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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Eye On Malaysia

(The guy in the yellow helmet: "Gee! I hope the concrete will dry in time for the grand opening.)







In page M3 of the Metro section of today's Star there was a story on part of the preparation for Visit Malaysia Year which officially starts January 1, 2007 which is a few days away. The story was about the construction of a giant ferris wheel in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. The 60 meter high ride with 42 air-conditioned gondolas will be installed as one of the major attractions for Visit Malaysia Year 2007. Jolly good. But read on and you might shudder...

"According to a contractor, soil testing was done two weeks ago to test the ground before the structure is installed."

Soil testing just 2 weeks ago???!!!

More scary news as you read on. The contractor also said, "We have been working 24 hours to ensure that the structure is up before the launch date on Jan.6" WHAT???!!!

January 6 is just 11 days away, people. We're going to build a GIANT structure which will carry people, tourists and Malaysians 200 ft. high into the air in that time???

What la? Want to do something, don't know how to plan properly also. Maybe, someone should keep an eye on Malaysia.

NIAMAH!!!

39 comments:

TV Smith said...

Maybe they should get those Pagoda singlet-clad guys from the traveling fun fair. They should able to rig something in a couple of hours... Niamah!!!

Sibeh Tulan said...

Aiyah! You don't know meh? Built first at RM30 million and 6 months later spend another RM15 million to rectify the cracks or "upgrade". Just like the MRR2. Typical Malaysian Boleh-style by those idiots!

patrickteoh said...

sibeh tulan, it's okay. The whole thing is rented anyway. Probably from some politician's brother-in-law's second cousin twice removed. And the ferris wheel is going to be spinning for one year only. Although how much that will cost is anybody's guess.

Cuddly Family said...

nice new blog, PT :)

hasilox said...

Don't worry. The concrete is no ordinary concrete. At least the 'price' is not ordinary, going by our Boleh standard.

What is there to worry about? None of our Boleh 'benchmarks' is too difficult to match. With some greasing of Ringgits, everything will be perfect.

Meanwhile, can expect the tourists will be too busy with our Boleh 'futuristic' toilets anyway.

Shit! I am talking like a Boleh minister already...NIAMAH!!!

Trashed said...

Niamah !!!

I don't think I will ride that aircond ferris wheel. Taking a personal risk by doing so.


Niamah !!!

Anonymous said...

niamah...!!!

how can you take away my story just like that. i wanted to write about this as well...

anyway, the Eye On Malaysia thing sounds very fishy. its not like someone woke up one morning and declared 2007 to be Visit Malaysia Year.

so how come this ferris wheel sounds so last minute? it seems more like someone really woke up one morning and decided to install a ferris wheel.

i also wanted to mention 2 weeks of soil testing is kinda crappy since i would think there are many things to consider like:
1. haze season, can anyone see anything?!
2. do tourists go to that part of town to begin with? else they just going to go there for a ferris wheel ride?
3. we have people who do soil testing longer and we still get collapsed building, etc... this one in just two weeks?!? they think the ferris wheel weights less than 1 tonne isit?

niamah... :)

mob1900 said...

Malaysia, either scorching hot or heavy rain, haze and pollution. Now add proton-quality topsy-turvies.

Smart thinking, Bolehland.

Niamah!!!

remesis said...

And they wanna build a nuclear plant?

NIAMAH !!!

Anonymous said...

Aiyah, you're all chicken. What's wrong with two weeks of soil tests for a temporary giant ferris wheel that's gonna take us all for a good ride? It's all a big spin anyway la. And it took us half that time to build the LCCT what and see how efficient and comfortable and spacious and chair-less it is. But for every tourist's sake, I hope City Hall engineers test the contraption real good or else they will be slapped with lawsuits which will really make their heads spin. Wonder if the Factories and Machinery Department has given the Big Eye the big nod or has it closed one eye, too? Have a safe ride, you all, and do so with your eyes wide open. Me, I'll be watching from across the street. It's safer, I think. Niamah!!

richieyeoh said...

Mak engkau! Patrick, way to go. Give Jeff a run for his RM. But no more ducks on hot plate pranks ok. Why the FCUK word? Surely your vocab is not so limited. if have too just Thiew lah, this is now an international term. Keep this up you sonovabeech (I really mean the tree). You are one great guy who keeps bouncing back. Have a thiew niamah great 2007. Keep this going!

patrickteoh said...

richieyeoh, thank you. I think. Give him a run for his RM? Nah. I'm not anywhere near his league. It's ok.You have a great 2007 yourself. And by the way, the word is F-U-C-K. Thank you.

anonymous, unlike you I'm going to be standing in line for a ride in that thing. If it collapses I would become a part of Malaysian history for about 2 days. Good what.

remesis, nuclear plant can what. If Kim can do it so can we. Malaysia Boleh!

actually adriantai you're right. The politicians always tell us that tourists don't visit KL for the bars and clubs and cheap drinks. Now it's our turn to ask if tourists travel to Titiwangsa to ride the ferris wheel.

Hasilox, since you mentioned toilets has anyone ever seen any photos of the insides of those RM400,000 toilets they've just launched? Lots of photos of the outside but inside donch hap leh. Why ah?

riz said...

As like I have nothing better to do, I was dragged by my wife to see this "wonder" of KL, which I still wander how the hell are the tourist going to get there.

Wah! all the gondola are up but not sure if it is running. Must be another fastrack project by our government, and another candidate for the Malaysian book of records.

Just hope that it doesn't roll all the way to Singapore when the PM swith that thing on.

Anonymous said...

anonymous... dun think it would be safe across the street.

the ferris wheel might just fall off and roll over to the next street. at least if i'm in the gondola, i'll be safer. dun worry, i'll help to scrape you off the side of my gondola once it stops rolling...

kekekekeke...

Ranen Bhattacharyya said...

Patrick Teoh !
So this is where you are hiding, I missed you on the radio air waves...so much so that after a suitable period of mourning for your absence, I turned to reading blogs.
Lo and behold my man Jeff 00I led me to see you and NIAMAH you are just as acid as always...don't I love you.
I have since discovered Bookmarking, and NIAMAH you are bookmarked for ever on my whatsit- internet/CPU/computer/webpage..!!
Don't you NIAMAH cry, have a good year 2 0 0 7.

patrickteoh said...

hi ranen. I didn't know there were blogs back when i quit the radio. or did you "mourn" that long? LOL. thanks for the visit and come back often. have a good year yourself.

adrian, the next question should be, if they spent so much to install it and say that it is such a wonderful tourist draw why is it only there for one year? If it is that good maybe the tourism ministry should spend the money to buy the bloody thing instead of subjecting us to awful jingles extolling how truly Asia Malaysia is. Niamah!!!

Anonymous said...

patrick, i have thought about that as well... why only one year when london eye is a permanent feature?!?

i can only postulate that maybe some fler in the gomen realised can save some $$$...
example only... since i'm too lazy to Google for the exact amount:
cost for one year = rm5million
cost for permanent = rm6.5million

so the fler then decided only 1 year coz that means we save rm1.5million!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Adrian. Is the 'Eye' in the title a reference to the London Eye?

Never mind lah. London also got huge-ass white elephant ferris wheel what. Big waste of money, yes, white elephant, yes, no practical use, yes, but who cares? Gives the tourists something else to spot from the plane on the way down into KLIA for Visit Malaysia Year what. Pity the flers, all the time looking at those Twin Towers only, they must get bored too.

Besides, as long as we're doing something that has been done by the UK already, we must be on the right track what? Developed country and all.

Malaysia Boleh!

PeterP said...

Don't you guys get it ?

"There's a reason for the wheel
You and eye..."
(with apologies to Five For Fighting)

This contraption is actually for all those who cannot experience what our Bolehnaut will be experiencing later this year.

When you ride on it, you have to try the teh tarik, batu sembilan and batik painting experiments......

Have a great 2007.

liberatee said...

eye on malaysia not bad what.
damn good way to sell malaysia.
even international press will want to come and cover.
especially if they paint it black and get anwar ibrahim to cut the ribbon or whack the gong.
better than those silly ads (as if malaysia is truly asia...does that mean asia also truly malaysia meh)

Anonymous said...

I, too, will watch from afar or only go for it after like ... 5 months? Because I'm sure for the first few months, lots of people will go for it.

Btw, it's kinda obvious the concept of 'Eye on Malaysia' was picked from 'London Eye' isn't it? Shouldn't it be call as 'Eye on Kuala Lumpur' since we probably can see KL or Selangor areas only?

Alliedmartster said...

Eh Patrick, syabas on your blog. Beginning to unearth all these buggers! Ha ha
Go check out the London eye. It started construction in 1998 and opened in 2000.
That was at least 2 years....Wah Malaysia really makes the construction industry look easy!
IN three weeks? Another Malaysian record...lets see how fast before we see structural damage!

alliedmartster
www.muststopthis.blogspot.com

Pontianak said...

NIAMAH!!
Two weeks for soil testing? I am not much of an engineer but I know to carry out a proper test of the soil cohesive and angular friction properties, the laboratory tests alone would take at least 10 days, not counting the process of boring through the strata layers of the soil. Everybody knows that Titiwangsa is a former tin mining area and the substrata is essentially limestone formation, cavities abound. To erect something so high, piles needed to be sunk to at least the hard layers which could be 30 metre deep. How on earth could they perform the boring and laboratory testing within such a short span of time was unimaginable.... or have I missed something here?

Anyway, nice new blog, Patrick. Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Uncle Patrick,

You still dare to go? Later feature in AXN Amazing Video how? :p

Have a joy ride! Show us the photo later...

Cheers

derk said...

my first time at your blog..and it's a great read. will bookmark this. do continue and NIAMAH!!!!

Adrian said...

We also heard that the PM and his jokers are going to get on the thing, and let's hope something goes wrong during his ride and scare the shit out of him. Then maybe, just maybe, he'll learn that rushing for something is bad.

And we will be watching it across the lake.

alam said...

i am an engineer, n i say it is a pure engineering achievement

vanhelsing said...

Pontianak,

That's why you say you are "not much an engineer"... Then why make such statement?

If soil test takes more than 10 days, all the construction project will be delayed liao... You hor, you think you are still working 10 years ago? There are much more advance tools, and also something called "multi-task" and "parallel"...

If everything needs to wait for something to end before it can be started, how to cari makan? You hor...

derk said...

let's c what the world says of Visit Malaysia 2007
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6228125.stm

bongkersz said...

so patrick your tok kok blog still got updates? :P or you will update niamah blog more? hehe

Anonymous said...

NIAMAH! Patrick, you are brill as usual. Have directed Farah and Mel here.bow

Niahkong said...

Niahmah,....
Malaysia sure boleh one. Singapore also want ferris wheel, butleh, how come so long also no shadow one....hehe, Malaysia boleh mah.

But, will u try the Eye on Malaysia...wah kiasi leh.

Anonymous said...

aiya,If the situation in malaysia still remain the same: bribe,robbery,kidnap....

just dont waste time & money to promote tourism lah...
who dare to visit malaysia???

smeagroo said...

see when eye of msia becomes black eye of msia lo.

The Superwomanwannabe said...

Aiyah come on you people...i'm sure its not done 2 weeks ago- who is this no shame idiot contractor saying this anyway and how can we know he's not talking BOLLOCKS? Quit it allready with all this negativity I am determined to see things from rosy coloured glasses- what's wrong with the idea of having an EYE - copy cat or not? Am putting my faith and prayers that govt and powers that be are not going to risk possible US or UK wrath by building contraptions which can collapse on their citizen tourists. Doesn't anyone who reads this blog think it can be something good? (although one year only???)Black eye of Malaysia- good one. (but sooo negative har har har)

patrickteoh said...

Hi superwoman. Nothing wrong at all with having the big ferris wheel. The post was about what was reported in the papers. Have you gone to ride the thing? Tell us about it.

mingfoong said...

hi there,
found this interesting blog while I'm google-ing for the eye on malaysia. Plan to go there before CNY, as I'm having holidays. :)
Well said, you'll never know until you get up and "enjoy" the fun hanging in the air, in some buatan malaysia *cough cough* ferris wheel.
Hope to see some others post comment bout the ferris wheel.

P/s: I like the way you end your post. Niamah~ :)

Citi de Gal said...

allo.. how come the Eye Sore is sooooooo fofular mah... must be good... s Eye Sore still standing mah!... banyak olang makan hati mah.....cakap2 zero mah... niahmah ah sing mah..hehehe

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Eye On Malaysia
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