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Wednesday, July 06, 2005


i got a "notification of a traffic offence." just what i needed.

i stopped by a video store at a corner in jalan tok lam after i had my haircut. there was some space for parking right beside the store but that evening, it was full. so i parked right on the corner. it was close to nine on a school night in kuala terengganu and i was not going to stop traffic for parking there. who would care?

well, one traffic cop did care.

i was all too eager to watch the two movies as i drove off from the store. i hadn't seen "flatliners" (julia in her buck teeth days) and "heavy metal" (from 1981!). boy was i happy! then i noticed the piece of paper flapping under one of the windshield wipers. oh, shit! i pulled over and grabbed the paper. i couldn't see clearly what was printed or scrawled on the paper but i knew that it was bad news. bummer!

it says that i committed offence number 4. so, from the list on the back of the paper, number 4 states: "Meletakkan kereta kurang dari 30 kaki daripada selekoh." in italics it says "Parking within 30 feet of corner."

cars were triple-parked just fifty yards away at the tanjung bus terminal and the good cop picked me! nine p.m. on a school night in jalan tok lam in downtown kuala terengganu, for crying out loud!


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