Me and My Proton

The front of a first generation Proton Saga, i...

The front of a first generation Proton Saga, in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not a Proton lover but I had no choice. There is enough Proton bashing around.

It has been 2 years now and my Proton is still going strong, clocking over 55,000 kilometers. The best part of car is the low maintenance cost. All you need is to take care of the water and oil. The worst part of the car; how should I put it; “demoralizing”. It has no air-bag, no other safety features, too many rattling parts, underpowered, ancient design and the list can go on and on.

I spent almost RM5,000 just for sound proofing, sound system and other accessories which is made as “standard” in other non-national cars. I have wasted my annual leaves just for the trip to the Proton Service Centre.

Despite of the harsh reality of the Proton cars, I am quite satisfied with my Proton. It has not failed me for the last 2 years and it takes me from point A to B without a hassle. But now I guess, change is in the air. Other car manufacturers are coming up with better and newer models which makes switching car to a non-national one more sense. In fact, 3 of my colleagues who were driving Proton have made the change to Korean cars and more is to come.

The way I see, the Proton’s problem is not in the car but in the company. If they could only improve on the quality control (they already taking steps on this but the result is yet to be seen) and launch new and refreshing models. The other car companies are already doing that and managing it well despite of the high protection given by the Government to Proton.

As I said I am not a Proton lover…

Hadaka Matsuri

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I was watching National Geography on Astro and there has a show on the Tokyo Shock Boys (who are a group of four highly energetic and wacky performers).


* The shock boys with shocking faces (Source: www.nms.ac.jp)

They would journey to participate and showcase four unique festivals in Japan. One of the eye popping one was the Hadaka Matsuri (or Naked Festival), where the Shock Boys tussled with 10,000 nearly naked men in loincloths to touch one naked holy man with the outside temperature at minus 2 degrees.

Sounds frightening? It was…something not expected of technological advanced Japan. Check the details of the festival here.


* Mind being touched by 10,000 near naked “desperate” men…while you are stark naked? (Source: http://jaguaro.org/)

More pictures here