Monday, January 17, 2011

Malaysia Florist sales to be up

Malaysia Florist sales to be up

Yep, with Valentine's Day coming and Chap Goh Mei, Malaysia Florist will have higher demand. Strangely got one or two inquiries for flowers from my website! Unfortunately I don't supply flowers.


Rosy month ahead for florists
Monday January 17, 2011

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The demand for flowers, especially roses, is expected to triple in February due to the Chinese New Year celebrations on Feb 3 and Valentine's Day on Feb 14.

This is a welcome development for flower growers in Cameron Highlands who are geared up to meet the expected increase in demand, especially flowers for Valentine's Day which will pick up a better price.

Tiew Hui Ree, a florist at the Kea Farm here said the price of roses had increased four-fold ahead of Valentine's Day, with local roses being sold at RM15 a dozen compared with the usual RM5.

The price of carnations had doubled compared with recent years, Tiew, 43, added.

Most of the local roses are sold in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor.

"The market has experienced a high demand for roses and other flowers since the beginning of this month," she said, adding that the demand was expected to peak a week before Chinese New Year.

Another florist Vaani Supiah, said she is looking forward to the double celebrations as many would just buy without bargaining for a lower price.

She said sales last February were a bit dull because both Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day fell on the same day.

They are now gearing up to face a busy February not only with the expected increase in demand but also with the arrival of tourists to the highland resort due to the long weekend break for the Chinese New Year. — Bernama

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cameron Highlands bus crash probe, six months to gather findings

Bus crash: Six months to come up with findings

SERDANG: The independent inquiry board probing the double-decker bus crash in Cameron Highlands has six months to come out with its findings, which may have a nationwide impact.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi, who is chairing the board, said the first two months would be spent investigating the technical and legal aspects of the Dec 20 crash, which left 28 people dead.

The next four months would be used for coming out with a structured report concerning all public transport and heavy vehicle operations in Malaysia.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Human error blamed in fatal bus crash

Human error blamed in fatal bus crash
Wednesday January 12, 2011

IPOH: An accident involving a high-decked bus that crashed on its way down from Cameron Highlands last month is due to human error and not caused by an oil spill on the road as speculated earlier.

State Infrastructure Committee chairman Datuk Ramly Zahari said police investigations showed human error was the reason for the crash which killed 28 people.

"Claims that the accident was caused by an oil spill on the road are just assumptions," he told reporters after visiting the accident site near here yesterday.

Safety measure: Ramly (right) and Perak Public Works Department director Datuk Dr Safry Kamal Ahmad inspecting a new road divider that was put up at the accident site Tuesday.
Safety measure: Ramly (right) and Perak Public Works Department director Datuk Dr Safry Kamal Ahmad inspecting a new road divider that was put up at the accident site Tuesday.

He said although the accident was caused by human error, the state government would improve the physical condition of the road at the accident site.

"We will be asking the state government to approve another RM200,000 to enhance the safety aspect at the road which would include widening a 100m stretch," he said.

"A groove will also be built before the accident site to warn motorists to slow down," Ramly said.

He added that the works would be completed in a month.

Ramly said installing multiple warning signs and solar-powered street lamps were among the measures that had been done immediately after the bus crash. -- The Star

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Rectify Simpang Pulai Cameron Highlands road KM15

Rectify black spot at KM15
Saturday January 8, 2011

I AM a frequent visitor to Cameron Highlands and am saddened by the Dec 20 bus tragedy in which 28 people died, the worst in the country.

The horrific tour bus accident along KM15 of the Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands road set many authorities enquiring into the licensing conditions for tour operators and commercial vehicles, the competency of the driver and whether the company complied with the conditions of the permit.

There were calls for a Royal Commission to examine and seek to determine, among other things, whether there was any defect in road design, so it could be improved on.

That stretch of road is a well-known "black spot". The crash occured just 500m from where an express bus plunged into a ravine on Dec 23, 2004, killing 15 people and injuring 17 others.

I would like to point out another "killer stretch", at KM27, a dangerous spot with sharp bends that needs to be rectified before any accident happen.

In view of the coming Chinese New Year and with more tourists planning their holidays up there, prevention is better than cure.

Subsequent to the 2004 crash, the stretch where it occurred was straightened and other road improvements made, but nothing was done at this black spot bend at KM15.

Coming down from Cameron Highlands, this black spot begins on a relatively straight road but with a very steep gradient and continues into a very sharp bend.

Following the 2004 accident, concrete dividers were erected, but these had not reduced the number of accidents on that spot.

This black spot can be improved upon by widening the sharp bend, similar to what was done following the 2004 horror. The authorities should improve this stretch to prevent more lives being lost.

On Dec 27, I saw workers at the black spot putting a fresh layer of paint on the concrete divider even though parts of it were yet to be replaced.

Mohd Al Asri Hasan
Parit, Perak.