Monday, 2 March 2009

As quick as lightning

I was at my parent's place in Singapore over the weekend. On Saturday evening, the TV news on Channel News Asia reported that the Merlion, the iconic tourist attraction located at the mouth of Singapore River, was struck by lightning. There was some damage to the top of the statue.


Last night, before driving back to JB, I again watched the news on TV. This time, CNA showed pictures of the statue with scaffolding already erected all around it. Wow... that was fast. Someone in authority had obviously issued directives that the damage be repaired immediately. And over the weekend at that. They sure waste no time, don't they?

Pic 2 : From Channel News Asia

It got me wondering, if such an incident were to happen in Malaysia, say for instance the Tugu Negara was damaged by lightning... how quick would our authorities act to get the damage repaired? One week? One month? Your guess is as good as mine.

While some of us may be amused by the well-known `scared to lose' attitude of our southern neighbour, we must admit that we trail them by a long way when it comes to efficiency.

5 comments:

Kak Teh said...

Oldstock, sad, isnt it? But that's the reality we face. I think people are now obsessed with other things. What appears in the media now makes very sad reading for us here.

hanitha said...

salam bro, dlm senario skrg nie, ngan serta merta kot dorang g repair.. ya la, nk tunjukkn "kesetiaan" ehehehhe...
klu tk, kena hempap la ngan tugu tu...
bak kata nabil "lu pikir la sendrik"

Oldstock said...

Kak Teh,

Yes, it is a bit sad to read about the political struggles in our country. But I'm confident enough that it will end soon. Sometimes we need to go through the bad to get to the better.

Oldstock said...

Salam Hanitha,

Kalau kat negeri kita, boleh cepat tapi dgn syarat... kena jawab soalan standard iaitu, `what's in it for me?'. Heheheh.

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