Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lulu spots a Maria?

I don't know how many of you have watched "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". The movie is centered on Toula, a Greek American woman (Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the script), who falls in love with a non-Greek American, Ian (played by John Corbett), and along with it, a lot of laughs that comes from cultural differences.
When she crosses 30, faced with mid-life crisis, Toula makes a resolution to undergo some change. She wanted to go to college for computer applications, but is unsuccessfull in talking her stubborn father, Gus, into letting her go. Her mother Maria intervenes, plants the idea into her fathers, i-dunno-how-she-did-it-but she did it so well, Gus thought that the brilliant idea came from himself, and suggested to Toula to go study to improve herself.

My friend and I were so amused by this strategy, we'd try to to do a Maria with some difficult people we know. He was more successful in this compared to me cos, well, I'm a Lulu. Lulu pula usually end up Maria-ed by him.

anyway, when Lulu reads news like this, Lulu can't help but think that they're doing a Maria.

PM suggests motorcycle lanes for all highways

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorcycle lanes must be built on all highways to reduce the number of road accidents, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“If possible, I suggest motorcycle lanes be built for all the five projects I have visited today as motorcycles are one of the main causes of road accidents,” he said after visiting road project sites in Cheras here yesterday.
However, he said, it would be up to Kuala Lumpur City Hall and project contractors to decide whether to include the lanes.
and it is followed up by
Building more motorcycle lanes can benefit road users

PETALING JAYA: More motorcycle lanes would have to be built for road users, particularly motorcyclists, to benefit.
“The ruling on having motorcycle lanes on highways has been in effect since the mid-1990s,” noted Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research director-general Prof Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi.
“However, they have not been widespread enough to have any impact, although new highways should be complying with this,” he said.
and "suddenly",
We all want better, safer highways

Sunday Star says...
MALAYSIAN highways continue to grow in number, length and breadth to accommodate the constantly increasing volume of traffic. There are other needs that highway construction needs to respond to, as the variety of vehicles continues to grow with traffic density.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi alluded to one of these needs in citing the importance of motorcycle lanes. This is a need that has been felt before, such as the feedback the Works Ministry received from the public several years ago. What makes motorcycle lanes important is that they help other traffic as well in removing motorcycles from other lanes. They also make it possible for motorcyclists to avoid using the emergency lane, which again helps reduce accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles.
Since some highways are being widened from four lanes to six, providing motorcycle lanes would be more than worth the extra effort and cost in the greater safety and convenience gained. However, highways may need to be policed more adequately to ensure that motorcyclists use only their designated lanes.
Prof Radin Umar had suggested “non-exclusive lanes (built on road shoulders) which would have to be well-marked and be between 2.5m and 3m in width.”
And we know that there's going to be a cost for it. Whether they intend to recuperate RM for RM spent or RM100 for each RM1 spent, I don't know. I only know that with these highway people, there's no such thing as free-roads.
A Maria - they're planting the idea into our head that we need the lanes, which i sokong.
But who's going to bear the cost?
Lulu can't help but wonder if this is a precursor to either an increase in toll or an extension in the concession period for the highways.

An example of how Maria works
Two months ago, Lulu thought that it was a crusade against kereta potong, turned out that it was the advertising pitch for Puspakom.

1,200 ‘kereta potong’ found
[NATION 20-Apr-2007]
The Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) detected 1,200 “cut-and-joined” cars (kereta potong) in the first three months of this year, compared with a total of 4,629 found last year.
Questions arise about Puspakom certification
[NATION 6-May-2007]
POTENTIAL used car buyers can avoid ending up with a kereta potong by exercising caution, and buying only from reputable dealers.
Cars that don’t make the cut
[FOCUS 6-May-2007]
When a cut-and-joined car is used on the road, it poses a hazard to other motorists. But for a healthy profit, unscrupulous parties are spinning off such vehicles to unwitting buyers or owners of cars involved in accidents.
Watch out for ‘kereta potong’
[NATION 6-May-2007]
Buyers of used cars, beware. You may be driving away in a “two-in-one.”
Puspakom to vet all used cars to prevent 'kereta potong'
[NATION 7-May-2007]
It will soon be made mandatory for all used cars or vehicles to undergo inspection at Puspakom before the Road Transport Department allows ownership transfers.
Group all for vetting
[NATION 7-May-2007]
The Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia has welcomed the Transport Ministry’s move to ensure all used vehicles are vetted before transfer of ownership.
Put an end to this ‘kereta potong’ nuisance
[FOCUS 10-May-2007]
From DR WAN MOHAMED WE, President, Proton Vendors Association
and the icing on the cake...
Puspakom inspection a must from July 1
[NATION 17-May-2007]
From July 1, all second-hand private vehicles will have to undergo mandatory Puspakom inspection before the transfer of ownership.

you see how Maria has worked in the past? Do you think Maria is at work again?


kittykat46 said...

Hi Lulu,
In this country, everytime you see some government "initiative" you can bet somebody in power/ connections/ relatives etc. stands to benefit from it.

Anonymous said...

Madmonk says,

Kittkat46 is damn right, hitting the crony nail on the head. Somebody is always spinning ideas to make the big bucks. This "$pinning" government (more than the previous Dr M regime) don't $pin projects for a no good reason.

A bicycle lane would be a good added lane after the motorcycle lane. How about a "air-conditioned" tunnel for motorcycles and bicycles? What about an air-con walkalator from KL to Singapore, where everybody can walk from north to south. Yes, have tunnels built all around the city under the roads too, for tourists, and underground shopping complexes too. Above rivers, and how about "hanging" shop lots above highways???? Mammaria!!

What A Lulu said...

could vesewe who left a comment at 12:26pm please drop me a mail at
the comment was lenghty and had some good points, but i'm not sure exactly where it fits into lulu's maria post. hence, i've removed it.
i would be most happy to help you set up your own blog.