How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Friday, May 02, 2014

A bit on car parking charges and people's reluctance to pay

Parking charges can be an important factor for most people, rich or poor, judging by the marque of cars seen double-parked, or parked in places very obviously to avoid paying them.

Supermarkets wise to such consumers' preference, like Tesco or Aeon, would try their best to provide free parking spaces (usually in smaller towns) or charge nominal fees to attract shoppers. Some shoppers get free parking for limited hour(s) if they bought a certain minimum sum.

In smaller towns like Batu Gajah, where there are parking spaces provided which incur charges by way of coupons, motorists would avoid them wherever possible, even though it costs only 30 sen per half hour! For those who parked without displaying coupon, they are fined at least Rm10. But still, regular motorists (especially shopkeepers or stall operators) are likely to play cat and mouse with the enforcement officers.  Some officers who know them allow them chance to display after their arrival.
But the point is that though the amount is small (compared with those charges in KL or PJ), it is amazing how people can afford expensive cars but are unwilling to pay parking charges. In Klang valley, most motorists would consider themselves lucky to find a proper parking space (almost like striking a lottery) and more than willing to pay the charges. It is a case of when we are forced to, we would be willing to pay, especially when we are in the company of friends. Surely, we do not want to appear calculative over small amount when we are prepared to treat them proper meals.

While the alternative of paying expensive parking rates in KL or PJ is to call a taxi or use the LRT/Monorail/Kommuter, how we wish it is as simple as comparing the amounts to be spent on train or taxi fares and using own car and paying parking charges. A friend who spent a couple of days in his daughter's house in Putra Heights, found to his dismay, the difficulty in calling for a taxi when he was in Paradigm Mall, off LDP. When found one, it costed him almost Rm30 to get home! There was no alternative public transport for the route. I suppose when the LRT station in Putra Heights is ready, it would be most welcome.

Anyway, Joshua Ong had done a wonderful survey and comparison on expensive parking charges in central KL...

https://my.news.yahoo.com/most-expensive-mall-parking-rates-klang-valley-025122221.html
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