Wide Tyres

March 30, 2007 at 11:15 p03 (Random Observations)

wide tyres, originally uploaded by See Fei.

Just installed some wide tyres on my ride and was testing it out at some rough terrain in the west of little dot. Before i even get the chance to sniff the smell of burning rubber, the wheels got stuck in the ground. i was so embarassed, i could have jumped into the sea. Lucky there was no one around.

Despite the advanced network of roads and highways, I guess there are still places in this little island that you are not suppose to go with your family saloon. Maybe it is time to get one of those fuel guzzling SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)…

While you are still squinting at the photo to pick up those stuff in the background, see whether you can identify the the followings…

under-construction oil rig platform, navy ship repair yard, rubbish incineration plant and
oil tank farm, in that order.



  1. wuching said,

    aiyo! why u drive ur car in the mud! not 4wd leh!

    4f: tot wide tires = 4wd performance ;-(

  2. Walter said,

    Reminds me of my army days when we drove the Mercedes Recce Jeep to those muddy and swampy areas at Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Khatib Bongsu and others. Getting bogged down was quite common, and we used rocks, tree trunks and pebbles as traction to get the vehicle out. Of course, that was a real 4WD with a huge kickass engine…

    4f: walter, tks for dropping by!

    the undercarriage of my car is too low to attempt diy self-extraction. lucky got a tractor nearby to haul it out!!

  3. Maverick said,

    Hahaha… it’s not the tyre. It’s the soft ground; nothing to do with your driving but your understanding of the ground condition.

    Good try. Michael Schumacher of Singaland.

    4f: gua more like michael tak-laku lah!!

  4. velverse said,

    So what happen next? Is your car okay?

    4f: no prob, was rescued after 3 hours stuck there!!

    Nice car you have there btw.

    4f: tenkiu!!

  5. Ex-2177 said,

    whr exactly is this mud pit in the west of this red dot? gonna rev my SUV there next time 2 verify the promises in the car brochure….else gonna get my $$ back from the car salesgal period

    4f: if u fancy will give you a personal tour of de locale!! u know i can drive 😉

  6. rek said,

    Of the 30 richest people in Malaysia, only 8 are malays. One is Indian and the rest are Chinese.

    12 billionaires in the list and only two are malays.

    36 years of NEP and still more Chinese billionaires and millionaires.

    What else does the government have to do so that our malay brethren can catch up!

    So all they can do is blame the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore for keeping them down.

    Anyway for 22 years the twisting Mamak tried his level best to bring Singapore to its knees. He couldn’t. So now he thinks the Thais can do it. And he is egging them.

    Poor soul. He will never see Singapore on its knees.

  7. fargoman said,

    In very recent times, the starting date for the study of Malaysia history in the schools has been conveniently fixed around 1400 CE. It probably coincides with the founding of the Sultanate of Malacca by Parameswara.

    Today, Malaysia school children only learn a little bit about the early Proto malays and then are conveniently taken on a historical quantum leap to the founding of Malacca.

    Early Indian works speak of a fantastically wealthy place called Savarnadvipa, which meant “land of gold”. This mystical place was said to lie far away, and legend holds that this was probably the most valid reason why the first Indians ventured across the Bay of Bengal and arrived in Kedah around 100 BC.

    Apart from trade, the early Indians brought a pervasive culture, with Hinduism and Buddhism sweeping through the Indo-Chinese and malay archipelago lands bringing temples and Indian cultural traditions. The local chiefs began to refer to themselves as “rajahs” and also integrated what they considered the best of Indian governmental traditions with the existing structure.

    I learnt Malaysia history in the 1950s and taught it in the 1960s and 1970s in secondary schools. All the history textbooks at the time had the early Indian connection specifically mentioned in them. Teachers of that period taught about the early Indianised kingdoms of Langkasuka, Srivijaya and Majapahit that existed from as early as 100 CE.

    Anyone can see that Parameswara, the founder of Malacca, has a clearly give away name that points to the Indian/Hindu influence. No one can deny this, and all our children need to know about this. They have the fundamental right to learn about this aspect of our history too.

    Why don’t our children learn about these early Indian connections today? It needs mention here that this early Indian connection has nothing to do with the much later cheap Indian “coolie” labour influx that the British brought over to man the railways and plantations of Malaysia from the late 19th century onwards.

    The malay language as we know it today is already fully impregnated and enriched with many foreign words. This is good. Malay therefore has been a bahasa rojak from early times itself.

    Rojak itself (and also cendul) is a Malaysia food developed by an Indian Malayalee Muslim community known as the Malabaris who hailed from Kerala. They were also referred to as kakas. We now wrongly credit the Penang mamaks for this great food.

    The very word “Melayu” itself is most probably of Indian origin from the words “Malai Ur”, which means land of mountains in Tamil. Singapur, Nagapur and Indrapur are very common Indian names that have similar backgrounds.

    The early Indians were probably inspired by the main mountain range that looks like a backbone for the malay peninsula and thus named it Malaiur. The word “Malai” is undoubtedly Indian in origin as is the case with the word Himalayas and we all know where it is situated.

    Many malay words, from describing malay royalty (Seri, Raja, Maha, etc) and common everyday terms (suami, kerana, dunia, cuma, bakti), all have Indian connections. The undeniable Indian connection in the word Indonesia is also reflected in the name itself.

    The Indian factor that influences even the prevailing malay culture in terms of music, food, dress and certain other everyday practices like betel chewing and bersanding is another thing over which a loud hush prevails. Why?

    Such knowledge of the roots of this great country, be they Indian, Chinese, Arab or whatever, can indeed very strongly facilitate the ongoing efforts of the government to make our children think of themselves as Bangsa Malaysia more easily and more readily.

  8. aston said,

    Of the 30 richest people in Malaysia, only 8 are malays. One is Indian and the rest are Chinese.

    12 billionaires in the list and only two are malays.

    36 years of NEP and still more Chinese billionaires and millionaires.

    What else does the government have to do so that our malay brethren can catch up!

    So all they can do is blame the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore for keeping them down.

    Anyway for 22 years the twisting Mamak tried his level best to bring Singapore to its knees. He couldn’t. So now he thinks the Thais can do it. And he is egging them.

    Poor soul. He will never see Singapore on its knees.

  9. kok said,

    It is the racial division in all facets of the government’s racially-based policies that has led and, unfortunately, is still forcing non-malay Malaysians to head for overseas for better opportunities in all fields.

    I left Malaysia about 20 years ago. I left not because the economy was in a bad shape. It was in a good shape! In fact, I would have done better if I had stayed behind. I left because I was fed up with the divisive racial-based policies of the government that I experienced since as long as I could remember. And I felt there was no way I could change the system.

    When I was in lower secondary at a government-aided school, I was wondering why only the Chinese pupils had to buy textbooks and pay the monthly school fees. Some others had it all free. I didn’t know the rationale then but could only envy them.

    Later on, I was surprised when two malay classmates were selected to proceed to do the then Higher School Certificate (Form Six then) though I had far superior academic results than both of them. I missed the selection.

    Every Monday morning we stood shoulder to shoulder at the school assembly and sung the same national anthem with the same gusto and yet we were treated differently. Again, I couldn’t understand all that.

    I had, at great expense to my parents, to do my HSC at a private college before embarking on my tertiary education overseas (you guessed it right – I was rejected by the local universities).

    Upon my return, I found to my great disappointment that nothing had changed and that the malay and non-malay concept was still firmly entrenched in all aspects of government policies.

    I didn’t want my children to compete in such an unfair environment. I wanted them to have ‘a fair go’ especially in education. For this reason, I left Malaysia. This was the same reason that drove so many well educated, multi skilled non-malay Malaysians to leave.

    Malaysia simply can’t afford to lose so many highly educated, highly skilled non-malays. Other countries will only be too happy to welcome them. Just imagine the benefits they stand to gain without having to outlay any costs to train them.

    If Malaysia is to survive competitively at the international level, it has to seriously reassess its racially motivated policies. The polices have failed to uplift the well-being of the malays with the exception of the well-connected elite group.

    Admission to all local tertiary courses, the appointments to public office, the tendering of contracts, etc, have to be based solely on merit not along racial lines. Public scholarship to higher studies should be likewise too.

    Malaysia’s future is at stake.

  10. yuking said,

    If we read the Malaysia Federal Constitution of 1957, we will not find the word “bumiputera” – hence some would say the origin of the word is grounded in the political agenda of some politicians to discriminate against citizens not of malay ethnicity.

    In short there is no constitutional legitimacy in the use of the term “bumiputera” except for its purpose which is to discriminate for the sake of discriminating.

    Some fifty years after independence from the British, the demographic profile of its population has changed. Most of the Chinese/Indians today are no longer foreign born, and through the principle of “jus soli” (Latin meaning “right of the soil”) are citizens by birth.

    The word “bumiputera” (Sanskrit meaning “son of the soil”) which came into popular use after the riots of 1969, is a convenient term not grounded in the science of anthropology but in the politics of race – in other words its use is a convenient invention by malay politicians and malay leaders to justify the policies of Umno which dominated the ruling alliance, which came to be known as the New Economic Policy (NEP).

    It could have been called “The Great Affirmative Action Policy” but the architects of the NEP are visionary leaders whose motives go beyond affirmative action.

    It is not a coincidence that post-1969 saw the rise of business oriented leaders in Umno and the political demise of the malay school teachers whose hold over power in the party suffered a setback. The labeling is important as events many years later are to demonstrate to us that more is envisaged rather than just affirmative action.

    Let there only be one class or let Malaysia be a nation of the “classless”. Malaysians do not need a caste system like we find in India.

    Enough is enough. The word “bumiputera” creates a class of Malaysians based not on ethnicity but on some dubious criteria with religion factored into it.

    It is conceptualized for the convenience of policy makers who rode on the wave of malay nationalism unleashed after May 13, 1969 to maintain their position of power and influence.

    The faster we do away with the word “bumiputera” the better it will be. The use of the term “bumiputera” post-1969, I submit, has less to do with affirmative actions but more to do with politicians who see in it the opportunity to maintain their hold over power.

    It is time power be handed over to a fresh breed of Malaysians who think less in terms of Malay, Indian and Chinese or “bumiputera” and “non-bumiputera” but more in terms of Malaysians of different ethnic descent.

    But let us not lose our perspective. The United States has been independent for more than 200 years but is still today struggling with racism. Malaysia is still politically a toddler learning to walk. Success is about what happens when we fall rather than in the walking.

  11. tim said,

    Got NEP, you complain! Abolish NEP, you make noise!

    Become Ali Baba, you lament! Ask you to work hard, you don’t want!

    And you keep on blaming other communities for everything!

    “Pathetic” is the word my malay friends!

  12. maggielurva said,

    bro, you got spammed or what???!!

    4f: when did my blog become a political platform?

  13. Simple American said,

    If you keep driving there you will definitely need something. Wanna borrow my Chevy Avalanche? I call it the Cub Scout War Machine from when I was the Cub Master for my son’s post.

    4f: ship da war machine over, SA! but with gasoline price so high here probably can only afford to run that monster a couple of mile down the road…:-)

    So did you have to get help to get out of that?

    4f: i got a crawler tractor to haul it out.

  14. Leonard said,

    wahhhh.. tyre so muddy and yet white car body still so clean. superb drifting skills!

    4f: best comment so far! i really “drifted” there, not stuck ok?! giving up his petrol guzzling for the boring toyota corolla.

  15. Mick said,

    Eh? I thought you bought a Toyota Belta? You mean you got 2 cars? 1 Hyundai Sonata and a Toyota Belta? Sonata consumes much more petrol than Belta heh?

    4f: i got only one car. now is still the sonata. my toyota axio will come when i get the coe.

  16. C. Doodle said,

    My guess is…you’re somewhere near Far East Livington yard and Jurong Shipyard.

    4f: yup yup…. how come you know? you come here for “curi makan” often?

    By the way, what you need is a half track and not broad tyres! LOL

    4f: 🙂

  17. Mick said,

    Corolla Axio would definitely be a better car than the Sonata in terms of fuel-efficiency and pick up power 🙂

    4f: certainly hope so. but cant seem to get COE leh. this is my 4th time trying. guaranteed COE upon 4th time bidding!!

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