Friday, February 27, 2009


"Kerusi" in Malay mean chair or seat in English.
Remember when I wrote the last story of the Olympian that never made it to the Olympic Game.
I just realise there is another unanswered question. It is understandable rushing for seats when everybody beat each other to get in into the train. There are seats to be fighting for. Rushing out from the train? There is no seat to fight for.
I suppose it is already a habit for Malaysian. What was the ritual?
Low cost carrier?
When LC was introduced into the country aviation industry, the first unique but un called for rule was free seating!
Day in and day out when you are flying the LCC you will have to rush for seats.
Today it become the issue nationwide. Especially since the last general election. From Parliamentary seats to state assembly seats. Next? nobody knows what seats.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Malaysian - the Olympian?

I would like to share this short observation that I have last week. For this I would like to defer my followup story on the previous posting to the next posting.

I was taking the Express Rail Link from Bandar Salak Tinggi to KL Central, on my way to Kuala Lumpur.
I arrived at the station about 15 minutes early or rather 15 minutes late, as I was supposedly to take the earlier train. These train operates every 30 minutes.
Being early and it is at 08:00 hours, I would expect big crowd of office workers. So I decided to take my spot at about the normal place one of the train door would open.
I was alone. Then one after another of these office workers appears and took their place next to mine. Interestingly as my spot seem to be the one most accurately located at the door point, people next to me begin to make a move to displace me. For the first time I see a person pretending reading a newspaper begin to crab - side walk towards me and slowly pushing me away from my original point.
Then at 07: 53 the train arrived. The train stopped and doors opened. To my surprise there were so many Olympian from Salak Tinggi. Every body jump forward to make their body touch the finish line first.
Arriving KL Central I have to connect my travel using the Mono Rail Service. The same phenomenon occurs. I met more and more the Malaysian Olympian.

I reflected the same scenario on the road, at the supermarket and even when leaving the mosque.
My question is why it is so difficult for us Malaysian to win even a single Olympics Gold Medal if we have so many Olympian every where in the country. Where is our great formula 1 driver that has been showing off on our road?
My conclusion is that our Olympian do not have sporting spirit!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This is my first day log on the subject. Welcome to my blog.
I just want to relate today's log to my vacation early this year.
My investment on time sharing holiday in 1995 has allowed me to booked a room for my family at one of the resort in Langkawi Island, a holiday island destination in Malaysia. It offers holiday facilities and activities coupled with duty free shopping opportunity.
As I did not manage to pre-plan my transportation there, I have to take whatever was available. I ended up taking a train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. A twelve hours journey that cost me RM 68 per person in the first class cabin.
Departing Kuala Lumpur central station at 12:30 am. The original departure time was supposed be at 10:30pm. There was a creeping delay that kept us waiting.
The train did manage to catch up with the time when we arrived at Butterworth at 08:30 am. Avoiding illegal taxi, managed to get into a bus leaving for Arau in Perlis. This trip cost me RM 13.50.
Arriving after two haour ride, we took taxi to the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal at a cost of RM 13 per taxi. It took us about 20 minutes taxi ride.

We have to wait for 3o minutes before able to take the ferry ride across to the Island. The ferry ride took 45 minutes and cost me RM 18 per person.

All in all it cost me RM 112.50 to reach the ferry terminal at Langkawi.

Prior to my trip, my evaluation of various airlines fares were as follows;
Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by Malaysia Airlines : one way trip at RM 379.
Air Asia is offering a fare of RM 127.50 one way.
Subang to Langkawi by Firefly at RM 250 per person.

It is still cheaper to travel by road and rail as compared to even the Malaysian only low cost carrier.
Is the fare charged by the airlines in Malaysia justifiable? Is there a monopoly in the Malaysian air transportation market?
I leave it to you to comment and share your thought or experience.

I will share with you my experience in my last trip on Air Asia from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur.
Have a good day.