Saturday, September 17, 2005

is what we have now really better???

hmmm... am gonna write a back dated event that i observed yesterday... well... thursday morning i woke up at 0845hrs and i realized i was late for the 9 am meeting in college... so i hopped into the shower and left my house at 0900hrs and reaching that at 0916hrs... which is pretty good time considering the fact that i drive a KANCIL from subang to cyber... so anyway... the bus was late so i sat there with 3 other classmates contemplating if i should eat my breakfast or not... and i finally decided that i was really hungry and couldn't take it anymore... so off i went to get my eggs,beans, sausages and bread...which was RM4 in lucct... then when i finally got my food... lecturer called me and said the bus was tehre... so i had like 4-5 minutes to wolf down everything...

infact.. i was still eating a sausage and a slice of toast when i boarded the bus... since i only got 2 hours of sleep the night before.. it wasn't long before i slipped into a unconcious state.. and only woke up when we arrived... SO NOW.. being a smoker.. i kinda walked out quick to have a smoke before going into the factory... and this was when someone really pissed me off..

when i was walking out the bus, one of the semester four student said something like 'sei fan cheong... mm sek tai lou geh ah!?' and i was pretty much sure he directed that at me.. being groggy from the lack of sleep.. i stopped in my tracks , looked at him.. and said.. 'excuse me.... what makes you think i don't understand chinese?' his face turned to a ligther shade and appologized to me..

wtf!! yeah your sorry would really make me feel better??? coming from a student that was IN THE SAME COURSE... who's like 2 years behind me semester wise.... where the f*ck is the respect? i remember a time when juniors respected seniors and we seniors were VERY VERY helpful to the juniors.. and he called me a FAN CHEONG... knnbccb!! I should have just exploded in his face and went 'wei...malai yan mm sek teng kong tong wah ar??' i would have loved to see his face then...


SOOO anyway..what i really wanted to write abt was... see i was visiting a plastic manufacturing factory... and yeah it had really cool injection moulding and blow moulding machinery.. the world is really advance now.. everything becoming more efficient and cost effective.. but what makes me wonder is ... is what we have now really better?

With everything now being computerised and handled by machinery.. the need for manpower is cut down by alot. but we still need manual labour for smaller stuff like cutting off sprues and stuff (sprues is a term for one of the plastic manufacturing thingy). anyway .. i just feel that as we become more industrialised , we're losing that humane touch.. giving jobs that used to belong to people, to be done by robots and machinery. Some how i feel sad abt this.. but at the same time i'm also amazed on advancement of the industrial world these days..

but on the other hand.. we're taking jobs away from people and lettign machinese do it.. which would mean that things would be made faster at a cheaper cost.. making the products churned out by the machines WAY cheaper.. and people form the lower income bracket would be able to buy them.. as compared to making products using labour which would incur more cost and later on boost the selling price upwards..thus rendering it incapable for the lower income levels to posses the product.. now i wonder which is better.. hmmm i'm confused... i don't think many people read this blog anyway... so i suppose i won't be able to get much opinions from people :|

8 Comments:

At 1:07 PM, Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

this malai chai chan hai fan cheong. Only sek, sekk emm sek cheie ! diu.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger JoeC said...

a fine balance, all boils down to money, which one is more efficient, better output and less downtime. Also scalability is a factor to ramp up or down to suit the market.

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger steelrage said...

cameljoe... i couldn't disagree more.. but if were talking about efficiency...then the loabourers would definately lose out as they are replaced by machinery... but thats just my view.. ;D

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous ShaolinTiger said...

Look at the bigger pictures, there's labourers somewhere else that have new jobs to make those machines, it's all balanced ;)

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Jean said...

haha, i remember when i found out that u spoke chinese.. and more amazed when u spoke canto in front of me ;P

but yeah, its "balanced out" more or less.. i suppose u can look at it this way,.. these labourers lose their jobs in the production process as machines replaced them, but machines require people to handle it, so new jobs are created though much less compared to the former.

also, it enables these labourers to up their skills through training and stuff..

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger KY said...

chill la fan cheong.. machine is always better. just make sure u end up being the one who designs those machines, or calibrate them or whatever. heh.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger myhorng said...

fan cheong, everything have pros and cons lar. it will be ok if the good are more than bad.
fully automated is always better. everything will be more accurate and better quality. as for the labour, too bad u have to cope with the changes by upgrading urself. if u can't, don't blame that the machine taken ur bloody position. the onli thing that doesn't change is changes! so...

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger steelrage said...

Why EVERYONE CALLING ME FAN CHEONG.. NABEH...

 

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