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Sentinel
09-01-2011, 12:14 AM
Why is it like this ah? Can someone please explain this to me....

Yesterday 7/1/11 at Changi Airport Terminal 1

I took the 9.25 am Jetstar flight from Bayan Lepas Airport to Changi in Singapura-pura. On arrival, I walked out of the immigration & customs in a brisk and within 50 metres, was already standing 3rd in oline for a cab. There are at least 30-40 cabs in sight lining up, almost all brand new Hyundai Sonata (the bright blue ones), Nissan Cedric (the yellow ones) and Toyota Crowns (the light blue Comfort). I jumped into one in less than 2 minutes and it was an almost brand new Hyundai Sonata, with clean and comfortable seats. My fare from Terminal 1 to Holiday Inn Orchard Centre located on Cavenagh Road (right behind Centrepoint and next to Starhub Building) was SGD16.30 plus SGD3 surcharge = SGD19.30 (or RM46.32).

New cab, comfortable and only RM46.32...

Today 8/1/11 at Bayan Lepas Airport Penang

I returned back to Penang vide the 3.05 pm Jetstar flight. The darn passport reader could not work properly and so I had to line up again at the back of a long queue about 7-8 people long.

I had to queue again to buy a coupon to take a taxi back to my place at Batu Ferringhi which is about the same distance of Changi-Holiday Inn Orchard except I don't have CBD to go though to pay extra charges.

The coupon cost me RM75 and then I have to wait in the warm place outside the airport terminal for a taxi. Then came an old Nissan Laurel, probably 10 - 15 years old because the last production of a Nissan Laurel was that long ago. From the sound of the engine, I know its not the original engine of a Laurel because the Laurel is a 6-cylinder engine and this one sounds more like a tractor. Air-cond wasn't running properly and I do not think I want to mention the condition of the interior.

To be sure, I look at my coupon again - it says Perkhidmatan LIMOSIN! The absorbers weren't working properly and the ride home was one rough ride. Not to mention DANGEROUS!

Now tell me, why are Malaysians (and tourists to Malaysia) paying so much more in taxi service when our petrol and diesel are supposedly the cheapest in the region and our road tax is also at a low rate compared to Singapore?

What has that fat lady in a cheongsam with the collar a wee bit too tight touring the world to learn tourism (is she a Tourism Minister or a Touring Minister?) got to say about this? She's MCA, right?

Or perhaps the Minister of Transport, what has he got to say? He is MCA, right?

Can someone please explain to me, I am a blur sotong here, why are we subjected to such abuses and we still just continue to vote the same people back into the government? Puhlissssss.... explain to me.... :mad:

silver_bird
09-01-2011, 08:00 AM
Sentinel: Why is it like this ah? Can someone please explain this to me....

Answer :You are in Bolehland where "incredible" is "possible". Do us a favour and submit these grievances to "Letter to Editor".

isarahim
09-01-2011, 08:08 AM
Due to 53 years, on the 54th.

trex92
09-01-2011, 08:46 AM
I've taken taxis in bangkok, batam, jakarta, singapore, shanghai, ho chi minh and the WORST taxis are the ones in Malaysia! No receipt system, haggling and freaking expensive!!!

It's all due to the monopoly system like for KLIA taxis, each taxi have to pay certain amount for each coupon which is sold by a company monopolising the sale and at least for KLIA taxi, the drivers can't own the car outright and have to rent it from the same company for something like RM300 per day!!

fonzie
09-01-2011, 11:04 AM
Perception is everything in politics...
Enough is enough...!
There are very few honest people in politics...!
Just get it right the next GE....

Cheers!

patrick
09-01-2011, 12:04 PM
I've taken taxis in bangkok, batam, jakarta, singapore, shanghai, ho chi minh and the WORST taxis are the ones in Malaysia! No receipt system, haggling and freaking expensive!!!

It's all due to the monopoly system like for KLIA taxis, each taxi have to pay certain amount for each coupon which is sold by a company monopolising the sale and at least for KLIA taxi, the drivers can't own the car outright and have to rent it from the same company for something like RM300 per day!!

Even in less developed places like yogyakarta, siem reap, vientiane, udon thani, hanoi etc etc the taxis are better than us in everyway, including system, quality, service and value.

chewie
10-01-2011, 12:12 AM
one word describe all.... monopoly....

before we have taxi like opel gemeni, datsun 120y, nissan sunny...suddenly rule change, all MUST use Proton cars.... then now slowly open to Naza...then to those who can afford, nissan or toyota...

look at the installment plan, rm3000 downpayment and daily rental of rm45-50 for 5 years...

lets take rm50 perday x 365 days x 5 years = RM91250...not to forget the repair works of the car, the servicing, car tyre and etc...all easily is above rm100000 for 5 years...and this is only proton saga car.... what about other type of car i.e. toyota, nissan, naza or even perdana.... i believe the cost is even more...

Sentinel
10-01-2011, 12:48 AM
Yes Chewie, I fully agree with your reasoning. Its the blardy monopoly and granting the sole rights to operate taxis/limousines from the airport to some cronies. If they open this up, the price would definitely drop! And because taxis sending passengers to airports can pick up passengers back, we pay half the price.

Or if they allow taxi drivers to own their own permits and own taxis...

Or if they open up taxi permit issuance to bids / open tenders from all taxi associations / cab companies like Singapura-pura.

Question: You think the fellas at Putrajaya got the political will to change this?

bslee
10-01-2011, 12:54 AM
Question: You think the fellas at Putrajaya got the political will to change this?

As long as this regime remains in control, monopoly, cronyism, vested interests and all will not change. Utils, Transportation, Media broadcast, infrastructure that'll bleed the rakyat tremendously to pay for it, essential goods, you name it..all in the family..not fingers but many hidden hands in every pie, and Archie Bunker ain't in the plot. :D

Sentinel
10-01-2011, 12:58 AM
As long as this regime remains in control....(snipped) :D
Then BS, lets remove them....

tupai
10-01-2011, 12:58 AM
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Question: You think the fellas at Putrajaya got the political will to change this?

whats the motivation 4 em 2 change? The rich air travellers are still the pendatangs...

Those poor less to do simpleton rakyak, who continue to vote those putrajaya bloodsuckers in power, only fly once in a life time...and that too they use chartered buses under polis escorts all duh way...no traffic jam sumore!

So apa cerita lagi?

Yang Berpandu bas2tingkat latotupai :cool:

bslee
10-01-2011, 01:18 AM
You can bet I INSIST!, at least it'll give me greatest satisfaction before I lie 6ft under..hope the Almighty won't deny me that satisfaction!. I pray!
I just pity the people on the other side of semenanjung.. they keep allowing status quo eventhough they suffer for generations with least development and due attention. If ONLY THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS THROUGH and do the right thing, it'll certainly benefit we all on THIS side of the country. I pray it'll happen and better happen next otherwise.......... :(

chewie
10-01-2011, 08:44 AM
Then BS, lets remove them....

Do you think is easy? You know I know...

tictactoe
10-01-2011, 03:19 PM
I took MRT from Changi to Orchard - It cost me only S$2! When oh when can we have cheap & efficient public transport? I dream on...

bslee
10-01-2011, 03:39 PM
I took MRT from Changi to Orchard - It cost me only S$2! When oh when can we have cheap & efficient public transport? I dream on...

The last cheap and efficient transport was way back in the 70's and 80's...that WAS it!. Note that circumstances were very different back then, not the population, hussle and bustle like now, no real traffic jams and the sorts of issues we face now. There was Sri Jaya bus, Len Seng Omnibus, a few more I can't remember, then the Isuzu minibus service (40sen per trip) that lasted about 15-20 years (so called temporary)..then there were more honest and ethical cabbies back then. NOW????... Urgggggg!
Then who in the right mind allowed 2-3 main LRT/Monorail services that didn't really help ease, moreover didn't intersect properly!..
THATS MALAYSIA FOR YOU ALL! and forget about cheap...GAYA ADA...it STOPS THERE!.. it'll never be cheap again for countless reasons. I don't see they have the ability to keep up and keep costs low for the rakyat in this area. There's just too many factors that are relative or associated that'll burden the rakyat in more ways than easing rakyat's plight in future. They can even sign lobsided agreements with toll concessionairs. Look at Puchong? surrounded by tolls..how did all this happen or allowed to happen?

Sentinel
10-01-2011, 05:10 PM
Do you think is easy? You know I know...
Not easy... but not impossible. Wanna come to Labis with us (PY Wong - TindakMalaysia) for the coming Tenang by-election? Or would you prefer to be in Sarawak Land of the Hornbills soon too?

sarawakian
10-01-2011, 10:55 PM
sarawak is a different kettle of fish

USJ27Resident
10-01-2011, 11:18 PM
one word describe all.... monopoly....

lets take rm50 perday x 365 days x 5 years = RM91250...not to forget the repair works of the car, the servicing, car tyre and etc...all easily is above rm100000 for 5 years...and this is only proton saga car.... what about other type of car i.e. toyota, nissan, naza or even perdana.... i believe the cost is even more...

How much do you pay for your car loan... these poor taxi drivers that don't have the PERMITS, will have to "buy" the taxis from these legal loansharks for anything between RM50 (eSmartcabs/Renaults) and RM155 (Wajas/KLIALimo).... the trick is, you pay a deposit of between 5K-8K first (upfront!) then you pay a daily lease - which presumably would get you to own the vehicle in 5 years... the catch is - at the end of that 5 years, you DO get the taxi - BUT you CANNOT operate it as a taxi - because you still DON'T have a bloody permit... How screwed can you get. Getting caught driving a taxi without a permit - and JPJ would GRAB/SEIZE that car faster than McD would get a Big Mac ready :eek:

RM150+ per day! = now that takes RM4,500+ per month...GUARANTEED!! :eek: better than having an Avis or Hertz Rent a Car company... no?

Now how the hell to maintain a healthy car on the road when the bloodsuckers are sucking the drivers dry! So don't blame this situation solely on the poor drivers.....

The last time the drivers tried to protest - they got whacked and ambushed by their own association and insiders (kaki bodeks!).....

Btw - [nice to know] every coupon you buy - the drivers also have to surrender a percentage to the company that sells the damn coupons... best part, they have to surrender the stubs, make a claim and then WAIT... for their cash... so whatever they get as tips - is always a welcome relief...

tupai
10-01-2011, 11:36 PM
Not easy... but not impossible. Wanna come to Labis with us (PY Wong - TindakMalaysia) for the coming Tenang by-election? Or would you prefer to be in Sarawak Land of the Hornbills soon too?

To each his/her own. to do or not to do, tats duh question...

maybe 1can contribute to the Oppo puny itsybitsy warchest to fight the migth of evilgoliath?

The bank account for the Tenang by-election is as follows:

Parti Islam SeMalaysia

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd

Account number: 140 2301 0000 885

Branch: Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Yang Boleh latotupai :cool:

Sentinel
10-01-2011, 11:46 PM
sarawak is a different kettle of fish
Well at least I can enjoy the Bidin Veggie and the Choot-Choot snails and probably take another BOT ride up the Rejang? Maybe a few days trekking in the Mulu Caves areas... and a dip in Clearwater Cave might invigorate the reproductive genes??? :D

Some cheap Heineken at Kuala Lurah or Limbang (by the river summore....) ain't that bad an idea too Sarawakian... :D

chewie
11-01-2011, 08:50 AM
Not easy... but not impossible. Wanna come to Labis with us (PY Wong - TindakMalaysia) for the coming Tenang by-election? Or would you prefer to be in Sarawak Land of the Hornbills soon too?

Labis is it in N9? if the time is right, i would love too...

for sarawak, i prefer to enjoy myself with the nature at miri...

Sentinel
11-01-2011, 07:23 PM
Labis is it in N9? if the time is right, i would love too...

for sarawak, i prefer to enjoy myself with the nature at miri...
Labis is in northern part of Johor, you can get off the highway at Yong Peng or Segamat turn-off. Better stay in Yong Peng or Segamat, better hotels and more food choices... even got BKT as good as JB's Captain's Cabin famous BKT. :D

Miri? He He He... I know what you are up to this summer!!! Just kiddin'... yes Miri is one hotbed for the coming state election and from there you can take a long BOT up the river to Mulu Caves and / or The Pinnacles or simply hop on one of those small mosquito MAS planes there... then spend time and money at the Mulu Resort and make the current CM richer coz he owns the hotel... :mad: