Monday, August 30, 2004

Now Look at that!!!!


Astro is introducing a new smartcard to all its 1.3million subcribers throughout Malaysia and Brunei. Its kind of a good news to all of us here. Imagine that what the card could do in the name of technology. Unfortunately it comes with a heavy price to pay.... take a look at Astro's website! and you will find out that you are in a way bound by its terms and agreement....or risk paying RM500 penalty charge due to deactivation..........another blood sucker....
Well , according to Datuk Subahan kamal (Ketua Unit Pengaduan Awam Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO)its time for the government ...to reassess and reconsider the Antimonopoly Act ....

Astro oh Astro!!

1.3 juta Pelanggan `diikat' Terma Baru Astro- Utusan Malaysia
Oleh: HERMAN HAMID
KUALA LUMPUR 29 Ogos - Kira-kira 1.3 juta pelanggan Astro akan `diikat' melanggani stesen itu secara wajib selama 12 bulan atau menghadapi denda RM500 sebaik sahaja mereka mengaktifkan kad pintar baru yang akan diedarkan mulai bulan depan.
Terma ini terkandung di bawah fasal empat perjanjian itu yang dikenali sebagai Perjanjian Langganan Astro - Pelanggan Kediaman.
Keseluruhan perjanjian itu yang boleh dilihat di laman web Astro - www.astro.com.my bermula dengan tajuk kecil di atasnya yang menyebut `Kad Pintar Astro yang baru didatangkan bersama Perjanjian Langganan Astro'.
Menerusi terma baru itu, para pelanggan tidak ada pilihan lain kerana selepas tarikh 30 September ini, kad pintar yang lama sudah tidak boleh digunakan lagi.
Mereka juga secara automatik akan `terikat' dengan
Astro selama 12 bulan sebaik sahaja mengaktifkan kad pintar yang baru.
Ini kerana, kad pintar yang baru itu turut didatangkan bersekali dengan perjanjian baru yang mana para pengguna dikira `bersetuju' untuk meneruskan langganan secara berterusan bagi tempoh minimum selama 12 bulan sebaik sahaja kad pintar baru diaktifkan.
Sekiranya pelanggan menghentikan langganan sebelum genap tempoh 12 bulan mereka akan dikenakan denda yang dinamakan `yuran perjanjian' sebanyak RM500.
Astro telah menghantar notis kepada para pelangannya mengenai pengenalan kad pintar yang baru yang dikatakan mengandungi ciri-ciri keselamatan tertinggi melalui pos dan di dalam laman web mereka.
Kesemua pelanggan berdaftarnya akan menerima kad tersebut dalam tempoh dua minggu pertama pada bulan depan.
Bagaimanapun pemberitahuan mengenai kewujudan perjanjian yang baru serta bila ia berkuat kuasa tidak dinyatakan dengan jelas kepada pelanggan hingga menyebabkan ramai yang tidak menyedari mengenainya.
Bukan itu sahaja kewujudan fasal mengenai tempoh langganan minimum juga tidak dimaklumkan dengan cara yang boleh jelas dilihat dalam perjanjian yang mempunyai 11 fasal itu.
Cuma perkataan `yuran perjanjian sebanyak RM500 akan dikenakan ke atas pelanggan' dihitamkan tanpa dibesarkan atau ditulis dalam bentuk yang boleh menarik perhatian pembaca.
Terdahulu, Utusan Malaysia menerima banyak aduan daripada para pelanggan Astro yang menyatakan kekeliruan mereka berhubung isu ini.
Keseluruhan fasal empat perjanjian itu berbunyi:
``Tempoh Langganan Minimum. Anda bersetuju untuk meneruskan dan memastikan akaun anda aktif untuk tempoh minimum secara berterusan selama 12 bulan dari tarikh perkhidmatan diaktifkan. Selain itu, anda juga bersetuju secara serta merta atau sebaliknya menyebabkan perkhidmatan tidak lagi aktif pada bila-bila masa dalam tempoh 12 bulan atas apa sahaja sebab sebagainya termasuk tanpa had, secara gagal atau enggan dan atau ingkar untuk membayar yuran langganan pada bila tepat masanya, yuran perjanjian sebanyak RM500 akan dikenakan ke atas anda. Jika anda melanggan perkhidmatan melalui kempen khas atau promosi, tempoh langganan minimum seperti yang tertera dalam terma khas dan syarat kempen dan tawaran khas (``Terma dan Syarat Kempen'') akan terpakai.''
Astro adalah stesen televisyen satelit pertama negara yang semakin mendapat sambutan pengguna. Salah satu lagi stesen yang dijangka memberi saingan kepadanya, MiTV dijangka beroperasi Disember ini.
MiTV akan menawarkan sebanyak 60 saluran serta harga langganan yang dikatakan jauh lebih rendah dari apa yang dikenakan oleh Astro sekarang.
Perkhidmatannya dijangka bermula di Lembah Klang menjelang bulan Disember 2004 sebelum dilanjutkan meliputi kawasan utara dalam tempoh enam bulan berikutnya.
Sementara itu ketika mengulas perkara ini, Setiausaha Agung Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna Malaysia (FOMCA), Muhammad Shaani Abdullah menggesa Astro supaya menarik balik perjanjian tersebut kerana ia jelas satu bentuk monopoli.
``Mengapa perlu memperkenalkan perjanjian yang baru bersekali dengan kad pintar sedangkan ia tidak ada kena mengena kerana kad pintar itu adalah soal teknikal dan oleh itu mengapa perjanjian yang lama tidak boleh digunakan?
``Saya juga tidak faham apakah makna yuran perjanjian sebanyak RM500 dikenakan. Ia kos untuk apa? Bukannya ada yuran guaman pun,'' katanya.
Ketua Unit Pengaduan Awam Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Subahan Kamal pula menggesa Kementerian Tenaga, Air dan Komunikasi campur tangan dalam hal ini bagi mengelakkan ada unsur-unsur yang tidak adil dalam perjanjian itu.
``Agak malang jika kementerian yang berkenaan boleh membenarkan perkara ini yang jelas satu perjanjian tidak adil kepada para pengguna kerana dipaksa untuk terikat dengan Astro.
``Ini menyekat hak sebagai pengguna dan juga satu etika perniagaan yang tidak baik untuk industri penyiaran negara kerana ia bagaikan satu bentuk monopoli.
``Selain itu mungkin sudah tiba masanya negara kita mempunyai akta antimonopoli seperti yang terdapat di negara-negara maju bagi membolehkan suasana perniagaan yang baik kepada semua pihak,'' jelasnya.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

HUMAN or ANIMAL?

its sunday! well i just broke a record !!! ......nothing to feel great about but its a sense of achievement.... for the first time after so many years waking up at 8.am.. for a busy family man like me..i would wake up at 6 the soonest even it is a sunday or a holiday. Well,, blame it on my son .....Kenneth, 4 yrs . He doesnt like to wake up late and he is the only kid on earth would wake up at 6am every morning. Quess he doesnt enjoy the joy of sleeping!! but today he just couldnt get his cute little eyes open like he used to . SO its a bonus for me that he let me sleep 2 hours extra...... well there is a story i would like to share today.... i just read it on newspaper and i was shocked and sickening to know that how a fellow human being treat another human being so badly that he was butchered and burnt and some parts of his body been eaten because he accidentally touch the bride's buttock!!!!!!! Forgive me but " What the hell is going on with mankind nowadays?" Another incident happened in Taiwan where Lady who works as an insurance representative was killed by two male friends. They cut raped her and then hit her private part with their feet for fear that police would discover their sperm inside her. Not satisfy with it they cut her private part and finally cut her throat and burnt her... imean the body part into a pond. Unfortunately the CSI team proved their DNAs beyond resonable doubts. Intially they just wanted to threathen her for lying in selling insurance policies but things turned out ugly when one of the guys got carried away and raped her. One thing lets to another and the rest was history....... What i can say ...they dont deserve to be call human..

Friday, August 27, 2004

WHat is happening to our society?????

Student kills brother after being scolded for smoking - The Star Online

IPOH: A Form Three boy killed his 19-year-old brother after he scolded the boy for smoking.
The brother was a factory worker in Jalan Lahat here.
The Form Three boy stabbed his elder brother in the neck outside their home in Taman Mas, Chemor, at 10.30pm on Wednesday.
State deputy CID chief Supt Abdul Rahman Hashim said the factory worker had earlier caught his brother smoking near their home and scolded him.
He said this angered the younger brother and sparked off a quarrel which ended with the elder brother being stabbed with a sharp weapon.
Supt Abdul Rahman said their mother and other siblings were inside the house at the time of the incident while their father, a General Operations Force personnel, was on duty at the North Brigade in Ulu Kinta.
“The family only realised what had happened when they heard the elder brother scream. They rushed him to the Ipoh Hospital.
“He died at 11.30pm shortly after he was sent there,” he said.
Supt Abdul Rahman said police found a bloodstained knife at the family's home.
“A student has been remanded for 12 days until Sept 6 for investigations,” he added.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

The wind of change

just created my own blog. and i hope to make is as interesting as possible. Its kinda interesting reading thoughts and comments from people for all walks of life jotting down their life experiences, opinions, issues or non issues, sensitive or the otherway round! I was like in a small room, unable to wander and see whatever beyond it. Containing myself....but now i have made myself more open to my surroundings, enjoy and learn whatever come your way and to learn about people and to make that change within myself...to have a broad outlook and to have a more openminded person..... I hope to run my own blog as often as possible....to explore the world of people and their experiences plus knowledge....that what makes a good person out of me.