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.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Penang's new second bridge seems like a bridge of no return

It was a straight forward drive using the new bridge to get to the newly upgraded Penang Airport, though it seemed like going through a stretch of unseemly roads through the quiet industrial estate (on a Sunday) in Bayan Lepas.

We were almost 2 hours too early (Cheng having checked in online) when we reached the airport at 4.00 pm, and she wanted to buy some Penang biscuits for her colleagues in ILO in Bangkok. Initially, wanted to go to Georgetown to get those, but didn't want to get caught in traffic jam. Then we thought of Sunshine Square in Bukit Jambul but ended up in Relau instead! Saw a stall selling durians, mangosteens and rambutans and we decided to stop and eat because Cheng had been lamenting about the poor taste of Thai durians. Tried to look for Tambun biscuits in convenience store and an Indian customer advised to try the cake shop nearby. But as expected, they do not sell those except their own cakes. We decided that surely we can find them in Penang airport.

We had not been to the newly upgraded airport since many years ago, when Cheng as a young student, was so excited when she spotted Lim Kit Siang at the old one. This time, I joked that we might find him again since his son is now CM of Penang. We actually found a shop called Penang Delights, selling local biscuits. Just before paying, Cheng showed me the address shown on the box and it was actually made in Taiping, Perak Darul Ridzuan! Anyway, on my way to the toilet, and who I saw but CM, YAB Lim Guan Eng! I tried looking for the likely place where he came from, and I presumed, he just came out of the VIP Lounge, probably having just sent off somebody (LKS? I wonder).

After making sure Cheng's flight was shown on the Departure board, we decided to leave. We were expecting BK's family in Batu Gajah, after their holiday in Camerons.

After a short drive from airport carpark, we reached the partial roundabout and decided to take the road straight ahead, where we came from (Relau) an hour ago. To turn left, was to Batu Maung, which later we were to regret for not trying it. We realised the Relau way wasn't the way we came from the new bridge, and we tried the last option. We were quite happy, when we found some familiar names along the way, thinking we were right at retracing the route back to the bridge. But it was incredible that there was not a single sign to the new bridge and we were led on to the road leading to the old bridge!

So it was, on our first time using the new bridge to get to the airport and happy with the savings in travelling distance and time, we felt a sense of failure for not being able to retrace our way back! Since we were already near the road leading to the old bridge, we decided to take the old route back. This must have been the worst case of sign-posting on our local roads and I hope the relevant authorities would ensure proper signs at the right places be erected.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. Not only in Penang but everywhere in major cities in Malaysia, there are always post/road signs that lead to nowhere. Even one can get lost, using GPS road map.