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

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?
Corruption is 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.)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Free or cheap parking fees are definitely most welcome by the public

I believe many hypermarkets like Tesco and Aeon have taken this into account when they design their outlets. Many shoppers would rather go to one with free or cheap parking so that they can shop to their hearts' content. It is more pleasurable without having to worry about having to pay more if you stayed longer.
It is surprising how parking fees can have such huge impact on people. I have seen people driving expensive cars like Merc and BMW avoiding parking charges by parking illegally, which sometimes could turn out much more expensive when given tickets or when their cars were towed away. Some double-park or inconsiderately park and block other cars which are properly parked.

Personally, while travelling along the old trunk road (from Slim River  back to Batu Gajah) instead of North-South Expressway, I thought of stopping for a while at Bidor or Kampar. But the thought of having to look for a shop which sells the local parking coupon and then having to scratch it (have to be careful too, having made mistakes like scratching the wrong year, month or date), made me decide not to stop. Certainly it was not because of the parking fee which is only 40 sen an hour! But I also had wasted unused coupons which were out of date or usable ones but left them in another car.

I used to wonder whether it is actually viable for small towns to print their own coupons and having to pay salaries to attendants and enforcement personnel. Many local people are known not to pay until the enforcement man comes along and most times, they are given chance to use their coupons.
I am glad when I read the following report about how the local shoppers flock to a town in UK when their parking machines were out of order! This is reassuring to me because I am not the only cheapskate where this is concerned, and that the dislike of having to pay parking charges is universal...

Surprise surprise! West Wales town where all the parking meters have been out of action for a month sees shopping boom
All four ticket machines vandalised in Cardigan's main car parks last month
Council struggling to find £22k repair bill and now running without meters
Led to surge in visitors to town centre, with store owners' sales up by 50%
Traders say situation has led to a 'level playing field' where shoppers are far more relaxed

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We can also understand, in our local Malaysian context, why motorists hate 'jaga keretas' so much. Normally, at popular sites, they would come in during free hours which prevent us from enjoying some free parking. But some are more daring, like those near Lou Wong (famous for ngah choi kai) in Ipoh, where they even operate during official parking hours! They would use their coupon (if and when necessary) and their charges are likely to be more than the official rate. Most people would not dare to upset them because of the fear that they might scratch the car paint or puncture the tyres.


Anonymous said...

Yes free parking does wonder to increased patronage especially supermarkets. It's is not exactly free but factored into your shopping bill as you are required to patronize their outlet in exchange for free parking. As for expensive cars avoiding to pay parking, it reminded me of a similar observation in Petaling Jaya. There was this roadside nasi lemak stall in Petaling Jaya. Each morning one would see scores of expensive cars at this stall. Wow, passerbys assume that the nasi lemak must be out of this world to attract such wealthy customers to sit at some dusty roadside stall. Well as one curious guy found out when he ate there, the customers were just the chauffeurs who made a beeline for this stall after dropping off the boss kids to school. It was a gathering of chauffeurs rather than the car owners. So in parking, the boss might have given the chauffeurs money for parking but they might want to keep the money for themselves, hence, illegal parking. You can see this happening at KLIA arrival entrance.

KoSong Cafe said...

When I commented about the expensive cars illegally parking, I was thinking of those who were obviously car owners in coffee shops, who double-parked and when honked at, would come out usually without even an apology. Chauffeurs in the car waiting for their bosses is ok. As for illegal parking along road before KLIA entrance, sometimes it makes sense where it is only for a few minutes because they are not allowed to wait too long. I used to wait for phone call at Petronas station, which takes a few minutes to reach.