Malacca’s China made monorail and cheap Korean nuclear reactors

I am worried after reading the following news. China could made from rockets, bullet-trains, cars, atomic energy used electricity factories BUT, quality? Everybody with the right mind knows.

Korea made may be a little bit better. But they are also new comers. Physical appearance and quantity may be same and cheaper. But quality wise, I don’t wish to write.

If we have enough money or even if not enough yet, if we could arrange for the credit payment, we need to think about the quality, safety, durability etc. When I was young, in the 60’s I witnessed my father buying car accessories for our cars, Jeep, Dodge and Chevrolets, all were old cars but my father refused to even look at the Japanese spare parts, he always insists on made in USA spare parts. No wonder his cars were tip top and travelled on the very rough terrains of the SSS or Southern Shan State. They used to go to Maymyo, Mandalay, Shwebo, Monya, Myingyan in the hot dry rough area, some even looks like semi-deserts. 

After fascination with so called cheap sales in the early 80’s in Malaysia, we learned that the of the sales are CHEAT sales. Marked up the price 100% and later reduced 50% and the price was almost the same. And most of the sales items were old model, old fashion or with factory defects or left over old stocks with stains or other numerous problems. So instead of buying the unnecessary things at the sale, we would buy when we need only. We could even bargain because it is not a sale with fixed price. And we got the luxury of choosing from several different brands from different outlets.

And we never buy just to get the presents or other offers or for other attractions.

 Source Star newspaper:

MALACCA: Barely two months after its grand launch to mark Malacca’s developed state status, the city’s RM15.9mil monorail line has ground to a halt owing to a host of problems.

Launched on Oct 20, the monorail has been idle for a month after developing problems with its wheels and software system.

The China-made monorail line, spanning 1.6km from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Malacca River, is part of the state’s aim to tap the potential of the river as a tourist attraction.

 Project under scrutiny: The monorail line is part of Malacca’s aim to tap the potential of the river as a tourist attraction.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam had launched the system to mark the recognition of Malacca as a developed state, 10 years ahead of the national Vision 2020.

Hours after the launch, however, a coach with some 20 passengers stalled about 100m from the Hang Jebat station.

Operator Menara Taming Sari Sdn Bhd used a skylift to rescue the stranded passengers.

The project is a joint venture between the Malacca Historic City Council and state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd.

The Tourism Ministry has approved an additional RM13.2mil for the monorail phase two extension project under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

On Thursday, a visibly upset Mohd Ali said four engineers from China were trying to iron out the problems affecting the monorail.

“Some screws keep breaking and the rims of the wheels had to be replaced.

“We hope the engineers will be able to fix it within a week,” he told reporters after closing a refresher course for National Service trainers at Permata Resort Camp in Alor Gajah.

He said if the monorail continued to face problems, the state government would not buy additional monorails from China for the proposed extension project and would, instead, source them from Europe.

Menara Taming Sari chief executive officer Nazry Ahmad admitted the monorail had been out of service due to “several technical and mechanical problems”.

“We have been facing problems with the monorail on and off since it was launched. It is now closed to the public,” he said yesterday.

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has expressed interest in tapping into South Korea’s expertise in operating smart or small scale nuclear reactors as a cleaner source of energy.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said South Korea was globally acknowledged as a leader in the field of green technology including the safe operation of nuclear reactors.

“We would like to look at South Korea’s strength in green and renewable energy, as well as alternative technology, especially in operating smart nuclear reactors,” he said at a joint press conference with South Korean president Lee Myung-bak here yesterday.

“I explained to the Prime Minister the safety, efficiency and reliability of Korean nuclear reactors and I have invited him to come for a visit next year to see for himself how reliable it is,” he said.

The two leaders earlier held a bilateral meeting and witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and the MoU on the foresight and R&D evaluation performance between the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).

They also witnessed the signing of the MoU on joint promotion efforts in bio-technology and bio-fuels between Malaysia Bio­technology Corporation Sdn Bhd (Biotechcorp) and Korea Energy Management Corporation (Kemco).

Najib said discussions also touched on working together to explore markets in third countries overseas by taking advantage of Malaysia’s excellent links in certain parts of the world and Korea’s technological advancements.

“We also agreed we should encourage investment between our two countries particularly in getting Korean companies already present in Malaysia to increase their level of reinvestment here,” he said.

He said both countries would also look into further enhancing economic cooperation by signing a separate Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to complement the existing Asean-Korean FTA.

Najib said there had been a 34% increase in bilateral trade between Malaysia and South Korea this year that saw trade jump to US$16bil (RM50.3bil).


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