I am writing this 300 km from Kuala Lumpur, away from the MSC, away from the hustle and bustle. I am not at starbuck. No mat and minah bangsar is in sight. The API index is under the “healthy” category. Traffic volume : 1 kancil or a proton iswara or a kapcai every 10 minutes or so. Wild tekukur and merbuk leading the ensemble provide the background music with the occasional cockadooling of the bapak ayam taking charge of his ayam lacur.
I can still get wriggly semilang laut. My forefathers named this place BAGAN for a reason. It is famous for its “parang” and Udang kertas. You get the occassional lobsters too. In 1893 our ancestors, the orang-orang kaya Bagan, funded the opening of the town of Batu Pahat yet we got our electric supply only in 1977 and our telephone line in the eighties. The price for being loyal UMNOITES.
We are connected to CNN and BBC world. We have been having ASTRO for years but nothing compares to being connected at 100Mbps fibre optic and being able to do this under the durian tree (it is not in season). PJ, that snail copper wire fiefdom with a new mayor, would have to think hard how to live up to the developed state status.
Last Eid, the kids were using the land line. The phone bill came to more than RM 1000 for the 7 day stay hiatus. I wanted to but I could not complain as that was part of the deal for the kids not to pester me to cut short the eid break.
I told this to Z that big gun at TM. The original six-pillar dwelling is 146 years old, the 39-pillar new addition being 116 years. He got excited!!! Can I do a TM advert on streamyx at your location? he asked . I did not tell him that it is no ordinary kampong house.