Monthly Archives: October 2018

No Stopping ‘Em, Come Fire Or High Water

It has been that way for the last 110 years.  This UNESCO Heritage-class icon – the Beach Road Bomba, Penang (at the junnction with Chulia Street) was erected in 1908.  We salute the brave men who have risked limb-and-life in the service of the people.

My late mum had a friend whose husband was a fireman at this station. The family lived in the housing block just behind the main building.  We visited them several times during my kiddy days. 

It was interesting to see the guys practise on the rolling out of flexible hoses and connecting to pipes, and also how they slipped down “quick-acces” poles into the Vehicles Bay in times of emergency calls. 

Besides handling fires, these guys had a good number of calls for catching snakes, rescuing people who fell into wells, and other disasters, etc.



That “Geram” Feeling Again

Many people have experienced the thrills or chills of receiving a telegram. As for me, I had only received two telegrams in my whole life, both of which heralded good news. 

The first was in the middle of July 1975, from the University of Malaya, telling me that I have been accepted into the Faculty of Engineering.   The second one was almost exactly 4 years later, from Motorola Malaysia Sdn Bhd, asking me to report for work as a Process Engineer.   Ah! The excitement that came via the green-bordered folded piece of paper, after days of feeling “geram” at having no news.

In those days, a telegram was the fastest way to send a written message to another party. But it was “expensive” and Jabatan Talikom charged by the number of words, (and distance, I suppose).   The service was discontinued on 1 July 2012.