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.