Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Visit to Muar

Fur ball: Kittens at play on the grounds of Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim. The one in front, an eager hunter, looked like a tiger cub. Note the kittens' playmate striking out like a fencer from right of frame while the rest of the pack are boxed in.

Hi everyone,
Am winding up a three-day visit to Muar - which isn't your usual touristy place.

Had a wonderful time poking around town and its surroundings on the road/estates leading to Melaka. :-)

To the people of Muar, thank you for the hospitality. Your town will feature heavily at the front and tail end of a report am working on.

Wet gap water obstacle Irrigation canal in an oil palm estate outside Muar.


Anonymous said...

I'd say the bridge might have a hard time taking 20 tons.

Anonymous said...

It wasnt design to take 20 tons loads. Light vehicles only la bro.. Theres another bridge nearby 4 heavy usage la.. Its a plantation 4 god sake. Trucks carrying palmfruits cannot flykan??

Anonymous said...

I was considering the bridge with a view of military bridging. A plantation truck need not take the most direct route. A 23 tonne Bionix or 25 tonne Terrex may not always find an intact bridge within a reasonable distance. Officially there is a possibility but not an intention of war. Otherwise why did the author bring it up in the first place?

ah seng said...

I think air strike first, the up goes our engineers. Then, a free territory for Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Free for your leader, perhaps. The cost in lives- hopefully you will help to pay.

TheSounDOne said...

Doesnt looks like a normal bridge i.e for people or vechicles to cross. More like some pipeline bridge.

David Boey said...

Hi Anon 4:53 PM,
Have relooked all open source material about the SAF in a hot war scenario, such as the 1990s Precarious Balance article and the scenario in Defending the Lion City (DLS).

All are outdated.

You are right about the cost in lives (for SAF). Will elaborate in the report am working on.

re: Bridge. The girder bridge is for utility services. However, such wet gaps which are commonly found in plantations can be bridged by a 26m overlay. But doing so necessitates vehicles crossing one by one, which in turn calls for proper traffic control points (strange how the December 2013 Pioneer magazine story about SAF Military Police Command left out their conventional warfare role) as vehicles bunched up around a crossing point represent an area target of high value. The need to bridge can also rob a Manoeuvre Force of its tempo.

Oil palm plantations are interesting to tour. Your field of view differs markedly depending on the maturity of the estate. It can dip to well under 50m for less mature estates where the palms fronds dip low.

If you can, visit one at night to imagine how a meeting engagement could develop.

To the Malaysians who shared their point of view on the DLS scenario, thank you. Have considered each point and used every open source opportunity to view the ATM (such as parades) to think about what you said.

Best regards,