Saturday, October 25, 2014

SESB not to blame for soaring house price?

SESB believes it is not to blame for the soaring house price in the state.

I tend to agree. Between 2011 and now the utility company has reduced the Capital Contribution (a sum contributed by the developer when applying for power supply for an intended project), twice - once in 2011 another one early this year.

From mathematical point of view you would expect the the price to have been reduced, if Capital Contribution is even a factor. But the cost of properties doesn't follow mathematical logic, you say.  Perhaps. But the cost should follow logical thinking.

If it is a factor in determining the cost of a house, for instance, then there should be price reduction in those years when the capital contribution was revised. Or, at least distribute the benefit to the buyers in a tangible form; by withholding the fast soaring house price. Fair enough?

SESB not to blame
Clipping from local daily, the Daily Express on 4 October 2014.

Point aside, Daily Express never fail to amaze me with so many oversights. The person in the above picture (inset) is not Abd Razak. He's the former Managing Director of SESB, Ir. Baharin Din. Come on! Give Ir. Abd Razak Sallim some face. You are not doing your homework as reporter. I've seen more than once in your paper that Abd Razak was given a 'new face'.


Back to business. Really, soaring house price should not be blamed on SESB. It's a lame excuse on the part of the developers. But ideally, SESB should bear the cost of supplying power to the consumer; if not now maybe in the near future when is has factored in this cost into its power tariff.

I had a recent experience of upgrading the power supply to one of our facilities - a 1500KVA substation. Apart from the capital contribution of over RM200k, we were also asked to bear the cost of installing additional switchgear for a 2-in-1-out 11kV supply system. This, according to SESB, is in the name of 'supply security' because if supply from Source A failed, Source B would automatically kick in and supply to our facility would not be disrupted. Now, in the name of 'supply security' the utility company should be the one to pay for it rather than the end user.

The onus is on them to ensure better power supply. Not me, not you the consumers.

The Green Mechanics' two cents:
To property developers, especially housing development, please find better explanation to your soaring house price.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Architecture that brings Solar into the Landscape

This is interesting and challenging at the same time.

For the architects and landscapers with 'green tint' at the back of their mind, it would be interesting to find out if solar energy and energy efficiency can blend well with beautiful architecture. Folks at Spotlight Solar came up with this idea.

Likely applications

Suitable for commercial and public properties of many kinds - schools, science museums, city halls - these unique products help in differentiating system integrators services and brand. They could dramatically elevate the visibility of your buildings.

Solar landscape
'Curve' offers striking and functional design. It is fresh and inviting, bending toward the sun and visitors.

Solar landscape
'Lift' design offers flexibility and dynamic look.

Gresham city hall, Oregon

Sandy Grove Middle School, Hoke County, NC
Also a great idea for landscape design.

They build structures that complement other energy projects, adding reputation value to the ROI on green building investments. By making solar more visible and attractive, they hope to accelerate the adoption of solar energy.

The Green Mechanics: Put solar panels where people can see them. And like them.

Source: Spotlight Solar, All photos are shared from their website.

Monday, October 6, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price in Malaysia

UPDATED. Scroll down.

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The online grey importers' pricing are not that bad. These were from Lazada and Groupon

If you haven't yet figured out how much would a no-contract iPhone 6 pr iPhone 6 Plus cost you, here are the list of prices for US market together with the prices for our closer neighbour, Singapore.

Unlocked phone prices in the US:

iPhone 6 (16GB): $649 - approx. RM2,115
iPhone 6 (64GB): $749 - approx. RM2,440
iPhone 6 (128GB): $849 - approx. RM2,767

iPhone 6 Plus (16GB): $749 - approx. RM2,440
iPhone 6 Plus (64GB): $849 - approx. RM2,767
iPhone 6 Plus (128GB): $949 - approx. RM3,092

Needless to say, these prices put the new iPhones among the most expensive smartphones on the market.

Unlocked phone prices in Singapore (inclusive of GST):

iPhone 6, 4.7-inch display, 16GB: S$988 - approx. RM2,511
iPhone 6, 4.7-inch display, 64GB: S$1,148 - approx. RM2,918
iPhone 6, 4.7-inch display, 128GB: S$1,288 - approx. RM3,274

iPhone 6 Plus, 5.5-inch display, 16GB: S$1,148 - approx. RM2,918
iPhone 6 Plus, 5.5-inch display, 64GB: S$1,288 - approx. RM3,274
iPhone 6 Plus, 5.5-inch display, 128GB: S$1,448 - approx. RM3,681

iPhone 6 prices in Malaysia

Extrapolating the US prices, taking into account previous pricing for Malaysia market,  and making approximation of the Singapore conversion, the following gives you the estimated prices for Malaysia market:

iPhone 6 (16GB): RM2,499
iPhone 6 (64GB): RM2,899
iPhone 6 (128GB): RM3,299

iPhone 6 Plus (16GB): RM2,899
iPhone 6 Plus (64GB): RM3,299
iPhone 6 Plus (128GB): RM3,699

With the iPhone going into the 5-inch display territory, we can expect the Cupertino based phone maker to regain some lost ground here. I was hoping the iPhone 5S came with at least 4.7" display; it never did.


iPhone 6 (16GB): RM2,399
iPhone 6 (64GB): RM2,749
iPhone 6 (128GB): RM3,149

iPhone 6 Plus (16GB): RM2,749
iPhone 6 Plus (64GB): RM3,149
iPhone 6 Plus (128GB): RM3,549

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