Wednesday, October 26, 2011

People wake up. The floods are caused by cars.

AFP: Thai floods force Honda to shut Malaysia plant: "KUALA LUMPUR — Japanese auto giant Honda halted production at its Malaysian plant Tuesday due to disruption to its supply chain caused by devastating floods in neighbouring Thailand.
Honda Malaysia said in a statement that the flooding had caused Honda Automobile Thailand and other major suppliers to close, leading to a parts shortage."

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Flooding, Public Transit Dominate Jakarta Draft Budget | The Jakarta Globe

Public transportation is set to receive Rp 3 trillion in funds
 for the 2012 Jakarta budget, the governor said on Friday. (AFP Photo)
Flooding, Public Transit Dominate Jakarta Draft Budget | The Jakarta Globe: "Of the eight programs, public transportation would get the most funding, at Rp 2.89 trillion. Fauzi said they wanted to develop three new TransJakarta busway corridors — one of which would go to Bekasi and another to Tangerang — buy land for a fourth corridor and adapt pillars intended for the scrapped monorail project into an elevated busway track. The city also wants to buy new buses for the TransJakarta network."

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Thailand keeps free transit - tries to mitigate fossil-fuel subsidy

Economic policies of Thailand's new government: "It said in August it expected to raise excise tax on all fuels in the next 6-8 months to make a more appropriate price structure.

-- Pledge to hold down prices of consumer goods and energy.
On Oct 3., the cabinet approved the extension of free public transport until Jan. 15 for certain users and the government said this would cost 2.18 billion baht."

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