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Saturday, December 30, 2006
Reinventing the Trishaw
Georgetown, Penang-29 Dec 2006 - There is talk about rebranding the trishaw in Penang; and there are only 130 penarik beca or trishawmen left in Penang and their average age is 60 ... gosh. These are the proposed steps towards the rebranding:

  • Free haircut by professional stylists. Thirty-six trishawmen had their haircut at an open area beside the Town Hall in Jalan Padang Kota Lama here yesterday.
  • Providing them free T-shirts, shoes and umbrellas.
  • A six-hour course will be organised next month to teach them business ethics, hospitality and interaction with tourists.
  • A double-storey building in Jalan Kampung Kaka would be converted into a trishaw centre or Balai Beca. Balai Beca is expected to be ready in two weeks and will house a mini museum on trishaws, a workshop to make and repair trishaws and a clubhouse for trishawmen.
Goodness gracious me .. who's the consultant? This is going to rebrand the beca? My god .. a free haircut? - most of them don't have hair anymore!! and a six-hour course to 50-60 year olds!! They will fall asleep after 10 minutes!! Aiyaa ... Have you seen the state of the trishaws? It is more of a relic. This is what needs to be done, and I am not charging anything for the tips;
  • Redesign the whole trishaw into a more modern piece
  • Place a brochure holder on the trishaw for tourists
  • Solar panels on the trishaw for a fan and a small cooler box to supply cold drinks to customer while on the ride
  • Stereo system on the trishaw for music while on the trishaw
  • Small motorise mechanism for uphill locations
  • Younger pullers, say 35-year old
  • Proper attire with tie (even English dustmen wear ties while sweeping the road)
  • Design city routes for benefit of tourist with fare rates
  • Severeal 'stations' all around the routes (just like the tube station)
  • Take digital shot and print for tourist (optional)
  • Guest book on board the trishaw for guests
  • Tips are acceptable
  • Prepare print-out of history of interesting sites along the routes
  • Give receipt to customers (picked up along the way)
  • Basic salary to each puller
  • Generate revenue for them by placing advertiseents on the trishaws
'nuff said. Aiyaa, tak tau lah .. see if this works ..

posted by Rozhan @ 12/30/2006 01:27:00 AM   0 comments
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Time to help fellow Malaysians ...
23rd December 2006 (NST Online) - KUALA LUMPUR: Over 62,000 flood victims have been evacuated in Johor so far. Thousands of flood evacuees in the state’s relief centres, cut off from land transport, are running out of essential supplies. Hmmm .. the images of Katrina is right at our own doorstep .. and no matter what you call the storm the effects are the same. Now is the time to assist fellow Malaysians in their hour of need. And it is not difficult to encourage this .. just imagine yourself in their shoes ...

The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd has set up a fund to help flood victims in the southern peninsula. Donations via cheque, bank draft or postal order made out to 'NSTP Flood Victims Assistance Fund' (Tabung Bantuan Mangsa Banjir NSTP) can be sent to: The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, c/o Finance Department, 5th Floor, Balai Berita, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur (Attention: Ms Aidah Nordin). Kindly write on the back of the cheque donor’s name, address and contact number. Donations to the fund can also be made at NSTP branches in Johor Baru, Klang, Alor Star, Batu Pahat, Ipoh, Kota Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Malacca, Muar, Penang and Seremban, or its regional printing plants in Shah Alam, Prai, Senai and Ajil.

posted by Rozhan @ 12/24/2006 12:31:00 AM   1 comments
Friday, December 22, 2006
Confused .. Konfius Man ..
Hmmm .. I have yet to see this movie .. I always support local movies and buy original CDs too .. good pricing anyway. The movie was released on December 7th, 2006 and did very well at the box ofice. But must we confuse ourselves with the title .. a bit of a 'rojak' there. Was that absolutely necessary? Cicak is a Malay word and Man is an English word. Put together and it makes no sense!! Unless one intended to say Man Cicak, like Man Laksa ... but the language mix will confuse the younger generation. Why can't it be a totally Malay title?, such as Man Cicak, or Wira Cicak, Orang Cicak (like the Orang Minyak fame), or PangliCak (Panglima Cicak), or PahlaCak (Pahlawan Cicak). What about Manusia Cicak (like the Human Fly), or Jejak Cicak or ANYTHING ORIGINAL .. it can be weird, who cares ... but original .. aiyaaa... tak tau lah ..

posted by Rozhan @ 12/22/2006 01:41:00 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
13th King of Malaysia
Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Sultan Mahmud of Terengganu yesterday took the oath of office as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a ceremony steeped in tradition at the Istana Negara on December 13th, 2006. Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah also took the oath of office as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Both the sultans were elected the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong at a special meeting, the 208th, of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on Nov 3 for five years beginning yesterday.

Constitutionally, the position of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is rotated every five years among the traditional Malay Rulers of nine states. The King has largely ceremonial duties and acts on the advice of the Cabinet.

The ceremony yesterday began at 11.50am with the 209th Conference of Rulers in conjunction with the oath-taking ceremony and the signing of the instruments of appointment. The meeting, chaired by Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak at the Throne Room, began with a doa selamat by the acting Imam Besar of Masjid Negara, Abdul Rahman Yusof.

The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Engku Datuk Ibrahim Engku Ngah, presented the instrument of oath to Sultan Mizan, 44, who then took the oath of office and also signed the instrument of appointment. Sultan Ismail Petra of Kelantan and Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah of Selangor signed as witnesses.

This was followed by the taking of the oath and signing of the instrument of appointment by the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdul Halim. Again the Sultan of Kelantan and Sultan of Selangor signed as witnesses.

After the meeting of the Conference of Rulers adjourned, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi read out the declaration that Sultan Mizan had been sworn in as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong with Sultan Abdul Halim as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The ceremony which was broadcast live by Radio Televisyen Malaysia, ended with the recital of a doa by Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Wan Zahidi Wan Teh.

All nine Malay Rulers or their representatives and the four Yang di-Pertua Negeri attended the ceremony. Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, menteris besar, Cabinet members, Members of the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, and senior government officers. This full coverage was from NST Online. Pictures from Berita Harian Online.

posted by Rozhan @ 12/19/2006 02:00:00 AM   0 comments
It can be done ...
Ruqaya Al Ghasara of Bahrain (2nd R) No 2013 celebrates winning the women’s 200m against Susanthika J. Mannalage (R) of Sri Lanka, Han Ling (2nd L) of China, and Guzel Khubbieva (L) No 2502 of Uzbekistan. She could habe won the 100m too had she had a better start. She should be winning in the future if given the chance to compete ... get the kick off the block improved!! A big THANK YOU to Ruqaya for proving to the world that a bit of covering on the head did not skew aerodynamics too much.

And THANK YOU QATAR: They put on the best Asian Games ever, the biggest Asian Games ever, the most widely reported Asian Games ever, the highest standard of Asian Games in terms of both sporting achievement and planning ever – and they even won some medals too. Qatar’s success on the field amazed everyone and leaves a legacy for the whole country and the wider Middle East. The 15th Asian Games was not just about putting Doha on the map in a sporting sense, but Qatar acted as flag bearer for the whole of the region. Never before had a Middle Eastern country and region staged anything on this scale. Now Qatar has done it, others will follow. From the 15th Asian games in 2006, we look forward to the 16th Asian Games that will be held in Guangzhou, CHINA in 2010, inshaallah ....

posted by Rozhan @ 12/19/2006 01:04:00 AM   0 comments
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