Thursday, July 26, 2007

Loyalty, ethics and self interest.

Just to relate an experience which I went through early this week.

My house needs a termite exterminator. So I called a nearby exterminator company and their representative came over. In fact that company has a e-mail address, and I wrote an e-mail to them the previous night. When I checked with them before noon on that day, the person answering the phone said that they have not received my e-mail. Well, fine I thought, maybe the e-mail really arrived late.

When the company representative came over, we related to him our concern of termites in the house. A nice young men he was, in the company’s uniform and he explained to us quite in detail what his company could do to exterminate termites. I was bored so I let my wife do the negotiation. When my wife explained to me later, I was surprised that he quoted a price for doing the extermination if his company does it and he quoted another price if the job was given to him privately. I was shocked. Where was his loyalty to the company? Where is the ethic of a person being entrusted by the company to negotiate a deal? Was he just being selfish? Or was he a young man who did not understand the concept of ethic and loyalty? Or was he just being selfish? Or is our society accepting such behaviour? A sad sad situation indeed! No wonder in some places corruption is rife.

After that I was quite reluctant to deal with him. I believe strongly in loyalty, and ethics in doing my job. Maybe the society accept such behaviour, so let it be. At 65, probably I am out of touch with reality.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Visit to Petrosains, PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur

I visited the PETRONAS Petrosains exhibition on Sunday. In KLCC Kuala Lumpur. I was impressed. Never have been there before. I thought I was just showing my nephew, but in the end I got the better of things.

People queuing, waiting to get in, via the railed bubble car.

On the way out, also whilst inside the railed bubble car, they show you these.

I would rate the visit as good. It was an experience for me.

The downside was that there were too many uncontrolled children from families who just come to the exhibition out of curiosity. Most of these children are below 10 years old, and they keep running about from one exhibit to another without real objective of knowing what exhibits were all about. They were not really learning anything objectively, but I suppose subjectively they have a very superficial views of what to expect in a petroleum industries. I would say that if the tour of the exhibits were planned properly, by a group of children lead by a Teacher, the visit would be very beneficial to those children. But I must commend the staff in the exhibition hall; they were knowledgeable and were very patients with those children who were running about in the exhibition halls from one exhibit to another, touching, trying their hands on and sometime even knocking some of the exhibits down.

Lunch time

Lunch time at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, last Sunday.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Wall Painting 2

Last week when I visited the site I missed some of the better wall paintings. And on passing that way today I saw them.

These are some of the elarged versions of the same wall paintings.

I wonder what these people were doing there. Local or foreigners?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wall paintings

I have seen glimpse of some wall paintings in Kuala Lumpur, and these are a few which I have managed to record. Not bad I thought.

Who made them, I haven't the slightest idea. The locations themselves tell us that these are ideas crated from the dark nights.

But there are other paintings, not of very good standard on various locations that I have come across.

I don't consider these as vandalism; there are people who want to express themselves, and these are the only locations where they find themselves ably to do so.