keys behind.  So, the servicemen had to go back without installing the air-cond but the person still had to pay for the service because it was not the servicemen's fault.

And the car that was parked behind my house has moved to another spot. Thank God for that.

Not many people realised it but the driver actually provided a "ladder" for people to climb into my house.  Sometimes crimes are committed because there was an opportunity.  

the driver has moved the car. 

Moreover, the backlane is a service lane or for fire engines to use, I was told.

If the driver had parked at his own place, it would be wrong for me to highlight it because it is none of my concern why he had bought a car and was not using it.  But if a car was parked near your place --- whether it is at the back, side or front of your house --- you can't stop wondering about it.

Let's say if you were to walk your dog past your neighbour's house and the neighbour sees dog poo outside his house all the time, he'd get mad, too.  Or if you litter outside his gate whenever you walk past.  Not intentionally but out of  habit.  He'd definitely "throw" something back at you.

Oh dear! I could go on and on about this.  I better stop here.

In short, it may be a public road but we still need to think of others.  You may maintain you have the right, but others have a right too.  It's just who is more right, and two wrongs don't make a right.

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