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, June 08, 2015

Penang road signage: Penang for Penang Lang only?

I had problems before when trying to find our way back to the Second Bridge from city centre. It was fairly straightforward entering Penang island but the return journey (without proper road signage) seems suitable for Penangites only. It was like a big WELCOME but if you want to leave, sorry loh, you have to learn how to find your way back. Anyway, for visiting our usual places of interest (like Chulia Street), it is still best to use the old bridge.

I had been to the old KTM Butterworth railway station a few times, but last Friday, it was only my second visit to the new station. Both times, I lost my way!

While on the highway (after paying the NSE toll), it is easy to find the slip road to Perai and Butterworth. Then it also seems easy with an overhead sign which has an arrow showing to the railway station... but after that, you are left on your own to guess your way to it! If you are new, or like me with poor memory, you have a 50% chance of getting it right (if 2 directions) or 33% chance if you have to decide whether to turn left, go straight or turn right.

The first time, I took a wrong turn and had to ask a Petron cashier who directed me to go through the toll gate. Despite knowing this,  this time I turned off too soon and drove onto a slip-road into a housing estate. After a couple of dead ends, I found my way out, did a u-turn to get back, but was on the wrong side of the road. Normally to get to the other side, one has to find a slip-road on the left and go up or down, but since there was only an overhead pedestrian crossing, I tried to keep to the right and was relieved to find I could do a u-turn.

KTM Butterworth railway station is still spanking new, yet the car park was full and cars can be seen illegally parking on both sides of the road leading to the entrance, almost making it one lane. Obviously, insufficient parking spaces and this is the time when we wonder if introducing parking charges would ease the problem, not that I like it.

The driveway was closed to traffic, probably to avoid people from parking. But this has caused inconvenience to every vehicle entering, and having to reverse within narrow spaces.

What's the point of a driveway if it's blocked to prevent use? This is at the new KTM Butterworth station. The road leading to it was double-parked and reduced to one lane if a van or pickup truck. Even the free shuttle van has to do 3-point turns to leave.

This shuttle van driver knew better by driving the wrong way but using the driveway. He managed to drive through between the plastic blocks shown in my earlier photo.

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