I bought a condominium unit at Saujana Resort in 2009 – basically for me and my wife to stay whenever we were in town, since we called Melbourne home at one time.
In the early 1990s, I was once a member of the golf club there under a corporate account. But I remember I have only visited the club house once. Apart from that, I did not know much about the precinct.
The unit suited me well – Subang Airport, which Firefly uses, is only five minutes away. And it would be all swift too if I had to fly from KLIA, except for the traffic light just at the exit of the suburb. However, this stretch of Subang Road is a nightmare to cover during peak hours.
The resort hides some of the most handsome homes in the Klang Valley. You will find all sorts of upmarket cars on Persiaran Golf, which many outsiders also use for their weekend morning walks.
My wife is finding Melbourne’s cold months uncomfortable. We have decided to return to Malaysia for good.
This is what we are seeing in a stretch of Persiaran Golf now:
What are these people doing?
Persiaran Golf is a double carriageway, except for this stretch of the road. Suddenly, drains are being erected every twenty steps of so. What are they for? The area has, as far as I know, never experienced any flood problem.
I consulted the signboard:
Yes, they are constructing the drains. Yes, that stretch of the road does not appear to have drain-offs. But why so many drains?
The completion date is supposed to be 3rd October 2022. Today is 16th January 2023, yet much of the work has yet to be completed. It is a big eyesore!
On what basis was the design done? Certainly not much on engineering principles.
Probably the way for someone to do rent seeking?
Talking about rent-seeking, I have a friend who reluctantly accepted a civil engineering contract from a politically connected party. Upon completion, he submitted a claim for RM11 million, giving him a happy margin of about RM3 million. He later found that the party was paid more than RM30 million for “the” project. The rent-seeking portions three times the true cost of the project!!!
Corruption and rent-seeking have gone outlandish! No wonder there are so many Alphards and Vellfires with all sorts of fanciful plates around!
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has just disclosed that the country’s national debt stands at a staggering figure of RM1.2 trillion. With other liabilities added, the total is about RM1.5 trillion! How much of these two figures are a result of corruption and rent-seeking practices?
Hope the unity government is doing something lest we may soon become the No 1 in the world’s Rent-Seeking Championship table.