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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Malaysia: Priciest Broadband in APAC


It's no surprise that we Malaysians are paying a lot more than other countries for broadband and now finally there is an official report stating so.

I do hope all the broadband players in Malaysia will reduce it's price

Malaysia's broadband access most expensive in APAC


Malaysia telecom operators paid the most for their Ethernet broadband lines in the Asia-Pacific region while their peers in Hong Kong enjoyed the lowest access bills, according to a recent study by the Asia-Pacific Carriers' Coalition (APCC).

Released on Jun. 14, the survey revealed that Malaysia topped four out of five categories--differentiated by network speeds--covering Ethernet broadband monthly rental and installation costs. It was second highest in the fifth category, revealed the study.

For instance, the monthly rental and installation cost for 2Mbps circuit would cost an operator in Malaysia US$4,564 but only US$374 in Hong Kong.

Surpassing Thailand, which was ranked second in the study, Malaysia had the costliest local Internet access lines in the Asia-Pacific region.

Only countries with the top two most costly bills, as well as the country with the lowest access bill, were ranked.

The study showed that Singapore, which was the costliest for telecom providers when the survey was last conducted in 2006, dropped down the list this year. However, the Republic was still "two to three times" more expensive than the cheapest country, Hong Kong.

The report also stated that demand for Ethernet broadband access has not only "continued to rise" but the demand for higher bitrates is also increasing. This upward trend is reflected by the availability of information, compared to previous years, on carriers requesting for 10Gbps access circuits.

The study, which Telecommunications Research Project Corporate (TRPC) was commissioned to conduct, gathered information from seven international carriers and looked at three forms of access platforms: Ethernet, leased lines and DSL (digital subscriber line).

For Ethernet broadband cost, the survey covered 13 countries--in which the seven carriers offered Ethernet services--and assessed the monthly rental and installation costs of various Ethernet access speeds: 2Mbps, 10Mbps, 50Mbps, 10Mbps, 1Gbps and 10Gbps.

Leased lines were "the most widely used leased circuits across Asia-Pacific", according to the APCC study.

Of the 14 regional countries surveyed for leased lines access, nine countries saw their costs reduced in real terms since 2006. The five countries that bucked the trend were Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

"We are disappointed to note that local access charges have risen in real terms in five countries since 2006," said APCC President Simon Smith. "Our members continue to experience challenges in obtaining competitive local access price charges, which are often disproportionate to charges for an end-to-end international service."

Smith called for "fair" local access charges as these were a "critical requirement" for the creation of a competitive communications environment.

He also encouraged regulators in the markets reviewed to "take the necessary and appropriate regulatory action" to lower access pricing.

http://www.zdnetasia.com/malaysia-s-broadband-access-most-expensive-in-apac-62201063.htm

The full pdf report:
http://www.asiapacificcarriers.org/sp/user/attach/2010-06-13_APCC%20Final%20Report%202010.pdf

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Tragic Incident at Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010

I found this on Facebook and I think that we have to organise the medical assistance for any event properly and enforce them which is NOT shown in the note below.


I would like to share a tragic incident that happened at Standard Chartered KL Marathon today…
When i was running my final 2 km on the 10km… as i was running along the road in front of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, i saw a guy was sitting on the road side then soon enough he collapsed…

this incident attracted my attention as a guy(a training doctor, named Irkhan) that was trying to help him was shouting for medic..
as i was a trained EFR, i ran over to see what is happening.. (it was around 1 hour into the race for 10km runners)

i got to know that the guy (named Lim) has collapsed and was having seizure.. we tried to place him in recovery position… he was breathing very heavily and shortly and he was also biting his teeth very very hard… i was afraid that he will hurt himself (with either biting his own tongue or he closed up his airway).. so i tried to open up his jaw and tried to communicate wif him to have him relax and breath easily.. he then slowed down his breathing and taking deeper breath…

another lady (lady A) came to help and constantly monitor on his pulse… and Dr. Visva (was another participant in the run) came over to help…

Then suddenly, his pulse was gone… then we lied him flat and started on CPR procedures… we constantly check on his pulse to check whether his pulse has come back.. we did chest compression and also mouth-to-mouth breathing to Lim…
as we were doing the CPR procedures, we did not sight medic anywhere.. and we tried to shout as loud as possible for medic…

After awhile into the CPR procedures, "lady A" said that she could feel his pulse but was very weak.. then we stopped the CPR procedures to see whether he regain consciousness or not…
After i stopped the chest compression on Lim, i started shouting for medic services again with the hope that a medic services is nearby and heard us.. but unfortunately not… we only sighted 3 DBKL Officers(with big motorcycles) just stood by the road side and just stare… the did not come over to help or to check out what happened… (it was around 10 minutes that Lim collapse and had seizure)…

after a moment, Lim loose his pulse again.. we started CPR procedures again.. we still did not sight an ambulance or any EMS(Emergency Medical Services) around… after approximately 30 compression, Lim regained his pulse but was very very weak.. and yet.. there was still no ambulance or EMS sighted… and DBKL officers still stood there and did not came over to help… so I informed a passer by to run to the officers to tell them to call for an EMS soonest possible...

after we performed CPR procedures on Lim for the the third time, finally a St. John ambulance came after around 15 - 20 minutes after Lim collapsed…

we let the EMS officers to take over the CPR and First Aid… Dr. Visva asked whether do they have the AED(Automated External Defibrillator)… one of the person from the EMS said that they do not have it.. then I asked whether do they have a face mask with pump.. they also did not have it there… THEY PRACTICALLY HAVE NOTHING IN THE AMBULANCE!!!!!!!! -.-"

EMS took him and speed their way to HKL…


we were later informed that the Response time for EMS is 3 minutes but it took them almost 20 minutes to arrive… and later.. as I was reading through the Runners Guide that was provided in our running kit…
There is a statement (at page 15) that states that "Medical Assistance - Medical Aid is available every 4km and at the Finish Area. Due to runner's physical condition, Medical Officials are authorized to stop runners and remove their timing chip"


every 4KM MY ROYAL ASS.. I did not see any first aider, ambulance or any sort of medical officials along my 10km route… and if 4km was true.. it definitely will not take them SO LONG to arrive...

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I got a call from Dr. Visva a moment ago.. he went to HKL to check out the condition of Lim and he informed me that Lim have passed away on his arrival to the hospital… T__T

Lim is only into his 20's and was running the 10KM distance…





P/s: please share this note to as many people as possible.. we will hope to create awareness on the inefficiency of EMS, DBKL officers and organiser of standard chartered KL Marathon 2010...

we also want to create an awareness that this kind of inefficiency have caused a life of a young man...
we will hope that the marathon organisers will take responsibility and make EMS a top priority in their planning


http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=441962310357&id=722972758


Monday, June 21, 2010

IDD with iTalkWhoa!

Before there was IDD (International Direct Dial), the only way to call a friend or family member overseas was to call the local operator to patch your number through.


It may sound convenient but it is actually more expensive this way as you need to pay the operator fees before you get connected and strangely enough this service is still available.

Although I did not really experience any of this first hand, I remember my dad saying that it was a hassle just to call somebody overseas.

You need to send a telegraph to set the time and place to call and someone must be at the other end to receive it.



What I’m saying now is what happened more that 10 years ago (or was it 20?), when handphones were not cheap at the time period.

All that changed when IDD was introduced, people had a choice of not calling the operator, which can be quite expensive, and instead just call normally with the country code which is normally after the (+) sign.

For example, the country code for Malaysia is +60 which is easy to remember as we only have to add +6 to all our existing numbers.

IDD is now available for all handphone users which is on by default for prepaid users although postpaid users would need to activate it first.

IDD for fixed lines are not that simple but possible when using IDD cards such as the ones from iTalk.



As we progress into the era of globalization, call rates are becoming cheaper almost every year.

VOIP has made it even cheaper to make calls; local or international.

As I recently found out that iTalkWhoa is having a promotion, making its international call charges 10% cheaper than that of iTalk.

So you get to talk 10% longer!


It may not sound much now, but when you are talking to someone you’ve not met for a long time, you would want to catch up on the things which have happened and every minutes counts.

So why are you waiting?

Head to www.italkwhoa.com now!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Girl dies because BHP workers refuse to lend extinguisher

If you have been on Facebook, you must have noticed a note circulating about how a girl died because the BHP workers refuse to lend their fire extinguishers.

The text below is taken from the note provided from the link below the text.

"FUCK BHP!!!!! FUCK BHP!!! why? let me tell you!!

this morning approx 3.20am, at Cheras Tmn Pertama roundabout,

saw a freak accident, involving a Vios, Myvi and a Lorry.

im one the first badge who arrive, mean it just happen maybe seconds ago.

Vios believe to be turtle and badly damaged. When im passing by the vios, rear passenger started to pull out the front driver and front passenger.

then when i pass the Myvi, the car was totally sardine. Heard one girl was yelling cos piined inside. I stop my car then run towards the myvi to offer a hand while calling 999 emergency line to request for ambulance and bomba.

then saw fire spark at the engine bay of myvi. while still on the phone with emergency line to provide more details, i run back to my car and drive to BHP station which is just less than 500m away from the scene.

then i request for the fire extingusher from the attendant which is kept inside. There was 4 extingusher on the ground. But the attendant refuse to pass to me.

the BHP attendant claimed dat the door cant be open.

then i shout at him, i need it! i want it! someone is pinned inside the car and its started to burn!

then the BHP attendant keep repeating he kenot borrow and open the door.

then i was like WTF! if ur kiosk is burning can u come out? then he replied yes.

then he still say he kenot open the door. Then he say his boss wont allowed to borrow. WTF!!!

then i started to amuk kicking the kiosk and punching the glass of the kiosk.

i even throw my IC to him say that if im dun return u report police.

i saw i borrow.. if i use it i will pay for it. then he keep on just smile at me.

then he ask another partner to come out. Then i start shouting and yelling at them with bad words saying dat if the girl dies you two are the murderer.

then the 2nd BHP attendant shout back at me.

i demand for their names, i told them i would complain bout them,

then the 2nd attendant copy down my number plate and said that all my acts been recorded on CCTV and he gonna report to police tumoro. I challenged him.

then i drove off back to the scene.. the car was totally burning and the poor girl was burn alive inside.

then i spoke to the Bomba and PDRM how many casualties was inside. they told me one girl.

Then i spoke to PDRM about the incident happen in BHP.. then the policemen also scold with anger WTF with them.. if i could get the fire extingushier.. the girl might be saved.

then the Policemen ask me to go police station to report a cover about the BHP, and he assured me that the stupid BHP wont get to report on me.

Personally i would like to ask, how much does 4 fire extingusher cost? isit more expensive than a life?

would like to ask the BHP petrol station's boss! u cant afford to lose 4 fire extingusher then u better closed down your station!!!! Fuck you boss!!!!

and this is to BHP MALAYSIA!! seens your procedure to keep all safety gadget inside the kiosk... if anything happen during refueling... is your attendant gonna open the door to help? seens he claimed that the door cant be open after hours??

FUCK YOU BHP!!! FUCK YOU!!!

i personally from now on will boycott BHP... i dont know how about you all!!!

gonna give BHP HQ a call tumoro... see what the fuck will they say about this kind of safety measurement they have!!!!!


for the two BHP attendant!!! you are the murderer!!!!!"


http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=121923751176825&id=714313533

More info on the accident:
http://komuniti.malaysiakini.com/news/woman-dies-in-fire-as-bhp-staff-refuse-to-loan-fire-extinguisher

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