Hearing of buying new trains from Transport Department as well as KTM Berhad,finally we could see the true face of the new trains.
The new train is made by Hyundai Rotem with Mitsubishi design and will be used on Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route of ETS(Express Train Service) initially.The designed max. speed of this train is 160km/hour,however,it will only be running at 140km/hour maximum in the current route,spending 1 hour and 55 minutes for the single trip.
The new train is a new hope for a lot of people.At least we now know that KTM is doing something improving their services.I just wonder know when they want to increase more trains for existing commuter services and when the ETS will be extended to Penang/Singapore.
I think for all I mentioned,I still need to wait for longer time.
20 minutes ago,I just sat in front of the computer desk and suddenly I felt the whole body was shaking.I could confirm that was an earthquake and depend on my past experience,it was quite horrible.
Now I had some official source claiming about this earthquake.It happened at SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA.It was only 475 km (295 miles) SSW of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia.I think a few of people in Kuala Lumpur had got the feel of it.Here’s the detail from USGS(U.S Geography Survey):
It’s Magnitude 7.9 that must have led to a huge destroy.Pray for the people there!
Update(1)-September 30th,2009:It’s reviewed to Magnitude 7.6 and there’s another Magnitude 5.5 earthquake which happened 20 minutes later than the first one.Unfortunately,the unconfirmed news said that more than 100 people was dead because of the earthquake.
Update(2)-October 1st,2009:The local officer in Southern Sumatra reported that thousands of houses were pulled down whilst a huge number of people was buried alive.Currently they only found around 100 dead bodies,however,the number will be confirmed to increase soon as the rescue team is working on it.
Besides,another earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale happened in Jambi province of Indonesia in this early morning.Up to now,there’s no injured report yet.
I always take RapidKL buses nowadays because it’s quite cheap(RM1-RM2 for a whole day riding on the same types of lines) and most of time under schedule in running(what I met).
But I think the happy time will be ended soon because the federal government just cancelled the allowances for RapidKL on fuel which means RapidKL will surely change their tariff.The reason from Cabinet is that government is not willing to make a monopoly on city bus service,however they think the allowance providing to RapidKL probably affects the matter because the company can give passangers cheaper tickets than other companies in the way to occupy the majority of the market.
I think if a company,especially a public service company,is able to do its business while benefiting most of citizens in the country,the company is successful enough and it’s well-performed.I admit that the monopoly will cause no competition and may lead to a bad situation that the only company in that cycle affecting the ‘whole world’ and control the absolute voice to ‘the world’.But the decision from the government is doing the same thing to their citizens.Soon we can never enjoy such a cheap trip by bus and I don’t think the competition here on public transportation is strong to force the invovling companies improving their services.
I think the government should not cut the allowance because the money paid to that company benefits consumers.Therefore,the government should better to set up a system to evaluate and assess the qulity of service of all public transportation companies whilst our consumers have our rights to take part in marking on them and finally depending on that result to contribute the allowance:only those high-voting companies can get the allowance.
It’s the same name as the brand new shopping center-Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.I check the dictionary for the meanings of this word.
An ornate tent.
A light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter, as at parks or fairs: a picnic pavilion.
A usually temporary structure erected at a fair or show for use by an exhibitor: the French pavilion at the World’s Fair.
A large structure housing sports or entertainment facilities; an arena.
A structure or another building connected to a larger building; an annex.
One of a group of related buildings forming a complex, as of a hospital.
The lower surface of a brilliant-cut gem, slanting outward from the culet to the girdle.
It’s not so special meanings,but really it is hot.Pavilion KL now has many people to visit and shopping there.It’s time for YES(year end sales) so that there are lots of promotions.I believe that’s why so many people’s there.Let’s look and see whether Gardens(which is another new shopping mall) will be another hot name.