Monthly Archives: September 2011

SESB’s SAIDI in comparison with others

On 27th September 2011 it was reported in the local press that Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) is targeting its System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) to at most 540 minutes for 2011.

So far they’re on track, with 381 minutes as of 11th September 2011.

In 2010, it was 687 minutes i.e. each person personally experienced more than 11 hours of electrical power interruption.

In 2009, it was a staggering 2,867 minutes for Sabah, and 72 minutes for Peninsular Malaysia.

In fact, it was much worse in previous years:

Compare that to South Johor‘s 111 minutes in 2010. Under the Iskandar Malaysia 10 (IM10) plan, it aims to reduce the number to less than 10 minutes by 2015.

That’s world class indeed; hopefully it’s equally stable too, so that one can find samsung mobile batteries at the source and be sure that it doesn’t break down too often.

Apparently, according to IEEE Standard 1366-1998 the median value for North American utilities is approx 90 minutes.

Guinness Stout advertisement in Malaysia, 1968

Apparently someone found a program booklet of KGMMB’s (Kesatuan Guru-Guru Melayu Malaysia Barat) Annual General Meeting in 1968 at Ohio University’s library.

On page 2, there was an advertisement, side by side with a message from the then Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

So that’s how it was in 1968, a Guinness Stout advertisement in Malay, with Malay actors no less.

Source: as posted by Ben Golimbi on Facebook

Fastest speed ever driven on a public road in Sabah

It was reported in page 2 of Daily Express on 20th September 2011, in an article entitled “Mechanic on Chong’s bike: modified with Kancil turbo for more power”, the mechanic that did the modification for the late Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah, Tang Kong Seng testified that he test rode the 1984 750cc Kawasaki GPZ from Kolombong to Tuaran and back at a speed of 150mph (240kmh).

240kmh! Has this kind of speed on an uncleared public road in Sabah ever happened before?

In a state where the speed limit is 90kmh, I think that was a reckless move. Someone crossing the road wearing crescent moon snowshoes would never have a chance to escape a flattening.

As comparison, I read that the fastest speed ever achieved on a public road is Rudolf Caracciola’s 432.7 km/h (268 mph) over a kilometre, but that must’ve been a carefully choreographed move and meticulously prepared road.

Then there’s the case of a Mr Arthur Chirkinian driving a Koenigsegg CCR which, in May 2003 in Texas, was handed a speeding ticket for doing 242 mph (389 kmh) in a 75mph zone.

The ultimate Gotcha Call

On the morning of 20th September 2011, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak could be heard playing a prank on radio station’s popular prank segment, Gotcha Call.

Instead of the Morning Crew duo of JJ and Ean, the PM himself talked to AMP Radio Networks’ General Manager of Programming, Jake “The Jakeman” Abdullah.

In the segment, Najib, who’s apparently a Gotcha Call fan himself, asked Jakeman if his son, Mohd Norashman could be a DJ on The Jakeman’s show.

AMP Radio Networks network manager Mohamad Raqeem Brian (The Brian Machine) said that the station had never before managed to do a Gotcha call on The Jakeman.

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Where to find small, half inch long nails in and around Penampang / Kota Kinabalu

A door was damaged by a particularly loud slam, and in order to fix it, I had to find very small nails – the type used to make photo frames.

It was more difficult than I anticipated. I visited quite a few hardware shops and none has them.

Close to giving up, I decided to ask a hardware store – which didn’t even have a name – in Towering next to a car accessories shop from which I had just bought a signal bulb, and surprise surprise it had them:

RM1 for the lot – more than I needed – surpassed all expectations.

The shop’s located towards the end of the block of shops, on the left side, as you go into Towering.

AFAIK, there’s no database of these things available online for Sabah at least; if there are, it would make life that much easier, just like what auto estimating software does for insurance.

Malaysian victims of 419 /parcel scams (advance-fee fraud)

Update 24 May 2012

Date started: 2010
Name: not revealed (woman)
Age: 63
Location: KL
Occupation: not revealed
Money lost: RM5 million
Scammer claims to be: a general from the United States
Scammer is in fact: a KL-based syndicate made up of 15 Nigerian men aged between 25 & 30 and a 50-year-old local woman, who is a lover of one of the men.
How met: internet
Modus operandi: got the victim to fall in love with him without even meeting up. Then proposed an investment scheme.
How ended: police nabbed suspects after being tracked when woman’s daughter lodged a report in September 2011.

Update 10 December 2011

Date started: September 2011
Name: Ms Lim
Age: 47
Location: KL
Occupation: insurance broker
Money lost: RM1.02 million
Scammer claims to be: a 48-year-old Canadian chemical engineer with Petronas in Tereng­ganu
Scammer is in fact: as yet unknown
How met: a website for singles (online matchmaking site)
Modus operandi: got the victim to fall in love with him without even meeting up. Then create sob story of being in financial trouble and ask for RM1 million loan. Once that’s done, disappears.
How ended: finally realised that she’s being conned when he stood her up in early December 2011

14 September 2011

The following are some examples of cases of Malaysians being cheated of huge amounts of money by Africans utilising the infamous 419 / parcel scams.

Note: On 10th May 2011, Daily Express reported that so far in the year, 2 Sabahan women were cheated of more than RM1 million each by people they met on Facebook. Are Sabah women the most gullible?

Date: September 2011
Name: Madam X
Age: early 50s
Location: Petaling Jaya
Occupation: ?
Money lost: almost RM500K
Scammer claims to be: a British Army Brigadier-General stationed in a middle eastern country
Scammer is in fact: a Nigerian
How met: a website for singles
Modus operandi: scammer claims to have USD20m, needed to take it out of his present location, asks Madam X to help channel to Malaysia, offers 50% as commission on condition that money wired to various countries to “facilitate transfer”
How ended: Niece managed to convince her that she’s being scammed.

Date: May 2011
Name: (female)
Age: ?
Location: Shah Alam
Occupation: ?
Money lost: RM1.1 million
Scammer claims to be: a British man
Scammer is in fact: a group including Nigerians and Bangladeshis
How met: Facebook
Modus operandi: after befriending, tell that he needs her bank account number to bank in money from his contract with Petronas worth millions, but first she needs to help him pay for stamp duties and insurance fees in order to get his contract sanctioned, because “he can’t afford it at that time”.
How ended: victim runs out of money

Date: June 2010
Name: ? (female)
Age: 73
Location: Georgetown
Occupation: ?
Money lost: RM155,000
Scammer claims to be: a British man
Scammer is in fact: a Nigerian
How met: online instant messaging
Modus operandi: take several months to win trust, then tell victim that he has sent expensive gifts. An accomplice pretending to be a Customs officer would then call to tell that the gifts are stuck in Customs due to an offence and a fine needs to be paid to a bank account.
How ended: money paid, communications cut off.

Date: December 2009
Name: ? (male)
Age: 55
Location: Kuala Terengganu
Occupation: pensioner
Money lost: RM124,340
Scammer claims to be: Katherine Khalifa of Liberia
Scammer is in fact: a Senegalese (?)
How met: internet
Modus operandi: after befriending victim, scammer sends boo-hoo email telling him that she’s in jail and needs help to withdraw millions from her dad’s account, in return he’ll get some of the money.
How ended: money paid, communications cut off.

Only persons who have won both Miss Universe Malaysia and Miss World Malaysia

Update 13 September 2011

Deborah failed to make the top 16 this time. Does this mean Miss Universe is tougher than Miss World?

12 September 2011

AFAIK, 2 girls have done so: Deborah Priya Henry and Trincy Low.

Deborah Henry (b. 1985), a model and TV host of Indian-Irish ancestry, was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2007 and went on to place in the top 16 at the world finals. A few years later, she won Miss Universe Malaysia 2011.

Trincy Low won Miss World Malaysia 1995 and Miss Universe Malaysia 1997. Apparently she did not get through the first round of Miss World 1995 and placed 34th out of 74 contestants in Miss Universe 1997.

These 2 ladies surely don’t mind getting holiday cards from admirers :-)

Why the return trip often seems to take less time

I’ve always wondered why the outward journey seems longer than the return trip, especially if it’s by road. My mother explained that this is because of our new-found familiarity with the route or road.

I found the answer a few days ago – a new study by Prof Niels van de Ven (Tilburg University, Holland), Leon van Rijswijk and Michael Roy concluded that it’s due to “different expectations.”

Lead researcher van de Ven said:

People often underestimate how long the outward journey takes and this is therefore experienced as long. Based on that feeling, the traveller expects the return journey to be long as well, and this then turns out to be shorter than expected. An over-optimistic prior estimation of the journey time leads to the illusion of the return journey being shorter.

They came to the conclusion after doing 3 studies involving 350 people.

The full text of the research is published in the journal Springer’s Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.