Your friendly authors from UGLY MALAYSIANA decided it is time to debut the new label: LANSKAP URBAN
(Malaysian Malay for "Urban Landscape")
These posts will focus on seemingly mundane everyday elements that make up the city's visual fabric — in this case (above) a toll both payment panel/wall — that, when analysed briefly — has been tainted and defiled by disrespect, or a dubious design sense (e.g. new office blocks, cinapek home renovations, etc), or simply by a tidak apa attitude.
Comment on the picture:
1. DISRESPECT One should not just simply advertise their businesses this way... My advice for anyone who has done this: why not stick 5,000 of such stickers on your car instead? Your car, your property. This one, public property. The non-bribery-because-they-are-paid-well cops in Singapore will arrest you liao if you stick stick liddis in SG!
2. TIDAK APA These stickers should be removed by the management of the toll booth. The red wall should be repainted, or at least cleaned of the leftover gunk — HOW UNSIGHTLY THIS IS! How to be First World???
3. DUBIOUS The Kadar Toll info sheet should not be an A4 glossy sticker set in ARIAL/HELVETICA. (The PLUS highway punya toll is better in this sense). Is it lack of finances that make these things so 'chin chai' looking? Then mebbe you should not be korrupt lor.
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The author of UGLY MALAYSIANA is reminded of a shocking 'design' encounter during his inaugural visit to KLCC Aquaria. To his dismay — all the information displays for the animals were bubble-jet printed ON NORMAL A4 PAPER FEATURING NONE OTHER THAN TIMES NEW ROMAN AND LOW-RES IMAGES, STUCK ON THE FANCY WALL/GLASS CLADDINGS WITH ONLY CELLOPHANE TAPE, NOT EVEN ENCLOSED IN ACRYLIC STANDS.
How very unprofessional
for such a National Attraction!
THESE THINGS DO MAKE A CITY A BIT MORE INTERESTING SOMETIMES TOO.
TIDAK STERIL SANGAT, KAN?