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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHALLENGES 20 YEARS AGO

I was recently recalling back the memories of 20 years ago, when first came to work in KL. Those days just a fresh young starter. No car to drive to work. No such thing as building up career because I don't have privilege to even think about that! I only work and earns to survive and help my family financially.

My greatest challenges in KL those days was commuting to work and other places. Not sure whether any of you remember that MADNESS PINK COLOR MINI BUS? I don't see that anymore.

I was one of those 'lucky' one who risked life and limb sit...errrkkk..mostly stand pack like overloaded sardines in the can. It sounds absurd. That notorious pale pink mini bus brought me to places.

Same goes with shabby, run down and smelly Metro Bus. Did I mentioned the anger management issue and high competitive driver too?

I have few bitter sweet experience with those two transportation.

STUNT WOMAN


I have chance risking my life standing by the edge of the staircase while the maniac driver not sure whether those driver was sober while driving over the road concrete slab to avoid the staggering, infuriating and miserable crawl along KL roads. Serious! I feel like a 'Stunt Girl' risking my life to go to work. No BB or CC Cream. We only have liquid foundation. By the time I reached office my dark skin became darker ever with all dusk sticking on my face. Am I ready to work. By the time I reach work place, even my dress look like a crumple paper. Haihhhhhh...this is the time most people like me wish to be born in rich or at least well to do family. isk isk isk..

EMERGENCY LANDING


Gosh! super embarrassing for this one. Most of the time end up standing on this bus. I end up landing on one old man lap when the bus did the emergency brake. Aihhhhh!!! That old man screamed like one big hyppo just fall to his lap. Ishhhh... like I am going to get down at the next stop. But still long way to go. Got up and pull straight face . Say sorry and pretend nothing happen. Haihhhh...no choice!

SLEEPY HEAD


Most of the time I will board the bus at very early morning to go to work to avoid late comers penalty. So I was like forcing myself to wake up as early as 5:00am sometimes even at 4:00am to get on the first bus. Most of the time I end up sleeping while the bus waiting for other passenger to board in before start the day. This is in Metro bus. There was one time when the fares collector came to me ..I blurted out something that made me wanna get down the bus for instant or even wish to turn back time. 

I said...'One Ice Lemon Tea'! You know what reply I gotten from that fares collector at that time?

"Sis! do you need 'Roti Telur' too?" Everybody in the bus laugh like mad at me ! WTH

Haihhhh...this is the time I wish to bury my head down in the ground like an ostrich!

ENDLESS WAITING


Most of the public transport those day was not even on schedule. Travelling back home after work is like pain to my leg. Its like endless waiting. I woke at very early in the morning and end up reach home like almost midnight just because of that poor ethic of the driver plus the traffic crawl. Madness!!!! Earn for a living those days seriously hard at least for me.

SMELLY FEAST


Some people less concern on surrounding and end up board the bus without even wash themselves. Haihhhhhh... you imaging end up standing under smelly armpit fella. Yuckkkksss!!!!  I am not that tall woman myself. It seriously a smells galore with a blend of smoke and sweat. I could describe my expression was like stinks to "high heavens"!

At this time, I wish somebody could invent some spray to neutralizing this bad odor.

MOLESTER HAVEN


DOM or Dirty Old Man and those 'sex manic' was like everywhere and everyday.If you are not careful you will feel the hand squeezing your breast or even a hard erected willy behind your back. Ewwwwww!!! For woman just beware and act rough. I guess my strong character helps with this. 


LONG  JOURNEY


Remember when 'Hari Raya' coming! I will be queuing even before 'Fasting Month' start just for bus ticket to go back home. There was one time the original bus which suppose to bring back home change to school bus. I bought express bus ticket. End up travel for more than 6 hours to reach home town in Taiping. Seriously the bus I board is just a regular yellow school bus. No air conditioning which left me baking hot in the bus The seat was like taking the horse ride. But to slower one. Not to mentioned the window got stuck and couldn't close during rainy day. Haihhhhh....the most tiring journey ever.

The Metro buses suppose to replace that terrifying mini buses. Unfortunately, no changed to commuters at all. The driver was like grumpy ex grand prix driver who drive like a 'kamikaze' style. Not to mentioned the horrible bus system too. If one took the wrong bus, one will end in Kepong when the original destination to Damansara.

I have fond memories of the nerve-jangling bus rides those days. When I was stuck in traffic jam while driving and saw those people who ride the bus, it remind me on those days.

I paid between RM0.60 to RM1.00 for bus fares. These days the fares much higher than that. Do you think the condition is far better? LRT and MRT? Do you think this transportation are any good with fares they charged? Will MRT solve the traffic problem?

What is your experience? Mind sharing?


33 comments:

  1. AGREE!! actually Malaysia public transport still way more to improve...sigh...

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  2. I like singapore public transport...very convenient to anywhere!! Hope Malaysia public transport can improve...

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  3. Hahaha! You're so funny ahaha
    One of the perks of travelling- I get to experience these experiences in other countries since I was a toddler 20 years ago. We all have a long way to go, but I always try to make it a point to feel grateful for the development that have come.

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  4. The mini bus? Yup I do remember and I bet I won't dare to have a ride on it now if it is still exist lol.
    It is certainly part of our growing memories now. :)

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    1. Haiihhh! lucky you. Either you still a toddler or not conceive yet! hehehe This mini bus mainly for old school like me.

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  5. i remember the cushion of the chair fell off when I sat on it..

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    1. Yayaya..I remember that too Ailyn. I also experience that

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  6. Few years back ~ I think around 7 years ago
    I experienced to be stunt women before and molester haven as well

    There was 1, the bus broke down, and we have get off from the bus to wait for the other bus
    end up waited for 1 hour, no bus come around and I decided to walk home
    But while walking, i need to walk for another hour, and I was carrying so many things

    What a bad day...hahaha

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    1. True! that was the time most of us will become super grumpy!

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  7. I dont think Malaysia public transport is good. Now Kotaraya bus full of foreigner . When you take LRT, those people will purposely squeeze near to you. I hate this.

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    1. I long time never go there. The last time was like many years ago and I got stop by policeman to check my Id. Damn! I am Malaysian. Just because too many foreigner there....sampai orang sendiri also cannot recognise edi.

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  8. i agree with the endless waiting and long travelling time. that's why driving in malaysia is still a better choice :)

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  9. same issue about the foreigners in sg ... our own transport service has been declining
    the molest issues are also happening .

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  10. Yes I have also experienced this when I was in primary school! I remember the mini bus packed like sardins!

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  11. Agree! That was what I experienced whenn I was in secondary school!

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  12. LOL.. I do so agree... you have a great memory and to compile all these.. but stinky armpits still happen everywhere.. even at events.. some people think their sweat and armpits smell very nice...

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  13. I used to take public transport when I was in secondary school, but now not anymore.

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  14. I miss those Bus Mini from years ago, they actually get you to your destination on time. These days, it takes 4 hours for a bus to show up in my area when it was supposed to be every 30 minutes.

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  15. Really agree with this article. Public transport back in the day was more reliable. Nowadays you cant even count on it, sigh...

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  16. I remember taking the mini bus following my mum or grandma to the city for some shopping (usually household stuff). My grandma would make me ask strangers for directions coz she gets lost herself apadaaa! I remember the no-aircond days but as we usually take the bus on weekends, not so crowded la but kesian my mum have to take the bus to work like you everyday. Until now she takes the bus but with the LRT in place, the tranport system is much better. I like taking the LRT off peak hours!

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  17. I miss taking bus when I am small when we don't have any transport of our own. It was a great memory though =D

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  18. sigh...our public transport system really a lot more to improve to provide convenience to all of us...I really hope at least our LRT system is more connected similar to Singapore
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  19. Well, I take public transport quite often too. Usually to places that are always jam and parking are expensive such as KLCC and Bukit Bintang area. As long as we don't hit the rush hour it should be ok.

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  20. I am sure that taking public transport 20 years back was a challenge and it was only mean of transport when people don't own a car. I find Singapore is very well connected in this manner.

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  21. we have long way to go. i really hope the transport system can be improved, so that not every Malaysian needs to own a car.

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  22. i think still many people that use public transport has to go through the same experience

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  23. I took public transport to school (during secondary school time)
    there are so many samseng in the bus, they keep kacau and moles those girls...
    Arghhh!

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  24. Yes! I am so agree. Government should seriously take care and improve the public transport. I think it worst comparing with before. It's just so insecure sometime. :(

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  25. I always rant on social media about how f*cked up the transportation system here in Malaysia, Cindy. I feel your sentiments. But I really hate driving and pay for parking, so I take Uber instead. It is pretty convenient.

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  26. Those were the days, now travel around the city with public transport is much better already :)

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