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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

no sens

yet again, the 'no-change' business reared its nasty behind.

i was at the Transnasional ticket counter. it was the only counter at the downtown terminal that stayed open after 8 pm. of course, none of the three Transnasional employees behind the counter was going to ask the person next door for the change. so they asked me whether i had fifty sen or one ringgit. i checked inside my wallet. there were plenty of fifty notes, a single ten and forty sens. i flashed my wallet to the guy in front of me and then showed him the only coins that i got. again he asked if i had a one ringgit. he just had to be certain that i was not lying? i left him with a fifty and asked him to give me a second. i walked back to my car and asked my wife for fifty sens AND one ringgit!

i paid thirty ringgits forty sen for the ticket and another ten sen for insurance. for a second i thought that there was a mistake. just a few months ago, the ticket was twenty six something. then i remembered watching the news about bus operators hiking their ticket prices because of the recent increase in fuel price. there had been eight fuel price increases in the last five years. other petroleum based products were also affected, blah blah blah. so, the bus people insisted that it was high time for them to increase their ticket prices too. o-kay.

i've had just two increases in my pay since the time i started working here over five years ago. in all those times, i've had to pay ever increasing bus fares. and now, i have to ensure that i provide enough change whenever i pay for the tickets because it's not the bus folks' business to do so since they are actually doing me a huge favor by providing the buses that enable me to go visit my mother every so often!

"We move the nation", it says in their website. yep! they sure got that right. it's us who have to move back and forth while they sit flat-assed on their nasty butts unable to provide even the most basic of things!


Blogger Eye of the Storm said...

and the petrol price increase rears its ugly head again. 20 more sen per litre. which means i will have to fork out another 10 ringgits from my shrinking wallet to fill up my tank each time. and i thought we produce oil.

1:30 AM

Blogger naxeri said...

i never realized it until i moved here but the price of petrol is a few cents more than what you pay in KL. the oil is drilled just off the coast of this state. then it gets piped to PD, a stone's throw away from my mother's backyard, to be processed. then it is trucked back here for profit. what nice economy we have!

8:26 AM

Blogger Eye of the Storm said...

so no sens becomes no sense then! :)

10:07 AM


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