Saturday, May 16, 2009

I survived a direct hit but not my phone line...

Shortly after 8pm on May 14th a thunderstorm erupted in full fury. Minutes later the phone rang and I picked it up. It was an old friend who needed a bit of solace. Five minutes into our conversation there was an explosion in my ear and the receiver flew out of my hand.

Lightning strike! Damn... the land line was down... and every time something like this happens I experience the evils of hegemony and monopoly - political as well as economic - impinging on my personal reality. If there's anything I've learned from this electrifying incident - NEVER, NEVER USE THE PHONE DURING A VIOLENT THUNDERSTORM!

Okay... so I'm offline for as long as it takes Telekom Malaysia to fix the problem. One would think, with telephony having been around for 130 years routine breakdowns can be sorted out within a few hours. Not in Bolehland where Telekom Malaysia has had an absolute monopoly on land lines from the very start - and with Mahathir privatizing all essential services by handing them on a golden platter to Umno cronies - the national telephone company is about as customer-friendly and service-oriented as the BN administration.

I won't bore you with the details. Let's just say that 50 hours after I got a friend to lodge a breakdown report, nothing has been done - although I did get a call from a TM technician informing me that lightning had struck the communications card at the nearest switchpoint, and that he would apply for a replacement.

Apply for a replacement: that means informing the outsourced spare parts agent in Rawang who will then issue a request for a new card from their Shah Alam warehouse. Which could take several days, going by past experience.

Great! I'm suitably impressed. Anyway... this is essentially to inform you, dear Magick River blog reader, that I'll be taking an enforced vacation from blogging till my land line is fixed.

Screw Telekom Malaysia. May TM go down with Umno and the S.S. Barisan Nasional... the sooner the better!


Anonymous said...

Relax brother. enjoy nature lah...what's the hurry with modern ammenities ;-) Time for meditation for the time to get it fix the phone line

Unknown said...

My dear Antares,

I promise I am telling you the truth...I had a strange feeling sth was wrong with you last night but went to bed pretty early and wanted to call you this afternoon but had tons of chores...

I am so relieved that you are ok and will call you straight after I publish this comment.

Pls take care and install lightning conductors in your home, lightning surge protectors etc...


Jarod said...

see, politics make u too work up!!! You should just enjoy the tranquility of your surrounding... :D


tc while TM Fix more bugs on your line..haha!

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Anonymous said...

backStreetGluttons said...

Must be a good omen from above to rest relax rejuvenate...then attack with more magickal fury
lol !

Jackson said...

Chief , why not subscribe to either Celcom or Digi or Maxis wireless broadband ?

zorro said...

Glad that you are ok. Stay safe fighter.

Starmandala said...

80 hours later... STILL no phone!!! Cheh! :-(

But it was a GLORIOUS weekend with delightful friends... and time off from the computer! :-)

Thanks for all the comments, folks.
I'm at the local cbercafe - not inspired to do more than the minimum...

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you "privatise" a Gomen dept. The big guns make a load of cash from the IPO, the minions still think & work like civil servants.

Out sourcing is another way for the big guns to make side income (while makan gaji buta), while the new generation minions are those that failed to get into the civil service.

M'sia Boleh. Satu lagi Projek BN. Islam Hadari. 1Malaysia.

Pretty Girl said...

Maybe THOR wanted to strike the corrupted BN bastards but opppss.. made a mistake.. even though your line is down and all.. dont worry mate, i'm sure Mr THOR will aim better next time and i'm as sure as hell too, he'll compensate you soon for whatever inconveniences and losses incurred on your side!

Take a good rest mate!

Dear THOR, that is if you're reading this.. next time be careful lah.. Antares is a goodman.. next time please get your address and location right!!


Monsterball said...

Glad to hear you are safe.

No doubt about it - Very dangerous to use a phone during a thunderstorm.

Azer Mantessa said...


time to take fresh air

i used to really get pissed at TM for:
a) sour faces at the counters
b) not accessible operators
c) unreachable streamyx help line
d) inconsistency billings

maybe bcos i stay in shah alam. TM services = FANTASTIC :-)

erniejean said...

Thank goodness you're fine......what a narrow escape that was!!!

Not just Tm but a whole lot of the other service providers in M'sia Antares....... :(

Donplaypuks® said...

Sorry to hear about your conflict with the elements. Good that you are safe.

I ran into this guy at BUM 2009 last Sat and he had this portable USB wireless Celcom thingy which you subscribe for $105 pm which beats having Streamyx and cursing all the time about the slow bps.

Maybe this is a better alternative?


Ruthie said...

Miss you very much. :(

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