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Go-KL vs Teksi

I feel like I have to write something w.r.t. the issue above. A couple of days ago, a group of taxi drivers staged a protest in front of Pavilion at Jalan Bukit Bintang; to protest against the intimidation by SPAD officers, and against the Go-KL City buses. They claimed that SPAD officers were targeting them unfairly for minor infringements, and the free Go-KL City Bus service are affecting their livelihood.

In my opinion, what the taxi drivers claimed are not totally baseless, but their reasoning is quite pathetic. SPAD had rightly performed its duty to issue summons to renegade taxis. There were too many complaints about taxis and its drivers. I support SPAD in clamping down the errant taxis.

I also believe that taxi drivers are having a hard time earning good wages. However, Go-KL City buses are not the one to be blamed.  With over 37,000 taxi permits issued in Klang Valley (according to a Malay Mail article in 2011), no wonder the drivers are having a hard time finding customers. LPKP (SPAD’s predecessor) should be held accountable for the way the issuance of taxi permits are not controlled.

How many taxi trips per day do people in Klang Valley make? What is the average distance they take on taxis? What are the average charges for each trip? Which areas of Klang Valley have the most taxi trips? Which points of starting and destination are the most frequent? What are the demographics of the passengers of taxis? How much does each taxi driver make per day? Has the demand of taxis exceeded the supply of taxis?

Has LPKP or SPAD done any of these studies? How do they use the results of the studies to decide the best policy for taxis? I think they haven’t done any, because if they had, there wouldn’t be 37,000 taxis permits issued by the agency.

I am grateful that SPAD introduce the Go-KL City bus service, but not because it is free. I am grateful because I know now, I can move around downtown KL by bus, without waiting more than 10 minutes for a bus. That is a convenience I like about the SPAD’s new initiative.

I have never liked taking a taxi. I rather take a bus, ride the LRT/Monorel or ride my bicycle to downtown KL. There are too many horror stories about our taxis service. Someone high up in the government still could claim that the taxi drivers are our ambassadors to the tourists. I shudder just thinking about it.

The only good thing that has come out of this protest is that Go-KL City Bus gets a boost in popularity. Now, everyone in Klang Valley knows there is a free bus service called Go-KL City Bus. And my blog also have higher page impressions the past 3 days because many people are googling for “Go-KL”. Cheers!

Read and decide for yourselves.

http://www.cbt.com.my/2012/10/07/analysis-authority-and-kl-cabbies-siege-mentality/

http://www.cbt.com.my/2012/10/02/cabbies-protest-in-bukit-bintang/

http://www.cbt.com.my/2012/10/03/cancel-all-of-my-outstanding-summonses/

Star Metro: Locals and tourists find GOKL service prompt and convenient

FMT: System, not cabbies to blame

FMT: No support for cabbie protest

MD: SPAD to Look Into Taxi Woes in Bukit Bintang

KL is the BEST! (image from the Star)

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Bikeradar: Best messenger bags

Ever wonder if you’d like to buy a messenger bag for your bike? Take these few advices.

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/best-messenger-bags-33053

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Abus Dryve £99.99

“Lots of us carry bags when we’re cycling, whether we’re riding to the office with our laptop, out for a long day’s ride or just carrying emergency spares – phone, mobile, a bit of food and drink and a change of clothing.

Panniers, seatpost-mounted bags and rucksacks are an option, especially for longer rides and heavier loads, but the simple sling-type bag used by cycle couriers across the world is a good bet for shorter journeys and urban commutes.

They have plenty of space for laptops and files, look businesslike in the office, you can access their contents quickly without taking them off, and because they don’t cover the whole of your back, there’s less sweat build-up than with a rucksack.”

 

“What to look for in a messenger bag

Capacity

How much volume do you need? When choosing a bag, work out beforehand what you’ll usually be carrying and add a little extra capacity for emergencies. But the shape is just as important as the overall volume, especially if you’re carrying a laptop.

Straps

Messenger bags usually have a single shoulder strap plus a waist strap for stability on the bike. In general, wider straps are more comfortable. Try before you buy, though, to check that they’re comfortable for your particular shape.

Weather resistance

Most messenger bags have weatherproofing built in that should keep your belongings dry in showers. Some have rolldown tops while others are made of entirely waterproof materials.

Laptops

Some messenger bags have sleeves specifically designed for laptops, so it’s a good idea to take your laptop with you when buying your bag, not only to ensure that your computer fits but also that it’s comfortable for you to carry.

Visibility

A messenger bag that looks businesslike in the office may not be as good at night on the bike. Reflective patches and piping will improve your safety.

Organisation

Bags range from single pocket designs to those with separate sections for computer, paperwork, mobile or MP3 player – sometimes on the strap for swift access. Again, work out what your specific needs are before parting with your cash.

This feature is based on an article that was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine”

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@myrapidkl, you need to do better than that

I tweeted the following after I was frustrated at waiting for the bus #U30. What followed was their reply.

 

@chanjerping: @myrapidkl what happened 2 your grand plan with GPS tracking? I waited 40+mins for U30 friday evening. @transitmy wp.me/p1gSeV-sQ

@myrapidkl: @chanjerping @transitmy Heavy rain & lightning around KL on Friday evening has caused the delays of U30. Bus allocation for U30 are normal.

 

As we all know, since early this year, @myrapidkl was announcing to the world that they were installing GPS devices on all their buses. When that was completed, they introduced the Touch N’ Go rabbitcard. Users will just need to “BIT” on entry and “BIT” on exit. GPS will calculate the amount to be deducted.

They also claimed that GPS will help them to manage their buses better in terms of punctuality. Read here:

Shahril Mokhtar of Prasarana’s Group Managing Director announced via twitter that “RapidKL will have its own Fleet Tracking System (GPS) this year. Announcement will be made soon.”   (16 Jan 2011)

And then, when there are problems (complaints or criticism – whichever you like) reported by commuters (in this case, me), the reply provided was so unsatisfactory. If heavy rain and lightning around KL could cause delay, and you couldn’t do anything to improve it, then why the hell did you spent million to install those GPS devices in the first place? If the technology invested doesn’t help you a bit, why did you pay for it? Do you have the personnel and expertise to run your GPS-enabled Fleet Management System?

If this is your standard answer to the delays every time it rains (with lightning), then we have a problem. In Malaysia, it rains almost every other day.

And I still have not seen the individual bus schedule. It has been almost a year now.

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Down with Sickness

I am totally washed out for this weekend. I am down with sore throat, lips ulcer, fever, flu and cough. Went to see the doctor today. These are what she prescribed:

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Fibre Optic Broadband Comparison (MY vs SG)

Let’s make a comparison of the fiber optic broadband between Singapore and Malaysia.

Malaysia has Unifi. Singapore has Singnet and Starhub (maybe others too).

Malaysia

The top end package for Unifi consumers is VIP20 which costs RM249 per month. It boasts download and upload speed of up to 20Mbps. Then, they have the VIP10 (RM199) and VP5 (RM149). Does these prices include the 6% Service Tax?

Singapore

Singnet: The top consumer package is the eXcite Home 200 plan that costs S$109.90 per month (RM269), with download and upload speeds of up to 200Mbps and 100Mbps. I cannot find an equivalent package that compare the 20Mbps speed with any SingNet’s because the minimum speed for all plans is 50Mbps and 25Mbps (which is S$64.90 per month).

StarHub: there are so many plans here that it is spinning my head around.The top-of-the-line package is MaxInfinity Platinum Plus at S$158.36 per month (RM387) with speeds of up to 200Mbps (download) and 100Mbps (upload). This package also comes with free mobile broadband (2Mbps). The package that comes close to Unifi’s specs is MaxInfinity Premium Plus at S$81.32 per month (RM199), which offers speeds of up to 50Mbps and 25Mbps.

Don’t you think that the prices of Internet access in Malaysia are very over-priced? It is ridiculous and outrageous!

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