Penang Hotels Faqs

Mark asks…

Who can help me with travel ? booking airline tickets?

Would it be cheaper to buy airline fare directly with the airline or a Travel Agent ? Would it also be cheaper to book hotels on line instead of a Travel Agent. I am afraid that Travel Agencies might have specials with airline and hotels included. I intend travelling to Malaysia. (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) from Melbourne Australia

Penang Local Boy answers:

I prefer to go online. Look for necessary info – for any kind of details – go to wikipedia. For booking flight tickets – there are many in the business –

As far as booking is concerned – match both the prices – you can get the best deals from any of them.

Over the web – there is some serious competition, so the possibility of getting better offer is much higher….

What else I should add……

Generally I don’t like promoting any particular website – but all I can add is, the deal is in your fingertips – just move it over the keyboard :)

Richard asks…

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NOTES:

1. All Local and International Vacation (Excluding Cruise) are for 4 PAX*.
*4 PAX = 2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN BELOW 12 YEARS OLD

2. Booking Fee and Refundable Deposit*

Malaysian Vacation
Booking Fee = Zero ; Refundable Deposit = MYR 175.00

International Vacation
Booking Fee = Zero; Refundable Deposit = MYR 500.00

Gold Coast Australia Vacation
Booking Fee = MYR 199; Refundable Deposit = MYR 750.00

3. Flight Rebate* is for 2 PAX at MYR 75 per person.
(for 4days/3nights international Asia vacation only)

4. For Flying Experience, a non refundable fuel surcharge at MYR 99 will be charged at the time of
the booking. Fully fledged flying experience certificate will be given at the end of the flying
lesson.

5. For Sepang F1 Track Driving Experience, a non refundable fuel surcharge at MYR 99 will be
charged at the time of the booking.

*Refundable deposit and flight rebate will be returned after 28 working days from the date
of your return from vacation. To claim the refundable deposit, you must produce your
identification card, vacation confirmation letter stamped by the hotel once check out
from the hotel and stamped flight ticket.

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Penang Local Boy answers:

To find really good prices on airline tickets, what have worked for me is:

1- Search in advance, to fly in 20 to 30 days from now
2- Take time to search and compare several sites. The more you search the better your chances are to find a good deal.
3- Avoid weekends. Most people likes to travel on weekends, that makes it more expensive those days.

Here’s a nice example of what I mean:

http://www.hoteltraveltour.com/get-cheap-airline-tickets.html

The most important thing is to be patient, and be ready to go for it if you see a good deal :)

Robert asks…

Organising day tours in Singapore?

Hi,

I was wondering if there were many places in Singapore where you can book tours (like ’round the island’ tours, day trips to JB, etc)?

I know that most hotels have tour operators working in the hotel lobbies, but these tend to be quite expensive.

I have been to Penang and Phuket previously, and there seems to be tour shops everywhere. Does Singapore have similar ‘tour shops’ at places like Orchard Road, Clark Quay or Little India?

If not, where else can you book tours? Any websites?

Thanks in advance.

Penang Local Boy answers:

Hi there

1. Singapore is an easy city to move around on your own. If you grab a free tourist map at the airport, you could get around easily, even with public transport.

2. There are many travel agents in the Chinatown malls in Singapore who run guided tours. You could check them out – their prices are likely cheaper than when you book at your hotel.

Steven asks…

Among them,who got the most and who got the least jail-term discount? Why?

Predators’ crimes and punishment

Abused in a graveyard

While the country was celebrating Christmas on Dec 25, 2006, tree cutter K. Kamalason, 47, raped a five-year-old child in a Chinese graveyard in Kuantan. He inflicted his young victim with extremely serious internal injuries to her uterus, intestines and private parts.

Kamalason is married with two children ages two and six and was sentenced 20 years in jail and 20 strokes of the rotan.

Her stepfather, her rapist

As a stepfather, Zulkarnain Ramle, 40, of Kampung Sourabaya Hulu, Petra Jaya in Sarawak should have protected and cared for his stepchildren. Instead, Zulkarnain raped his 11-year-old stepdaughter three years ago when both her mother and elder sister were not at home.

The child told her mother, who lodged a police report and her daughter taken for a medical examination. Zulkarnain was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Nov 3, 2003.

On her way to work

On Oct 7, 2000, computer engineer Noor Suzaily Mukhtar, 24, boarded a Metro bus from Kuala Lumpur to her workplace in Klang. It was like any other day during her two-week attachment at a medical centre in Port Klang.

After the bus driver, Hanafi Mat Hassan, 38, dropped off the last remaining passenger at the Klang bus stand, he changed routes towards Banting and pulled over at the Bukit Tinggi project site. Noor Suzaily tried to escape but the doors were locked. The windows were heavily tinted so she could not draw attention. Hanafi raped her and used her headscarf to strangle her before tossing her naked body out of the bus. His wife had just given birth three days ago.

Noor Suzaily was dressed in a long skirt and tudung. Yet police said the murderer claimed he tak tahan (unable to control his lust).

Bomoh dupes teenage dropout

She was 14, has dropped out of school, and living with her parents in Berenang, Kajang. When she started suffering from unexplainable pains in her legs in July 2000, her father, a retired soldier, took her to see a trusted family friend who was a bomoh. He told her she would die if she wasn’t cured of her elephantiasis disease.

He convinced the girl’s father to set aside a room in their house to perform special prayers and treatments which could only be carried out after midnight to cure her. Over three years, the bomoh undressed the girl, raped and sodomised her while her parents slept. Before the “treatments”, the bomoh had forced the girl to spiritually marry him so they could have sex. She warned the girl not to inform her parents as the treatments must be kept a secret. In July 2003, the girl broke her silence and lodged a police report.

The bomoh is learnt to have seven wives and was previously acquitted of a charge of conducting a marriage ceremony contrary to Islamic law at the Lower Syariah court in Malacca.

Bomoh dupes high achiever student

She was 16 and scored 9As in her PMR. Then she started losing interest in her studies in 2002. Her worried father, a businessman, brought her to a famous bomoh, as he believed his daughter has been put under a spell.

The bomoh carried out his services in a hotel room. For several weeks, the businessman sent his daughter to the bomoh and waited in the lobby. By the time, he became suspicious, his daughter had been raped several times.

The suspect reportedly has treatment centres in Pahang, Johor and other states. Police started a hunt for the bomoh who has since been on the run.

Consensual sex or statutory rape?

Thor Guan Aik asked the right question to his teenage girlfriend before having sex with her two years ago in Sungai Nibong, Penang, “How old are you?” She told him she was 16, which was old enough, so they had sex. She was actually 14 and the case went to court as statutory rape.

On Oct 18, 2005, a Sessions Court freed Thor of the charge, ruling that the couple had consensual sex. The girl refused to testify in court. The judge also ruled her evidence as contradictory to the doctor and investigating officers’ testimonies. His release prompted women’s groups to call for an amendment of the Evidence Act to allow videotaped evidence to be allowed in cases.

Raped after birthday bash

In August 2004, lorry attendant Jailani Budin, 21, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to six charges of raping a Form Three girl after helping to celebrate her 15th birthday.

Jailani, who had two previous convictions for break-ins, took the girl on his motorcycle to three locations at different times. Although there was no element of violence, DPP Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad, pressed for the maximum sentence because he said rape offences were on the rise. Jailani’s wife was pregnant at the time he committed the offence.

The Nurul Huda Gani case
Jailani being led away by police after he was sentenced at the Sessions Court in Shah Alam.

With her home just 300m from the Tenaga Nasional Berhad sub-station in Kampung Pekajang, Tanjung Kupang in Galang Patah, Johor Baru, little Nurul Huda Gani had probably passed security guard Mohd Abbas Danus Baksan, 46, before, on her way to the nearby grocery shop.

On Jan 17, 2004, Mohd Abbas was convicted of dragging Nurul Huda into the station, raping and then murdering her.

When she didn’t return home, her worried brother and two sisters came looking for her. She was found in a squatting position inside a toilet at the station.

On Aug 28, 2004, Mohd Abbas was sentenced 20 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the rotan for raping the child, and sentenced to death for murdering her. He maintained his innocence that another security guard had been the killer.

The serial rapist

In January 2006, Beh Soon Hock (pic left), 39, lost his appeal against a sentence of 60 years and 24 strokes of the rotan for five offences of rape, sodomy, robbery and theft.

High Court Justice Abdull Hamid Embong, who rejected Beh’s appeal, said he agreed that the sentences imposed on him by a lower court were appropriate.

Beh had raped a South Korean woman and sodomised an Irish woman and a 10-year-old Kuwaiti boy. The unemployed bachelor had 53 previous convictions mostly for theft, housebreaking and mischief committed between 1985 and 1996.

The pensioner who raped

In August this year, Mat Saad Md Isa, 61, was convicted of raping an eight-year-old in a house in Sentul in 2001. The judge ordered to serve his 19-and-a-half years’ sentence for rape and four-and-a-half years’ sentence for an indecent act.

He used a condom

A roti canai seller raped his daughter and paid her RM5 as a “reward” to keep quiet. Court of Appeal judges unanimously rejected the 49-year-old father’s appeal to reduce his jail term in June 2008, after the defendant’s lawyer said, in mitigation, that he used a condom each time he raped the child.

The man was sentenced to 36 years and 20 strokes of the rotan by the Shah Alam Sessions Court on Aug 20, 2004 after he pleaded to four counts of raping his 11-year-old daughter at their house between May 2003 and Aug 9, 2004.

Retrieved from http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/8/3/lifefocus/1710462&sec=lifefocus

Penang Local Boy answers:

It’s heartbreaking…

To sentence them to death would be too easy on them.
Should give them the cane and life imprisonment, preferably let them languish in solitary cell. That would make them go crazy.

Thomas asks…

How to go to Cyberjaya?

I’m from Penang, recently I receive a call from a multi-national company and they ask me go to Cyberjaya for an interview. What is the bus terminal should I stop? Pudu Raya, Shah Alam, Seremban? How long it take to reach Cyberjaya from the bus terminal that I stop? Where should I stay? How is the rate of Hotel? What is the taxi fare to go to Cyberjaya?

Penang Local Boy answers:

You should give that company a call back and ask them these things. They can help you a lot better than we can.

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