Larut Hill 4×4 Challenge 2009

Okay this is one very delayed post happened in November 2009 :P

It’s the 3rd Larut Hill 4×4 Challenge in Taiping, Perak..Obviously it’s in Perak because Laut Hill (Bukit Larut) is in Perak..

Well I was pretty busy back then with my job and all and long story short here it is..

Thanks to Wilson who invited me to join his camera crew for this expedition..It’s quite an experience..

When we reached Taiping, we settled down at Flemington Hotel, very near to Taiping Lake Gardens..

Flemington Hotel is also the official hotel for accommodating the VIPs, officials, participants, and some of the media people..

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*Flemington Hotel*

It sure is a beautiful hotel in such a place and its rooms are pretty luxury too..It also has a swimming pool on the rooftop..

So let’s have a look at some of the 4WDs..

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*Oris Team*

This 4WD is one of the sponsored cars by Oris, the official sponsor for the Larut Hill 4×4 Challenge..

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*Oris Ladies Team*

The first ever all-ladies team in Larut Hill 4×4 Challenge, also sponsored by Oris..

The ladies team actually consisted Wilson’s wife Rachel Ting and his younger sister Adeline..

Both ladies and guys team are Suzuki Vitara and tuned to perform better..

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*Team from Johor*

Other than the Oris Team, other participants are either they are true 4WD enthusiasts whom joined on their own or some rented a car..

Some of them went by the same method as F1, like Brawn GP team, Brawn is the name of the “owner” and tuned up with Mercedes engine

Same goes to this 4×4 Challenge..Some “owners” rent out their cars to enthusiast drivers just for this competition..

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*4WD #102*

This 4WD owned by a British, or maybe German..Can’t really remember..Looks nicely maintained right?

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*The owner*

FYI, he built this car all by using only the chassis and perhaps the body, other parts were modified by himself, hands on from scratch..

He’s joined the previous 2 challenges and still remained one of the regular participants..

He performed some adjustment on the car right there and then..

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*Former Champion*

This was the former champion for 2 consecutive years and they were aiming to win it for the third time to keep the trophy worth thousands of ringgit..

Winners for 3 consecutive years get to keep the trophy and this competition is only in its 3rd instalment..

In another words this team is pretty much the favorite and almost everyone (officials and media) have had high hopes on them..

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*Other 4WDs*

Here are some of the 4WDs driven by participants and officials..

Some are nicely tuned and some looked scrappy but it’s pretty powerful..

Well that’s all for now and I shall continue what’s in for Day 1 of the competition in next blog post..

Political Turmoil – Perak State, Elizabeth Wong, Toll Price, Parliament

After much hiatus on political views, here I’m back with lots of new happenings in Malaysian politics..

The Barisan Nasional somehow “snatched” the Perak state and formed the State Government based on majority of MPs on both BN and Pakatan Rakyat’s side..

You can read the full chronology here on How the Perak State Government fell, taken from The Star Online..

BN claimed that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has lost its majority because both BN and PR has 28 seats, while logically, PR only has 27 seats because the state assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar cannot cast a vote in the assembly..

Ok, it make sense, but, for the Speaker to ban the new MB, Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his excos from the state assembly, by right BN has lost its majority as well..

Now, to dissolve the State Government and do a by-election for the whole Perak State would be the best move..

Well, IMHO, instead of trying to “snatch” the Perak State in such a manner, just go for a by-election and see what the rakyat wants..That’s the most fair and square method..

While PR claimed it’s unconstitutional for BN to form the State government and BN claimed that the Perak people is behind them, why not let the people themselves make the decision, once again..

I do believed the choice is in Perak people’s hands, instead of BN or PR scuffling for their own rights or whatsoever..

And IMHO if there is a state by-election, I reckon that PR would win with bigger margin compared to March 8th..

On Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong’s nude photos being circulated in the internet and news media, it’s such a bad thing to happen ever since Dr Chua Soi Lek’s sex video being circulated..

This time, it’s none other than Elizabeth Wong’s privacy being invaded in her house and it’s not any wrong-doing sex video or photos..

Where’s the law and order nowadays? MPs’ privacy or sex life is being made public and there’s nothing could be done on it..

And worst of all, the one people in BN that a lot of people hated, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has called for the resignation of Elizabeth Wong..

Other than that, there’s also Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said Wong’s decision to resign was appropriate considering her standing in politics..

Then albeit all of the accusations on our soon-to-be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu, why he didn’t resign from his post?

He didn’t resign because he claimed that he’s not involved in the killing so he’s claiming that he’s innocent, although he’s in the limelight for more than 2 years..

So why Elizabeth Wong has to resign from her posts? She did nothing wrong and the culprit should be captured and heavy punishment should be taken against the culprit..

Even if she’s single or her nude photos being circulated, so what?? It’s her private life and she’s got her own privacy even though she’s an assemblyman..

For all those who acted like their never committed sin or have never involved in pre-marital sex before, you are just talking bullshit..The culprit should be captured instead of nailing Elizabeth Wong..

People have been gathering signatures to support Elizabeth Wong in this bad time and it’s the best support to let her know that she’s needed in the party and State Government..

*People gathering signature in support of Elizabeth Wong*

I wonder what would happened if a male MP’s nude photo of him in the shower is being leaked out..Resigning for such photos? Bad move I would say..

On the recent toll hike on 5 highways, namely North-South Expressway (PLUS), Sprint/Kerinchi/Damansara Link highways, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Expressway (AKLEH), Sungai Besi Highway and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE)..

According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohammed said the increase was minimal and hoped the public understood that the increase was stipulated in the concession agreements that the government had signed..

He also said that, “The increase was actually due in January last year but we had postponed it until now. This means the government has been paying compensation for 14 months.”..

Since it’s already stated in the concession agreements, then could you please please please tell us how much more the Government have to pay those crony companies and WHEN you guys going to increase the price again..

It’s all in the agreement, just let us know it all..Transparency is all we need..WHEN and HOW MUCH is the question for the next toll hike..Isn’t it fair for us to be ready for the next hike??

I can already expect the usual answer from the Government..They will say it’s private and confidential or they will show us but have to wait for approval..

Then the waiting is long enough for people to forget bout the thing and they also never bother to show us anymore..I “love” the Government..

Now that lots of parties objected and and complained that the hike would burden the rakyat during this hardship of economic downturn, they have showed “sympathy” by holding the hike indefinitely..

I thought it’s already stated in the agreement that you have to increase the price? Can agreement be breached just like that? I “love” my Government once again..

Lastly, in Parliament over the scuffle between UMNO Youth members and some MPs of the Opposition party..

Although it wasn’t a nice sight for DAP chairman Karpal Singh to accuse UMNO Youth for sending live bullet to him without any concrete proof, the motive is there, following UMNO Youth members paraded in front of his office for several days..

Even if the UMNO Youth didn’t really do it, they should sove it in a manly way instead of scuffling in front of the Parliament harrassing a wheelchair-bound person..

And yes, the UMNO Youth claimed they didn’t even touch Karpal Singh..

Worst of all, the most disgusting scene, not UMNO Youth trying to harrass Karpal Singh, nor Karpal Singh hurled the word “celaka” at UMNO Youth members, but it’s the securities of Parliament..

During the commotion, Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan shouted, “Where is security? Where is security?” and a reply was heard, “We only jaga (look after) inside (Parliament), not outside.”..

What an ethical security we have..They ONLY take care of things/areas under they control, and NOT things in front of them..

I wonder what they would do if a MP is gunned down outside Parliament..Guess they will just live them lying around doing nothing..

How can security of Parliament, letting the country’s MPs being harrassed right in front of the Parliament???

I guess that’s why they are security..If they were smarter they wouldn’t be a security in the first place..Bravo bravo *applause*..

I reckon that if all these stupid unnecessary issues is ever to happen again the current Government might lost its 2/3 majority or even the Government to the Opposition party..