Maxis is that bad !

Hello to my dearest readers (if there are still reading this blog)
Anyway , I was browsing Jeff Ooi’s site (yes , I am sorta following his blog ) and one article stumbled me and took my breath away – Maxis’ Broadband rant. I do recommend you to read his whole article and his thoughts in his blog . What caught me is that it seems that Maxis has still not improved their service . That is not something new , I thought that things would have changed , unfortunately its not. Oh , not to mention that I fully agree with Jeff Ooi on this matter that Maxis should not be doing triple-play , just solely focus on one – Voice . That’s enough. This what happens when a teleco tries to be an ISP and fails at it.
Anyway ,what concerns me most is the Maxis Latest Promtoion. I pretty much laughed when I first heard they came up with the whole music concept thingy. Marketing strategy i guess in order to win over people. For instance , Maxis did offer couple of bloggers a test drive of their Dell laptop + Maxis Broadband bundle and blog wherever they can and write up their experience (in other words , just tell how “great” is their service).  Just click here (or do a google search on maxis broadband and blogger). You’ll notice some positive reviews like it , done by people in order to get freebies. Not only that , I was surprised when maxis was promoting their redesigned modem (their limited edition music designs)

Wow - That looks appealing to some but for geeks and those who are looking for real broadband - is it certainly not !

My question is , shouldn’t be maxis focusing on expanding their Broadband and 3G Services by buying more International links and improvising their 3G/HSPDA services nationwide instead of doing such thing. My plea to maxis is that if you’re reading this (chances are yes – I do know) – Just improvise your broadband service , blocking ports and not allowing folks to play online MMORPG (I am not talking about latency here) during normal hours and only allowing it to be played from 1 am to 6 am isn’t the right way to do it as it would discourage people from registring your broadband
I do hope that you take this note and improve on your service. I am happy with P1 , eventhough they might have hiccups here and there. I do get a prompt reply from P1 staff on the issues which I’ve discussed with them via e-mail . Currently , I’ve taken a look at the port forwarding concept and it seems to be that they’ll be releasing the firmware soon – which is great and it puts a smile on gamers face as finally they can play and host games without a problem (or a hitch)
So Maxis , try to improvise your service. Oh yeah just to let my readers know – I am not going to buy the iPhone 3G at all as I think that its not worth it (the package) , as it seem to be overpriced.

Fuel Debate : Anwar Ibrahim VS Shabery Cheek & Our Public Transportation

I couldn’t think of a better title for this. Anyhow , I am not going to analyse  the whole thing. What disappoints me is that none of the politician did ever come up with a solution to control the roaring fuel prices in Malaysia. Honestly think , the debate was more of a fight rather then a debate , it was sort of like personal attack against Anwar Ibrahim and Shabery Cheek which I find it to be  interesting and entertaining to. 

A part of the Debate – You can pretty much find all the missing parts in YouTube itself !

Now what concerns me is that what is going to happen to us , I mean the average Malaysian. Our household income per annum is low compared to other countries , plus the soaring costs of living forces students such as myself to seek alternatives as well. But then , we do not have much alternatives here in Malaysia – i mean just take a look at our public transportation system for instance , its not as systematic and connected as Singapore. I mean to walk from one place to another – pfft it takes time  and plus some of the stations are connected remotely. Plus the joke is that its not integrated at all , suppose if i want to go to Bukit Bintang (home of Lowyat , Berjaya Times Square) , I would have to take a train from Taman Melati to KL Sentral and from KL Sentral (pathetic – its not even integrated – i’ll have to walk from KL Sentral to the KL Sentral monorail station and then from there I’ll have to take a monorail to Bukit Bintang). Sure , I might take a cab but then taxi drivers don’t not go according to the metre (- just great). some of you may disagree saying that you can get down from a putra lrt station and walk , but then doesn’t it defeat the purpose of having public transportation in the first place ?. Think about it. If you have been to Singapore , you’ll notice that their public transportation system are linked up properly and it is a world-class system. Anyhow , let us get back to our story – shall we. Okay , where was I , Uh yes , so there we go , we just need a better intergrated public transportation system in the KL area and PJ area. Do it properly and we are set. there is no use for us to use cars if the public transportation system is good.

Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)
Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)


SMRT - Singapores MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)
SMRT - Singapore's MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)

Suppose if they can’t do proper public transportation system due to the costs and other things , then the government should focus on reducing the import duty tax on foreign cars  vehicles which is crazy , 300% on foreign import vehicles – heh , thats madness. If they do reduce the tax , I am sure that hybrid cars will be afforable for all of us. Think about it. We can cut usage on petrol and it doesn’t burn a hole in our pocket as hybrid cars are way to go (long term investment).
Let us see how they implement the 9th Malaysian Plan. I do hope to see  that there would be an improvement towards the public transportation system here in Malaysia. Let us keep our fingers crossed and we hope to see a better Malaysia and also to protect our environment as well