Monthly Archives: May 2009

Road Block in Malaysia – CD Lovers Beware

Received This Mail From Friend And Forward This To You All

Road block in Malaysia- CD lover beware

Another Susathing for driving to Malaysia.  Please take care.

Please do not keep any pirated or burned CDs, DVDs, or VCDs in your car. Police and Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs Ministry’s enforcement division in Malaysiahave started the operation to search and fine anyone who keep pirated disc inside their car especially through road block at all main road and expressways.
If any pirated or burned disc found inside your car will be charged RM400 per disc.

Example 30 discs found means the fine will be RM12,000.

Shell to stop selling 92-octane fuel

The Straits Times reported that Shell will stop selling the budget fuel due to low demand in Singapore. Shell has already reduce the number of its stations selling 92-octane fuel.

Would this mean an extinction of the budget fuel in Singapore?

The Customers Association of Singapore (CASE) has voiced its concern that this action taken by Shell would spark off a domino effect on the other petrol companies in this cartelistic market. ExxonMobil and Caltex have both stated that they would continue to sell the budget fuel.

At this period when fuel prices are low (as compared to the peak it reached last year), the decision by Shell would likely be of limited disruption to Singaporean drivers.

According to a study by international automotive engineering institute SAE, “using a higher octane fuel can improve fuel economy by up to 4.3 per cent.” That was a research based on European vehicles. For Singapore models, Shell’s fuel technology manager (Asia Pacific) predicts that “drivers can expect a 2 per cent improvement in economy if they switch from 92 to 95 – if the car owner’s manual recommends 95 in the first place.”

Reference: The Straits Times (15 May 2009)

Electric Vehicles get Green Light in Singapore

The Singapore Government has recently decided to give electric vehicles (EV) a green light to be on the roads. It will invest S$20 million for a 3-year trial that will commence on 2010.

Electric Vehicles are not necessarily slow-moving, unsightly boxes. As demand for it increases, the design and functions become more optimised. For example, the Tesla Model S can seat 5 and has a huge boot. It reaches 100 km/h in less than 6 seconds. It can cover up to 480km on a single charge.

EVs can be started by just a single switch, instead of the normal key-turning crank on petrol/diesel cars. When stationary, EVs are silent. Just think of the electric buggy you sit on during golf session.

It is most likely that petrol pumps will soon have electric charging points for EVs. However, my feel is that it would not be sufficient to just have them there. I believe some smart entrepreneurs will see how these charging points can be installed at every HDB parking lots. This will be another booming business.

In the meantime, let’s sit back and wait for the verdict to be delivered in 2013.

Reference: The Straits Times (May 11 2009)