I Tokmoh, therefore I am

October 5, 2009

London, London, Lon… ops

Filed under: Opinion — tokmoh @ 7:30 am
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Britain, Britain, Britain… a country which smells like diesel, and the Tube has some problems somewhere everyday. Ahh… but what makes the people of Britain love this country, and tourists come here?

I haet SUVs, even a Beemer

No, it isn’t this BMW X1 diesel displayed at O2 arena, but it is because…

British TnG

Using Oyster Card is cheaper and so easy, even The Stig knows how to use it!!

Ok, on more serious matter, I think there’s many cues the mayor of KL can take from London. Like, Touch and Go users should get cheaper rate than cash users whether at public transport or at toll booths. Congestion Charge, which I initially thought was silly, suddenly makes sense in order to weed out as many kiasus as possible, except the part that it exempts hybrid. If not for that, I believe there will be lesser Priuses and Lexus hybrids (large SUV and luxurious limo to stop global warming? yeah rite). That way, we can properly see whether Malaysians are pretending to be green because they care, or because they want Toyota Prius to be sold at RM2,000.00 sahaja.

It annoys me on the lack of decisiveness of what Malaysian wants. They say the govt is not green at all because we only have Euro 2 diesels, whereas here in Europe, they have Euro over 9000. But diesel still smells like diesel, Euro 1, 2, 3, 9, 48, 70, whatever. It still is. And a BMW 7-series diesel still sounds like a tractor. To save petrol? Yeah right, so why comdemn govt like hell when Porsche introduced Panamera at a basic price of just a little under a million? Shouldn’t they be condemning Porsche instead for not slapping their headlights onto Toyota iQ like Aston Martin did?

And if the govt reeeeeaalllllyy can’t be green, you can. Marks and Spencer (MnS) will charge you 5p if you want each of their plastic bag, and they will use that money to fund a charitable organisation to save mother nature. In Malaysia, most Malaysians want plastic bag even if they purchase a newspaper or just an eraser. Like a mak cik once told me, “kalo nak beli newspaper pun nak plastik, lemak lah, hahaha”, I laughed along too. I remember not too long ago, Tesco tried to charge 20sen for each of their plastic bag, and what was Malaysians’ reaction? They condemn Tesco to eternity, although, thankfully, Tesco in London don’t do that. They use biodegradable plastic bags though.

Or you can ride a bicycle, which of course will make me smile looking at Malaysians’ reaction. “Our weather too hot”, “You siao a?”, et cetera.

Or you can dispose of rubbish at designated rubbish bins, but of course, telling that to a Malaysian is a bit like asking them to make public sex. It’s more difficult than understanding quantum physics.

So… that means… in my opinion, the only time when Malaysians are passionate about being green is when they want cheap diesels or Toyota. Yeap.

I love cars, I really do. But some other ‘homo sapiens’ calling themselves ‘rakyat-denied-rights-for-level-playing-field’ are just too retarted, makes me wonder if loving car is wrong…

Another thing, is about public transport. Yes, London public transport is thought to be super-efficient, so much that everyone leaves behind their car to ride in one. Err… quite. There’s a junction on the way to Oxford Circus, where I’ll always get stuck for 20 minutes, weekday or weekend. Getting from Eastern area of London to North Eastern area of London takes a dreadful and painful over 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus. The Underground Tube always have some maintenance job in one line or the other, and I suspect this is so because their workers spend a lot of time listening to Health and Safety lectures rather than getting the job done quickly, as Top Gear found out when they themselves help a council to resurface a stretch of road in season 9 episode 1, if I remember correctly.

The fact is, a personal transport is simply better, no matter how efficient the public transport is. The Londoners wouldn’t give up their Aston Martins, Mercedes, Jaguar, Ford, Vauxhall, Peugout to get cramped like sardine in the Tube or listening to the bus’ computer repeating “please get to the lower deck”, “do not stand at upper deck and the stair”. So why should Malaysians? This is at a ‘protected’ market, imagine if the market opens up and suddenly everyone can buy Honda Civic and Toyota Camry for only RM800, will they? Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllllllll they?!?!?!

Making fun of their hypocrisy is fun… In that sense, I think I’m one step closer to understanding The Joker’s psyche. It’s a dog-eat-dog world we live in indeed.

Oh, a funny incident happen when I was walking outside MnS: there I was, holding the reusable MnS bags filled with MnS branded foods, I spotted a bunch of narrow-minded ‘brothers’, making a stand booth to ask the public to boycott MnS cuz they’re funding Israel to kill the Palestinians… *facepalm*

PS: The opening line is a parody of Little Britain’s opening line.


Despite what is says, the internet I’ve been using is 2MB/s, it’s not that much faster than what I get in Msia.



  1. a quick one, i actually dont mind riding the bicycle to work. but the thought of riding it over highways..

    Comment by kevin — October 6, 2009 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  2. Me neither, hehe.

    But I do use public transport a lot. To date, I have only driven in KL once in my life, the rest of the time I ride train or bus. To be honest, I think Malaysian public transport actually is not too bad, at least not as bad as those doomsayers always portray.

    My opinion on green stuff should only sting opposition fanatics who want to find excuse to bash govt and look like an idiot while doing so.

    In the mean time, I think I will use as little plastic as possible.

    Comment by tokmoh — October 7, 2009 @ 6:23 am | Reply

  3. To be able to ride bicycles here we need lots of infrastructure catered for bicycle riders. In terms of safety tank > car > motorbike > bicycle. Although you are careful enough when riding one, others might not be. The chances of being knocked down while being on a bicycle on our roads are very high..

    Haha. Did not hear about the 20cent plastic bags at Tesco, was living in a kampung then. However, I was shocked when I went shopping back here in Penang on a Monday. They gave me cardboard boxes instead of plastic bags to carry my shopping goods.

    Comment by vincent — October 7, 2009 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

    • I think motorbike n bicycle risks are the same. I think number of road accident caused by car is quite ok, but it’s the motorbikes that contributes very highly to the statistics…

      Comment by tokmoh — October 8, 2009 @ 8:25 am | Reply

      • Bicycles are far more dangerous because they lack the power to accelerate, imagine crossing a busy junction on a bicycle. But on the flip side, the faster u go, the further u fly, the harder u land.

        Comment by vincent — October 9, 2009 @ 4:02 am

  4. How long are u in London?

    I miss London and the public transport. And it feeels good to be in London. 😛

    Comment by Grace — October 20, 2009 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  5. My flight going there was on 17th September (arrived at Heathrow 6.00am 18th), stayed for 3 weeks plus until 11th October (arrived here 11.15am 12th).

    The Underground Tube is very nice, kan? But I don’t like to ride their bus, always suddenly halfway decide to stop being in service or change destination. But what to do, bus is cheaper, lol.

    Comment by tokmoh — October 20, 2009 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  6. Nissan Teana’s fuelconsumtion?
    (Not fuel economy wich is an eufenism)

    Any idea?

    In kpl liter which is the international standard!
    not liter per 100 kilomer!@#@!??


    “Mr CarSanook”

    Comment by Car Sanook — October 29, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

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