Tales from the Engineering Floor – Lunch Provided by Client

November 12, 2012

The package says it all:


Karnival Sepanjang Jalan Kenangan ANSARA Muar

October 4, 2011

The following is a public service announcement:

Warga Ansara Muar yang dikasihi,

Karnival Sepanjang Jalan Kenangan bakal menemui anda pada hari Sabtu, 8 Oktober 2011 jam 9am di Taman Tasik Seksyen 7 Shah Alam, bersebelahan Wisma Belia, bertentangan Unisel.

Terbahagi kepada 2 acara utama (Jamuan Pasca Aidilfitri dan Karnival Keluarga), karnival ini bertujuan menambah dana Ansara Muar di samping mengeratkan lagi hubungan kekeluargaan sesama kita. Karnival ini turut memberi ruang kepada pengusaha2 dan penyedia2 perkhidmatan mempromosikan barangan mahupun servis yang ditawarkan.

Sokongan dan sumbangan anda amat kami hargai demi menjayakan karnival ini.
Nantikan maklumat lanjut di sini….

AMBIL PERHATIAN PERUBAHAN TEMPAT KARNIVAL
Caj untuk Jamuan – TIADA (Namun begitu sumbangan amat dialu-alukan untuk menampung kos sewa khemah, misty fan dll)

SO, CEPAT-CEPATLAH CONFIRMKAN KEHADIRAN, YA?

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Karnival Sepanjang Jalan Kenangan ANSARA Muar

September 27, 2011

The following is a public service announcement:

Warga Ansara Muar yang dikasihi,Karnival Sepanjang Jalan Kenangan bakal menemui anda pada hari Sabtu, 8 Oktober 2011 jam 9am di Taman Tasik Seksyen 7 Shah Alam, bersebelahan Wisma Belia, bertentangan Unisel.

Terbahagi kepada 2 acara utama (Jamuan Pasca Aidilfitri dan Karnival Keluarga), karnival ini bertujuan menambah dana Ansara Muar di samping mengeratkan lagi hubungan kekeluargaan sesama kita. Karnival ini turut memberi ruang kepada pengusaha2 dan penyedia2 perkhidmatan mempromosikan barangan mahupun servis yang ditawarkan.

Sokongan dan sumbangan anda amat kami hargai demi menjayakan karnival ini.
Nantikan maklumat lanjut di sini….

AMBIL PERHATIAN PERUBAHAN TEMPAT KARNIVAL
Caj untuk Jamuan – TIADA (Namun begitu sumbangan amat dialu-alukan untuk menampung kos sewa khemah, misty fan dll)

SO, CEPAT-CEPATLAH CONFIRMKAN KEHADIRAN, YA?

Facebook page is here.

Trip to Jambi

April 1, 2011

As we were traveling to a client’s facility in Jambi, the road opened up to this scene of devastation. First thought: Jabba’s been here and has taken down the site.  Second thought: peat clearing, one source of periodic smog.


BEM – Registration of Foreign Engineers

April 10, 2008

Many people have questions about how a foreign engineer can register in Malaysia as an engineer.

The answer lies in the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 (Revised 2002), Section 10A.

My interpretation of the Section is as follows:

  • Foreign engineers may only be registered as Temporary Engineers.
  • A foreign engineer may only be registered if:
    • he possesses the necessary qualification which is recognised for the practice of engineering as a professional engineer in the country where he normally practises; and
    • he possesses the necessary expertise and his physical presence is required in Malaysia for not less than one hundred and eighty days in one calendar year or he is a resident representative of the foreign component of a joint-venture.
  • The Board of Engineers may approve the registration of a Temporary Engineer for such period not exceeding one calendar year and may renew the registration as it deems fit.
  • For the purpose of this section “foreign engineer” means an engineer who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of Malaysia.

So, how do you get around this if you don’t meet the requirements of the Act? Call yourself a ‘consultant’, ‘specialist’, ‘MD’, and other non-aggressive titles. You get the same pay anyway.


Proton Malaysia – why no hybrid car?

March 28, 2008

Let’s start with some prices. Looking at Honda Malaysia:

  • RM162.8k for a 1.3l hybrid Civic.
  • RM 113.8k for a 1.8s normal Civic.

Apparently, a hybrid is a CBU (completely built up unit), fully imported, which has a higher tax then the CKU (completely knocked down), assembled in Malaysia, normal Civic, in addition to whatever actual cost difference between the two.

Now, in the current regime of crude oil prices north of USD100, why doesn’t Proton get onto the bandwagon, and start developing hybrid cars? Once you get over the capital cost of purchasing a hybrid (and make no mistake, there will be a premium), then we can start reaping the benefits of better fuel efficiency, less smog in Kuala Lumpur’s daily traffic jams, and goodwill from having the national car manufacturer heading green. And possibly think of reducing Malaysia’s oil subsidy.

A look at Proton’s press releases reveals:

  • ‘EVE HYBRID’ TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR SHOWCASES RETRO-INTEGRATION OF HYBRID SOLUTIONS (06/03/2007)
  • GEN2 GETS A FACELIFT AND NEW ENGINE (03/03/2008)

So, Proton could have implemented hybrid technology probably by this year, but we have yet to see any commercial models, of which the latest launch was in April 2008. Why is that, I ask? Anyone have any info?


Article ‘Kenapa BN Mahu Sangat Rampas Kelantan’ – Take 2

March 21, 2008

Continuing my expansion of the above article, I thought I would list down the operators and comments of the acreage listed.

  • Blok A18 – as the original author says, the acreage is operated by the Carigali Hess Operating Company (CHOCas its known to friends). It’s located in the Malaysia Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA)
  • Blok B17 – the PSC for this area is PETRONAS Carigali (JDA) Sdn Bhd, also in the JDA.
  • Block C19 – the PSC for this area is Carigali-PTTEP International Operating Company (CPOC), also in the JDA.
  • PM3 – operated by Talisman (Malaysia) Ltd.
  • Sub-Blok Ular – operated by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB).
  • PM301 & PM302 – CS Mutiara, though I’m not sure if they have had to relinquish the acerage yet. It’s interesting to note that this aceragetouches the Kelantanese shoreline.
  • PM303 – Shell, PSC awarded in 1999, though yet to produce.
  • PM311 & 312 – joint venture between Murphy Peninsular Malaysia Oil Co Ltdand PCSB, yet to produce.

So, of the fields listed by the author, 3 are in the JDA, one is in Kelantanese waters, and the rest are in Terengganu waters.

It’s interesting to note that we do not have a JDA for disputed resources between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Would that have reduced the amount of hydrocarbons that could be claimed by Sabah and Sarawak?


Article ‘Kenapa BN Mahu Sangat Rampas Kelantan’ – Take 1

March 20, 2008

I thought I’d comment on the blog entry at kickdefella.wordpress.com. I’m more interested in the oil and gas perspective, and providing some background information.
First, I’d like to mention who owns Malaysia’s hydrocarbon (that is, oil and gas) reserves. Quoting from an article I co-authored for the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia,

"As an outcome of the petroleum crisis of 1973, which was a result of an OPEC oil export embargo by many of the major Arab oil-producing states in response to western support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War, Malaysia realised the importance and the impact that oil had on the local economy. The Petroleum Development Act (PDA) was enacted in 1974, leading to the incorporation of PETRONAS (Petroliam National Berhad) on 17 August of the same year under the Companies Act 1965. It is wholly-owned by the Malaysian government and is vested with the entire ownership and control of the petroleum resources in Malaysia. In essence, any company who wishes to take part in the exploitation of Malaysia's hydrocarbon resources act as a contractor to PETRONAS."

So, PETRONAS is the owner of all of Malaysia’s hydrocarbons, and this will not change until the PDA is amended or repelled in Parliment. Oil ownership is therefore not a drive to take over Kelantan.


Aramco Recruitment Drive – 13th March, 2008.

March 6, 2008

Those of you who are thinking of finding out your worth in the Middle East may probably want to make your way to the Ritz Carlton between the 13th to 16th March, 2008. A little bird said to bring updated resumes and relevant certificates.

This announcement used to be on Aramco’s job opportunities webpage, but is no longer listed. I don’t know whether the event has been cancelled.

A call to the Ritz-Carlton reveals that Aramco has been having walk-in sessions every Wednesday and Friday, so I don’t know the significance of the 13th.