Fuel Price – the week that was

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When RON 95 price went up, some politicians says that recent (did not qualify how long) oil price has increased. I kind of beg to differ.

Of the recent weeks, Price increased was sparked by incident in Syria and that was only for a couple of days. The market has normalised. What surprised me was the announcement by our PM on 18 April when the crude price was at the lowest point in the year, he made an announcement that the government has increased the fuel subsidies by 10%. With the price difference, it is now at a deviation of 8.36% from the announced increased. The referred post on 1malaysia.com.my (has sinced been removed) .

However, back then, our fuel subsidy for budget 2013 was at 20b.  However, in the recent announcement, it was said “The government spends RM24b subsidising fuel every year, Abdul Wahid said. – Bernama”

This contradicts news report couple of years back when subsidies was only 15.9b. That itself was an increase of 50% from 9.5b

Let’s do the math. How many litre of fuel did we used in a year?

Based on the amount subsidised, we uses 26,498,829,039.81 Litres

Assuming that on average, each car uses median of 1500 litres a year, The total number of vehicles are 17.8m; or a mean of 973 litre per year for 27.2m vehicles. However, I don’t think that all these cars are on the road as we only have a population of 29.8m. Taking away the 5.5m of children under legal driving age, those not driving and those car that is sitting inside a showroom or storage yard, etc. The number don’t quite add up yet. If we calculated based on the total number of vehicles in Malaysia, that could mean that we have 21.25m vehicle and would consumed average of 100 litres a month.Wait, what about motorcycle? Do they use 100 litre a month?

*Assumption that all are cars and uses diesel.

Halting everything

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When one reached the end of his life, can he looked back and smiled to the world? When one has tasted all the good food in the world, can he brings these memory on when heaven awaits?

Life is but a fragile bottle, tough at time, crisp at other. Life is but a book in writing, pen it down with every breathe. Life is more than just sleep, wake up, eat, moving around and resting around. Death has power to stop all these, death is the might, death constrains life. Death ends life,

But to all believers who knew that there is a regenerated life, they live on with a life that surpasses death. Death is the end, life is the beginning. Let us begins life and leave death alone.

1malaysia call center. Beef or cow?

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I was trying to call a federal government department to ask about some taxing question, it seems that all federal gov incoming line is now routed to 1malaysia call center.

I think the IT infrastructure they are using are inadequately designed whereby all calls (VOIP) was sent to a room of sort and there are plenty of untrained staff (including team leader) who has zero customer service skill.

Most of them could not converse in English properly. Their reply are like kindergarten kids talking to adults. The grammar was in BM with words constructs in the English language.

As mentioned earlier, I was trying to call one department, but I have to make 6 phone calls just to get through. Call that has been transferred to the department was sent to the wrong officer.

If they don’t improve their customer service skill, this call center is going to be political agenda come next general election.

The makan scene in Kuching

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I have met a lot of food operator since I have step back into the food scene in 2010. What I’ve seen can be categorically arranged into a few behavioral group. I’m not gonna touch on the good ones as they have earned our commendations and appreciations. What i’m going to touch which is in relations to some of the posting here last couple of weeks.

Change keeper – I came about knowing some of the stalls here in Kuching, when you pay them with larger nots, it will take a donkey-year for them to come back with it.

Price shocker – These are those who shock you with the price tag, especially those who conveniently forgotten to ask for price when order. E. g. Ordered bake prawn for a table of 10 and came a plate of baked udang galah at a price tag of RM 420 for that dish.

Order changer – These are the ones who change your order to a “pimp-up” meal. E. g. When you order “kolomee satu” and was served “Kolomee special” instead, or when you order “sugar cane – biasa” and comes “sugar cane besar”

Sendiwara type – These are the one who likes to play acting. E. g. When you walked in, he took your orders and 1 hours later, come back and say “tauke, sorry, habis liaw”

Stingy type – e. g. one lump of kolomee from the supplier is weighing in at 170-180g. Some will halved them and make into two. Also the char sio on the kolomee, set the thickness aside, some put 3 pieces, some 4, some accidentally put 5 and then remove one or two. Another must add example, if you buy bbq chicken, insist that you want to potong them yourself. Twice i have paid for the whole bird and when I’ve reached home, only to find half a bird.

Cuckoo type – no need much explanation. E. g. Look for the long long threads in this group to find out who are they. One of their trades is that they have the “boh jin su” attitude and when food critics complains, instead of sorry, they will come up with their explanations after explanations i. Multitudes of lingo, terms and expressions they played. They forgot that the tongue that is going to taste their food is their, but those of their customers.

I do know that with the turn of our economy been not economical any more, a lot of the food operator have to reduced the material and ingredient used in food or hike the price. Most people wouldn’t mind paying more only if the food is good. So my take is that we need to push the demands up do that the volume speaks profit for the to justify the discount rendered in price and not otherwise which the discount will ride with the food.

Happy Makan and enjoy the iftar later.

Sarawak Blackout – A cascading failure.

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The whole state of Sarawak plunges into a state of total darkness yesterday. On first instance, we could see activity on Social Media asking if there is a major power failure or not. This follows by scattered info in when the power will come back and at the 3rd hour, some cursing and ranting has go one on Social Media. By midnight, all the fingerpointings starts.

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