Saturday, June 04, 2011

LIM: All Rumours Are True! Mostly.

Information is a closely guarded in Malaysia.  Ask the bank girl when the ATM will be online again, and she'll tell you, "That's P&C" meaning Private and Confidential.  I'm not kidding: that's what I was told.

Not having reliable information is irritating because it means you have to rely on gossip, rumours and innuendo.

So when I went to the local pub last week (Kusar in SS15 4/E Subang Jaya) and was told by Sara that our area would have an electricity blackout lasting all Friday night, I believed him.

However, the next morning I wondered why Tenaga (our electricity company) were working all night instead of during the day.  So I decided I'd call them to doublecheck the information.

Well what a saga that turned out to be!

First I called our local Tenaga office that's 2 km away from our house.  They said they didn't know.  Apparently they don't get to hear about supply problems in their own area. (!!!) 

They asked me to call their engineer.  The engineer didn't answer the phone.  And has still not called back despite my leaving 3 messages.

I called Tenaga headquarters.  After messing me about by asking if I'd paid my bill (YES!) they asked me to call another number, 15454 that deals with supply problems.

At this point I was curious how convoluted this would get.  So I called 15454 and spoke to more people.  Eventually a girl told me that she had the maintenance schedule for my whole province. She swore there was no work scheduled in my district, Subang Jaya, for the Friday or the entire week after. 

Past experience in similar situations meant I only half believed her, so I was pleasantly surprised on Friday night when we enjoyed the power of electricity.

When I teased Sara in the pub on Saturday about passing on false rumours, I found out that our friend Vijay who lives 1km up the road, half way between us and the local Tenaga office, and slap bang in the middle of Subang Jaya, sat in total darkness from 1030PM until 830AM. 

So now it's proven: what you hear in the pub has a strong element of truth.But I still have trouble believing that story about the duck and the politician.....

15 comments:

dArtagnan Rumblepurr /Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

How funny!It's so cool to hearabout your life in a different country!

Brian said...

I agree with Rumbles, that's funny, but I'm sure they would think some of the things southerners do would be funny too! Have a great weekend!

Katnip Lounge said...

I'd have faith in the pub! My experience is that the folks that SHOULD be in the know, never are.

ABBY said...

I am glad you had power!
Purrs
Abby

sully86 said...

its good you check the source of the story..getting them and eating whole heartedly will cause confusion and chaos sometimes

Whisppy said...

Hahaha. I don't even bother calling after the last time when I called to check on something on their (Tenaga) website and they had no idea they even had a website. Yup. That's Malaysia Boleh for you.

Old Kitty said...

Pubs are the best places to discover and pass on information!! LOL!! Long may the continue to thrive!

Take care
x

Hannah and Lucy said...

It's the same in the UK!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

So cool that you live in Malaysia! Love your blog and I'm your newest feline follower. My name is Avalon (Lion for the friends) and I have my own blog at http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com. Come and say 'Meow!' when you have the time ;-) Have a happy Saturday!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty E,
What duck and what politician? One story or two separate stories? Have you heard about the missing prawns? har har har *evil laughs*

Neri said...

hahaha! yeah.

Live Out Loud said...

See? Stories from around the world show us we're really not all that different - try talking to the City of Chicago sometime!!

Love the end of the Post - very cleverly done and you made me laugh.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh man...I have no patience (except w/ the cat) and I would be in deep trouble there and then, jail most likely for being so irritated and saying things. :-) I would prefer to not have that sort of aggravation. I'll take the brand of aggravation I already have and gotten used to.

How are Au and Target?

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I'm rolling on the floor with laughter! What a game of Chinese Whispers this is! Oh and I can imagine the people at the Tenaga office telling you they don't get to hear about power supply disruptions in their own jurisdiction! Maybe they depend on rumours from their "teh tarik" stall guy too!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That is so funny. It is something that happens here but for us it is for our company instead of for the country. But oh other than that is so sounds like what I get to deal with on a daily basis!