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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Butterworth Bus Terminal Blues!

Everytime I arrive at the Butterworth Bus Terminal, I cringe with anticipating the express bus that I am in toppling over as it's tyres descend into the many potholes reminiscent of the bomb blasted airport runway craters of Beirut.




















































Guess Koh Tsu Koon was just too busy trying to hold on to his Chief Ministership to have bothered to do anything about the crater filled bus terminal at Butterworth?

I sure hope that Lim Guan Eng, our new Penang Chief Minister will please order the MPSP to get those craters drained and have cement poured in and tarred over pending the completion of the new Express Bus Terminal there.

No point in allowing those new Rapid Penang air conditioned buses getting their tyres damaged and their alignment go bonkers after dropping in to those craters at the Butterworth bus terminal!

If that wasn't depressing enough, I was disturbed to see for myself an elderly Indian lady scavenging for aluminum cans from the garbage bins which I am sure she was collecting to sell at the recycling centres for a few ringgits!



































I also chanced upon an elderly Chinese man who looked like a mental patient with a handicap on crutches plodding his way across the scorching hot terminal with all kinds of plastic bags tied to his crutches! :(









































It's sickening to see all these sad situations still prevailing in our society whose governments are all so into those record breaking stunts that burn off millions of precious ringgits just so we can add our nation's name into the Guinness Book of Records or our own apple polishing record book of sorts?

What good did that blasting into space of that doctor cum part time model into orbit and eventually doing his thingamajig at the International Space Station do for Malaysians?

Many Malaysians are suffering here on Earth and we have the BN clowns at Putrajaya burning money like what people do during the Hungry Ghosts Festival?

Only difference is that these Putrajaya clowns burn real money!

There's no point in having a ministry that purports to be in charge of Social Welfare when the only welfare they are concerned about is theirs?

Poor desperate people like that Indian lady and the elderly mental patient need real serious help from the ones appointed into power?

The conditions for bus passengers at the Butterworth Bus Terminal is enough to drive people nuts and the hot, scorching sun plus the dirty, trash filled areas are a real nightmare that gives me the shivers everytime I have to be there?


















There was this group of guys with a loudhailer adding to the din of the terminal with their staccato of 'Alor Star! Alor Star! Alor Star! Alor Star! Alor Star! Alor Star!' going off like a scratched vinyl record, irritating those of us who had to suffer the heat, the stench, the dirt and grime that is so prevalent there in that scorching hot stuffy bus terminal that we can be said to be among the worst 3rd world countries to have such a depressing bus terminal in what is supposed to be one of the most developed states in Malaysia?


















A heartfelt advice to the new Pakatan Rakyat State Government of Penang!

Please go and take a look at the depressing conditions prevalent at the Butterworth Bus Terminal and do something about it!

Your chances at retaining political power in the next GE will be assured if you can take care of such things that the BN ignored all those 50 over years!

Do not forget the grassroot Malaysians who don't have the luxury of air conditioned vehicles to transport them here and there in ease as government officials enjoy!

The bus terminal urgently needs some restorative work done in order to make things better for the bus drivers and passengers.

I also hope that the law enforcement officers can go arrest those bus ticket touts who are a real menace and harass almost each and every bus passenger who arrives at the terminal from either the ferry or the express and local buses.

Such annoying folks ought not be left to disturb the people. It really seems like no law enforcement agencies really care about these daily lawbreakers who seem to be at large as they please without a care about government action?

Don't tell me that the relevant law enforcers are on the take?

I didn't see even a single MPSP 'Penguatkuasa' there! Not even one! Where the hell were they?

No wonder the bus ticket touts are acting like they own the freaking bus terminal and roaming all over the place at will?

Really frustrating to see Butterworth still remain as a depressing area with all these conditions turning people feeling really blue after all these years!