Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Penang’s polluted beaches keeping tourists away

Penang’s polluted beaches keeping tourists away

PENANG: Polluted beaches is the main reason why tourists from Europe and Australia are avoiding the state in favour of Bali and Phuket.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said he was informed of the matter by the management of Malaysia Airlines during a meeting on Monday.

Sorrying state of The Gurney Drive coastline

Well said Mr Teng .

Not only the state government need to rehabilitate Batu Ferringhi area, you, as an executive in the state government leadership, also need to take action to help the rehabilitate Gurney Drive coastline, which is full of sludge thanks to Tanjung Pinang reclamation project managed and owned by UDA holdings.

Please go ahead and do an EIA on the matter, let the public know who destroyed Gurney Drive, which is near to the Chief Minister's constituency.

I hope you are not going to play the 3 monkeys act : See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

UMNO owns your escape route

If your property is situated next to an UMNO property, then you got to be worried.

This is the mid enterance to UMNO bahagian Tanjung, official address is Lebuh Bishop, but yet the "brains" behind the building decided to open an "official" enterance facing Jalan Mejid Kapitan Keling.

Now this area measuring 20" x 10" square is not UMNO's property but public area. Their neighours are robbed from using the public space and their rear exit had been reduced to a mere 3" wide space, as can see on the second pics.

Much had be reported in the press this matter, highlighted by Democratic Action Party of Penang, the MPPP President is made known about this, Penang State Government also knows about it ...

But yet ... this building still remains, and no one dare to touch it ... unlike the 2 kuils in Shah Alam ...

So MPPP, are you still asleep ?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Park at will

These pics were taken at intersection between Jalan Westland and Jalan Khaw Sim Bee, there is a parking lot just 50 meters away and yet these owners just park as if the road belongs to their grandfathers.

The next time when you see this happen in your neighbourhood, just call the following number and our Men in Blue may come and do some paperwork

Polis Trafik Daerah Timur Laut : 04-229-2222

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Is this the reason why Sg Pinang Bridge project Stalled ?

Penang state Exco member Koay Kar Huah, Chairman of Public Works, Utilities (Energy, Water, Telecommunication) and Transportation (Air, Sea & Railway) Committee was last heard reading that the Sg Pinang Steel Bridge project stalled because of 'communication' problem.

淡水港铁桥进度慢 郭家骅:工程延误乃沟通出问题

If you drive past the current steel bridge, you notice this small mosque on your right just after the bridge.

The back of the mosque used to be a factory with big chimney if memory serves me right, and in recent months the site had be cleared and made into a multimillion dollar Toyota showroom.

It is kinda obvious that this mosque is blocking the development, so will the government have balls to 'relocate' this mosque like what they did to places of worship of other religion ? ;)

Your thoughs ?

Monday, August 13, 2007

The RM 350,000.00 'Salted Duck Egg' - 700 odd days later

I got a tipoff from a little bird about this infamous junk which I blogged about approximately 2 years back that its fountain failed to operate, and so I went to investigate myself

Day time, no water off the fountain

Night time, also no water from the fountain.

Erm Mr Zainal Rahim Seman, your immediate reaction is much needed now.

note : You come help me to notify Mr Seman on this matter

Update :
The water is back as of 31 August 2007. Strangely no one come take credit to it, so on behalf of the tax payers that funded this project, I would like to say thank you to MPPP president for repairing the failed fountain, god knows how much the tax payers has to foot for the repair bill.
Update again on 15 Sept 2007
The water fountain is out of water again :(

Monday, August 06, 2007

Wait ... am I stupid or am I informative, knowledgeable and disseminate positive views on current issues ?

Zam Zam ala Ketam once said bloggers are ngoblok ( stupid in Indonesian Language ) but now he said not all bloggers are stupid.

So this blogger is ngoblok or not ?

Saturday, August 04, 2007

1st encounter with Rapid Penang bus service

I took an interstate coach from Kuala Lumpur on sunny friday afternoon, the journey was plesant as the traffic wasn't congested although there are a number of upgrading work underway along PLUS highway.

The interstate bus arrived at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal at 9pm and since I am at the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, I decided to try out the Rapid Penang bus service to see how good it is, rather than relying on notoruios Penang taxi service which the state government and CVLB failed to tame.

I disembarked from platform 4 and was told that Rapid Penang occupies Platform 1 which is nearest to the taxi terminal. Platform 1 definately is NOT ready for Rapid Penang service as that narrow path still covered with un-finished renovation work.

As published before by major press, there are no timetable nor route information at Platform 1 where the Rapid Penang buses are scheduled to stop over.

After waited for 30 minutes came the first bus. There are a number of eager passengers like myself went to lookout for where this bus gonna head towards to. I was disappointed when the signboard printed Bayan Baru on this bus as I wanted to head towards Komtar.

So I asked the bus driver

Me : Encik bus nombor berapa pi Komtar

Driver : you kena pi Jalan besar ambik bus 301 sampai 303 baru ade pi Komtar

Me : Jalan besar mana ? tak stop kat sini ke ?

Driver : bus top sini cuma untuk bus dari Weld Quay, kalau you nak pigi komtar kena guna bas stand kat jalan besar dekat kubur tu, abis bus akan belok kiri ikut Jalan Sungai Dua.

Me : Kubur mana ? Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah ke ?

Driver : ya.

Me : okie thank you

What the fuck ? so much for the RM80 million project and not integrated ???, So I carried along my 2 pieces of luggage and had to walk across heavy trafficed 6 lane Jalan Sungai Dua, 400 meters away just to get to the bus stand mentioned by the driver.

Yet again, no route information nor timetable available at this bus stand, so there goes the 1 stop integrated bus service for Penang. It is even worst than before where Milan bus stop at the bus stop immediately in front of Sungai Nibong Express Bus terminal.

I patiently waited for another 30 odd minutes and comes the much awaited U302 bus.

It was a long haul bus, it has state of the art dashboard with a black and white LCD screen receiving near real time video feed from a dome camera positioned at the mid section of the cabin. It also houses a low tech cash container, a device which which found its way from the mini buses.

Boarded the bus, asked for the fair, RM1.50 from Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah to Jalan Ria in Komtar.

However the long haul bus has less seatting capacity than i thought, however, with more standing space, it can cramp more passengers.

An in cabin surveilance black and white camera aim at the back exit.

This U302 route took me around 30 minutes to reach Komtar. It passes Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah - Jalan Sungai Dua - Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah - Jalan Jelutong - Jalan Bakau - Jelutong Expressway - Jalan Magazine - Komtar .

This route misses 2 major drop off point, Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal and Batu Lancang Pasar.

All in all, I am satisfied with the Rapid Penang bus service, considering most of Penangites were taken for a ride by previous public bus transport services for far too long.
However said, Rapid Penang still has alot of gaps to close, particularly on time table and informative route maps,

There is no need to pay big money to hire 'Con'sultants to do that job, Rapid Penang project managers just have to point to these 2 websites for more information.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You are going to see more of these by 1 August 2007

These buses will soon be seen running around the inner city of Penang.

And guess which company supplied em ?