Posts Tagged ‘Transportation’

Malaysian passport 9th in the world for visaless travel according to Henley and Partners Visa Restriction Index

April 24th, 2014
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Our Malaysian passport is able to take us to 163 countries without the need for a visa. Quite an accomplishment, putting us into 9th place based on The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. You need to register (for free) to download the index (but you can also download it here [pdf format] since they have a poor of enforcing the registration process). Or if you are lazy, just refer to images below 🙂

 

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 1

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 1

 

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 2

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 page 2

 

We are tied with Malta for 9th place. Out of the 28 countries occupying top ten places, 20 are in Europe, and 6 in Asia+Australia+NZ. The remaining two are US and Canada. The worst 4 countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Pakistan which are accepted in between 28 and 36 countries only.

small caveat, this is based on data up to 2013 July 1st regulations.

It will be interesting to see an index of countries allowing visitors without visa. Wonder where we will stand.

 

 

Will LRT and MRT solve traffic jams?

February 21st, 2013
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For past few days, I’ve been driving to KL daily. Rain and the subsequent traffic crawls make me wonder if the upcoming LRT extension and MRT service will help alleviate the traffic problem.

In my opinion the new rails services may, at most, maintain the level of traffic jams. This is because these services are expected to run after 2015, by which we will see an addition of more than 1 million vehicles (more than 500,000 vehicles newly registered every year). A significant percentage of those will be in Klang Valley. Our roads are not expanding and you can’t expect people to leave their cars at home in view of the unpredictable weather conditions.

More importantly, how many will let go of the convenience and comfort of being in control of your vehicle, able to take detours or stop wherever you fancy? With connectivity a possible problem, it may not be feasible to take public transport if waiting time and accessibility is not good or up to expectation.

I wonder what is the plan beyond the next few years. Perhaps work on those plans should start now instead of waiting 5 more years.

I think we should buy few thousand buses for Klang Valley to obtain maximum coverage, and build more covered (rain-resistant) walkways. Probably cost a few billions but much cheaper than rail options. Buses that run on regular frequency and able to cover many areas will be useful. Need to relook at connectivity between cities as well. For example, how to go to from Puchong, Dengkil or Seri Kembangan to Putrajaya and how long does it take? How about Shah Alam to Puchong? As far as I know there’s no bus (or at least on short intervals) between these points whereas these are adjoining places. Obviously not all routes (examples as before) will make money, thus its better for government to run it rather than companies.

I seriously wonder if increasing public transport ridership to 50% will alleviate traffic jams, because the other 50% will be using personal vehicles, and that 50% will be a significant number of vehicles.

Is owning car cheaper compared to other countries over 5-year period?

October 18th, 2012
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Is it true that using our car for 5 years will be cheaper if compared to using same car overseas, due to fuel subsidy?

Let’s say car cost is RM80,000 while in overseas it costs an equivalent of RM60,000 (25% cheaper). Assume petrol price is RM3.40.  After subsidy the petrol is RM1.90 in Malaysia. Assuming your mileage per year is 25,000 km and fuel consumption is 17km/litre.

5 year subsidised = (25,000/17 x RM1.90) x 5 years = RM15,833.37

5 year unsubsidised = (25,000/17 x RM3.40) x 5 years = RM28,333.39

Cheaper car price + subsidised petrol price 5 years = 80k + 15.6k = RM95.6k

Expensive car price + unsubsidised petrol price 5 years = 60k + 28.3k = RM88.3k.

So, with unsubsidised fuel price, the cost is cheaper by RM7k.

The above depends on car price difference, fuel consumption, petrol price subsidy amount. For example, in Thailand, car prices are lower between 30 and 40% while its about the similar in Indonesia and Philippines. Fuel is not subsidised in Thailand.

The actual cost of owning a vehicle also need to consider insurance, road tax, maintenance cost,  and loan rates in addition to car price and fuel price.

The above is just a simple example I created after I heard the following mentioned by PM:

Najib also insisted that middle class Malaysians do reap indirect benefits from government policies, through subsidies such as for RON95 petrol.

“Although we pay slightly more (for car purchases) initially, but because of the large amount of subsidies, you end up paying much less than your counterpart after five years of use,” he said.

source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/speak-malay-pm-tells-chinese-community/

AES camera location maps part 2

October 1st, 2012
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This is continuation from Part 1, with the balance 7 locations mapped. These 7 cameras are in the Klang Valley region. Click on the images for larger versions and refer the GREEN arrow.

08-KL Seremban Highway

KM D7.7 Sungai Besi [GPS: 03.05085, 101.70506]

09-Putrajaya

Jalan Persiaran Timur, Putrajaya [GPS: 02.94313, 101.71394]

10-PLUS Kajang

Km 301.9, Kajang PLUS Highway [GPS: 02.97565, 101.74259]

11-Putrajaya

Jalan Lebuh Sentosa, Putrajaya [GPS: 02.94656, 101.68422]

12-SKVE Puchong-Kajang

Km 6.6 Jalan Kajang/ Puchong, SKVE [GPS: 02.973157, 101.685212]

13-Old Klang Road

Old Klang Road [GPS: 03.085617, 101.673319]

14-Jalan Ipoh

Jalan Ipoh, KL [GPS: 03.177469, 101.686805]

AES camera location maps part 1

October 1st, 2012
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The following locations were derived based on the list at JPJ website. This is only for the first 14 cameras installed so far.  The first 7 cameras are in the northern region (Perak). Click on the images for larger versions  and refer the GREEN arrow.

01-Teluk Intan

 KM 7 Jalan Maharajalela Teluk Intan [GPS: 3.97649, 100.98882]

02-PLUS Tanjung Malim

 KM 376, L/Raya PLUS – Slim River [GPS: 3.84434, 101.40277]

03-Changkat Jering

KM 91 Jalan Ipoh -Butterworth [GPS: 4.78145, 100.73517]

04-Jalan Sungkai-Tapah

KM 85.5 Jalan Ipoh – Kuala Lumpur [GPS: 3.9657, 101.3270]

05-PLUS Taiping

KM 205.6 Taiping Utara [GPS: 4.90453, 100.66797]

06-Sungai Siput

KM 26 Jalan Ipoh – Kuala Kangsar [GPS: 4.81681, 101.07807]

Jalan Pasir Putih (Berhampiran TNB) [GPS: 4.5817, 101.0820]

View the other 7 locations (Klang Valley) at Part 2.