Friday, August 24, 2007

THE TWO AND A HALF HOUR TRAGEDY






If Southeast Asia is an office that opens at 7am, Burma would be 30 minutes too early. Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam would just be on time but Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines would be an hour late. An office with half of its staff coming in late wouldn’t do the job efficiently, would it?

Our region is in 4 Time Zones (UTC+6.30, +7, +8 and +9). Indonesia is the only country that uses 3 time zones from +7 to +9 and Burma is the only country that uses +6.30. If you would look closely at the map; Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is in line with Bangkok and Jakarta is in line with Hanoi at +7 -- but they are on a different time zone (+8). They share it with Manila, which is hundreds of miles east of Thailand. Have you ever wondered why?

In 1981, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammad changed their time zone to +8 to unify East and West Malaysia. And for economic cooperation, the great Lee Kwan Yew followed suit for Singapore because they will be in an awkward position. Meaning technically, the Philippines and Brunei should be the only countries in the +8 time zone.


If Southeast Asia is a hospital and baby Burma came in at 6:30 with an asthma attack, she has to wait 30 minutes to see if Dr. Thailand or Nurse Vietnam got a Ventolin inhaler. But when they came in at 7.00-- they don’t have any. Meanwhile, old Mrs. Laos and baby Cambodia came in with an asthma attack too! Now all of them -- panicked and all -- have to wait another hour to see if Dr. Singapore, Dr. Malaysia or Nurse Philippines have the inhaler. Unfortunately, when they came in at 8.00, it turned out that Dr. Indonesia got the inhaler but he’ll come in at 9.00! Now the hospital is in one BIG 2 ½ hour mess! An utter tragedy!

The ASEAN Common Time is an idea by the ASEAN to adapt a standard time for all member countries. The initiative will unify our great region – economic wise, for efficiency and mutual benefits.

If we can come to the office all at the same time, we can finish more work. And if we can come to the hospital altogether, we can relieve more patients and efficiently solve the problems.


Should the whole of Southeast Asia be in one single common time?

What do you think?


****


-- Pisanu, Thailand
As posted on BISEAN

122 comments:

Howard said...

Yes. It would be beneficial.

Arounny Chantou said...

Is there any concrete proposal on this? I think it would be really beneficial for all of us especially if we would have one common market.

Bassam said...

Cool writing. How'd you think of that? A common time would be great! No watch winding and unwinding when travellling to Bangkok or Rangoon.

kabadingbadingang pinoy said...

ayoko ng mga gnitong posting-posting dtech! wla bng huvadchuchu na mhinchung? dfat puro pinoy badinggerzie na lng nagpoposting ditech.

ErickLau said...

I really like how you write, my Thai brother. Your article about the abortion policies in south east asia is making waves on global voices already. Wow! Considering how short the post is. I enjoy your writing style. Really.

SORI PO said...

KUNG CNO KA MANG KABADINGBADINGAN PINOY KA, SNA D K N LANG NAG-COMMENT!

OBVIOUS NA GALING SA PINAS ANG KOMENTARYO MO. NKKHIYA! DI MO CGURO ALAM NA NKKINTINDI NG TAGALOG ANG AUTHOR NITONG POST NA TO NO?

BURAHIN MO YANG COMMENT MO! PINAPAHIYA MO ANG BANSA NATIN! BAKLANG PARLOR!!! GAGO!

Anonymous said...

that's why singapore is on the wrong time zone! thanks for the info!

cant_u_read said...

very insightful, pisanu! loved the post!

Macky said...

hey, i'm macky, i would like to join United SEA and be a member.

here's my email add: mackysroom@gmail.com
you could also check my blog @ mackysroom.blogspot.com.

hoping for your favorable response. thanks!

khalel said...

Macky, the invitation has been to your provided email.


Cheers!

Laibeus Lord said...

Hi all..

Yes it will be very beneficial for the whole ASEAN. And to answer the question if there is a proposal about the ASEAN Common Time - yes there is!

It was in fact being pushed by the ASEAN members who are already at UTC+0800, the members who are reserving their comments and support for it are those who are not using UTC+0800.

Also, as a correction (if you don't mind), Singapore is on the correct time-zone, which is UTC+0800.

The official name of our time is the "ASEAN Common Time" or "ACT" for short.

The company I work for, we already adopted the still proposed ACT. We use it in all our communications from papers, media, to legal documents. We simply put for example: 2:30am ACT.

Our company's scope of business is the ASEAN region, and I really pushed the use of the ASEAN Common Time for our communications. It actually helped us, as there is ZERO questions and inquiries as to what time-zone or time our postings are for them.

It shows that ACT really works, and people understand what "ASEAN Common Time" is. And the name itself will make anyone new to it to do a research, and they will see that ACT is UTC+0800. From there they can compute it (say Vietnam is UTC+0700) and get used to it.

We have customers in these countries and they are happy and in full support with ACT. Now all that is left is for the Official ASEAN political body to finally implement it.

Now of course this is a small portion of our combined population, but think about the large reach of our business, it is still countless. If it is already working even at the proposal level, then how much more once it has become an ASEAN Law.

Anyway, I'd like to join United SEA. my blog is at http://gameshogun.ws/ Contact me at Laibeus at Laibcoms dot com.

Btw, I'd like to invite you guys to the East Asian Community at BUMPzee.com -> http://www.bumpzee.com/eastasia/

Glad to know Thailanders are pro "ACT", let's push our respective societies and governments to support the "ASEAN Common Time"!

Kusnadi said...

it is really a good idea. it will remove barriers created by existing different time zones. I live near jakarta, switching to ACT will mean that we will have sunset at 7pm!! an excitement! i like it. anyway... how about easternmost indonesian regions? ACT will mean early sunrise and early sunset, not really convenient.

Laibeus Lord said...

It's not really a problem per se, coz our body clocks rely on the planet itself rather than the time measurement we human beings invented.

I've been thinking about that in respect to Russia, in a 'what if' scenario that they adopted a one time-zone policy.

Found out (at least personally and by experience) that our body clocks is more attuned to the planet than what the artificial time measurement we use.

Our body, by nature, knows what time is it. If it is sunset, it is sunset regardless if the artificial clock says otherwise.

A good example are the northern and southern most lands where they have months of daytime and months of nighttime. In these regions, their bodies still know which is nighttime and which is daytime, even though their eyes sees otherwise, and the artificial clocks do not reflect the reality (saying pm when the sun stays up for months).

So, with that, I believe, what we need to adjust is our "perception" that night is 6pm and morning is 6am. Our body knows it by nature even if, in my example "Russia", sunrise is 10am and sunset is 10pm. To our bodies, nothing changed.

Once we set our mindset to the new day-night division, we will be fine.

:)

Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Do You interesting of [b]Female use of Viagra[/b]? You can find below...
[size=10]>>>[url=http://listita.info/go.php?sid=1][b]Female use of Viagra[/b][/url]<<<[/size]

[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.png[/IMG][/URL]
[b]Bonus Policy[/b]
Order 3 or more products and get free Regular Airmail shipping!
Free Regular Airmail shipping for orders starting with $200.00!

Free insurance (guaranteed reshipment if delivery failed) for orders starting with $300.00!
[b]Description[/b]

Generic Viagra (sildenafil citrate; brand names include: Aphrodil / Edegra / Erasmo / Penegra / Revatio / Supra / Zwagra) is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient.
Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. It can help men who have erectile dysfunction get and sustain an erection when they are sexually excited.
Generic Viagra is manufactured in accordance with World Health Organization standards and guidelines (WHO-GMP). Also [url=http://twitter.com/jetlyca]q Buy Viagra Online[/url] you can find on our sites.
Generic [url=http://viagra.olistupa.ru]Viagra Super Active[/url] is made with thorough reverse engineering for the sildenafil citrate molecule - a totally different process of making sildenafil and its reaction. That is why it takes effect in 15 minutes compared to other drugs which take 30-40 minutes to take effect.
[b]impotence viagra
pictures of men on viagra
Viagra Tablets
viagra fucker
Us Pharmacy Viagra
Viagra Increased Heart Rate
altace generic
[/b]
Even in the most sexually liberated and self-satisfied of nations, many people still yearn to burn more, to feel ready for bedding no matter what the clock says and to desire their partner of 23 years as much as they did when their love was brand new.
The market is saturated with books on how to revive a flagging libido or spice up monotonous sex, and sex therapists say “lack of desire” is one of the most common complaints they hear from patients, particularly women.

Anonymous said...

Do You interesting of [b]Viagra 100mg dosage[/b]? You can find below...
[size=10]>>>[url=http://listita.info/go.php?sid=1][b]Viagra 100mg dosage[/b][/url]<<<[/size]

[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.png[/IMG][/URL]
[b]Bonus Policy[/b]
Order 3 or more products and get free Regular Airmail shipping!
Free Regular Airmail shipping for orders starting with $200.00!

Free insurance (guaranteed reshipment if delivery failed) for orders starting with $300.00!
[b]Description[/b]

Generic Viagra (sildenafil citrate; brand names include: Aphrodil / Edegra / Erasmo / Penegra / Revatio / Supra / Zwagra) is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient.
Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. It can help men who have erectile dysfunction get and sustain an erection when they are sexually excited.
Generic Viagra is manufactured in accordance with World Health Organization standards and guidelines (WHO-GMP). Also you can find on our sites.
Generic Viagra is made with thorough reverse engineering for the sildenafil citrate molecule - a totally different process of making sildenafil and its reaction. That is why it takes effect in 15 minutes compared to other drugs which take 30-40 minutes to take effect.
[b][/b]
Even in the most sexually liberated and self-satisfied of nations, many people still yearn to burn more, to feel ready for bedding no matter what the clock says and to desire their partner of 23 years as much as they did when their love was brand new.
The market is saturated with books on how to revive a flagging libido or spice up monotonous sex, and sex therapists say “lack of desire” is one of the most common complaints they hear from patients, particularly women.

Anonymous said...

Do You interesting how to [b]Buy Viagra in Canada[/b]? You can find below...
[size=10]>>>[url=http://listita.info/go.php?sid=1][b]Buy Viagra in Canada[/b][/url]<<<[/size]

[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.png[/IMG][/URL]
[b]Bonus Policy[/b]
Order 3 or more products and get free Regular Airmail shipping!
Free Regular Airmail shipping for orders starting with $200.00!

Free insurance (guaranteed reshipment if delivery failed) for orders starting with $300.00!
[b]Description[/b]

Generic Viagra (sildenafil citrate; brand names include: Aphrodil / Edegra / Erasmo / Penegra / Revatio / Supra / Zwagra) is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient.
Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. It can help men who have erectile dysfunction get and sustain an erection when they are sexually excited.
Generic Viagra is manufactured in accordance with World Health Organization standards and guidelines (WHO-GMP). Also you can find on our sites.
Generic Viagra is made with thorough reverse engineering for the sildenafil citrate molecule - a totally different process of making sildenafil and its reaction. That is why it takes effect in 15 minutes compared to other drugs which take 30-40 minutes to take effect.
[b][/b]
Even in the most sexually liberated and self-satisfied of nations, many people still yearn to burn more, to feel ready for bedding no matter what the clock says and to desire their partner of 23 years as much as they did when their love was brand new.
The market is saturated with books on how to revive a flagging libido or spice up monotonous sex, and sex therapists say “lack of desire” is one of the most common complaints they hear from patients, particularly women.

Anonymous said...

|Alexander McQueen Leather zip pumps
|Alexander McQueen Metallic leather zip flip flops
|Alexander McQueen Nude Skull Zipper Flat
|Alexander McQueen Red Skull Zipper Flat
|Alexander McQueen Skull Logo Flat
|Alexander McQueen Skull print banana pump
|Alexander McQueen Ankle Boots with Fringe

Anonymous said...

|Alexander McQueen Leather zip pumps
|Alexander McQueen Metallic leather zip flip flops
|Alexander McQueen Nude Skull Zipper Flat
|Alexander McQueen Red Skull Zipper Flat
|Alexander McQueen Skull Logo Flat
|Alexander McQueen Skull print banana pump
|Alexander McQueen Ankle Boots with Fringe

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription experience research cheap viagra - purchasing viagra online cheap

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription viagra for women available in us - buy viagra online now

Anonymous said...

buy soma online generic soma with v - soma medication reviews

Anonymous said...

buy soma online soma online overnight delivery - soma heart muscle

Anonymous said...

soma for sale soma drug in brave new world - soma omaha

Anonymous said...

buy soma generic soma pills - soma muscle relaxer side effects

Anonymous said...

generic soma soma drug carisoprodol - buy soma online cheap

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma san diego reviews - order soma online texas

Anonymous said...

cheap soma online snorting soma pills - soma online music

Anonymous said...

buy soma does generic soma look like - soma muscle relaxer back pain

Anonymous said...

buy soma aura soma costa rica - buy soma from usa

Anonymous said...

buy soma online where to buy soma intimates - soma san diego nevershoutnever

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis online without prescription-usa - cialis online purchase

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol hcl acet - tramadol 8 per day

Anonymous said...

cialis online no prescription cheap generic cialis free shipping - cialis goes generic

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol cod next day delivery tramadol 50 mg once a day - buy cheap tramadol online cod

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol for dogs and people the same - buy tramadol for cheap

Anonymous said...

tadalafil 20mg cialis reviews for women - generic cialis walgreens

Anonymous said...

cheap xanax xanax bars street price - xanax bars white

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol blood pressure - tramadol no prior prescription

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online buy tramadol topix - buy tramadol online no prescription cod

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax pills id - alprazolam 0 5mg medley

Anonymous said...

xanax online mixing xanax and alcohol effects - does xanax withdrawal kill you

Anonymous said...

generic xanax nucynta xanax drug interactions - xanax high

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol dosage 100mg - can you buy tramadol usa

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax vs ambien - cheap xanax + forum

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax indications - xanax xr vs generic

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax dosage take - buy xanax sticks

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg where to buy carisoprodol online - carisoprodol soma same

Anonymous said...

generic xanax buy xanax australia - buy xanax online without prescriptions

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol with mastercard buy tramadol online illegal - tramadol 100mg online overnight

Anonymous said...

xanax medication best xanax generic brand - what is xanax drug used for

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol and xanax - carisoprodol aspirin

Anonymous said...

generic xanax risks xanax overdose - buy xanax dublin

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax dosage 20 pound dog - buy alprazolam from india

Anonymous said...

tramadol online order cheap tramadol-overnight - buy tramadol with cod

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg soma 350 mg to get high - difference between soma carisoprodol

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax overdose do - xanax 1 mg sleep

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax bars legal - what is xanax used for medically

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol no prescription next day - tramadol for dogs in liquid

Anonymous said...

buy xanax 1mg xanax overdose how many milligrams - xanax side effects palpitations

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol 350 mg tablets used - carisoprodol generic soma

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol vicodin online no prescription overnight - carisoprodol soma compound

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol 350 mg soma - carisoprodol (soma) buy

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol mexican tramadol 100mg - seizure after overdose tramadol

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol hcl 50mg street value - tramadol effects

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol online legal - just pills order tramadol online

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol withdrawal worse than vicodin - order tramadol online forum

Anonymous said...

xanax online side effects from xanax drug - xanax job drug test

Anonymous said...

cialis online best pharmacy price cialis - cialis price egypt

Anonymous said...

generic xanax buy xanax overnight delivery no prescription - 8mg xanax overdose

Anonymous said...

cialis online buy cialis drugstore - reputable online pharmacy cialis

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax withdrawal symptoms timeline - xanax effects central nervous system

Anonymous said...

cialis cost generic cialis cheapest price - order cialis online with prescription

Anonymous said...

cialis online buying cialis online usa - buy cialis eu

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online 2mg xanax round pill - xanax dosage forms

Anonymous said...

tadalafil without prescription cialis faq - cialis 5 mg price

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis for daily use and bph - cialis 5 mg best price australia

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis moment urban dictionary - buy cialis reviews

Anonymous said...

xanax online drug interactions with xanax and adderall - generic xanax vs brand xanax

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online buy cialis dapoxetine - buy cialis retail

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis daily blood pressure - cialis reviews patients

Anonymous said...

cialis online buy viagra or cialis online - real cialis online pharmacy

Anonymous said...

cheap tadalafil cialis daily no prescription - cialis 30 oral suspension

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#21906 tramadol no prescription next day - tramadol dosage buzz

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol withdrawal migraine - just pills order tramadol online

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#97734 illegal to buy tramadol online - tramadol long before addiction

Anonymous said...

cheap clonazepam lethal dosage klonopin - 2mg klonopin dosage

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#74967 tramadol kidney damage - tramadol dose

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#30694 tramadol online no prescription mastercard - buy tramadol online cod only

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#30694 best dosage tramadol - tramadol 50 mg mfg zydus

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#57594 par 822 tramadol - tramadol hcl 50 mg

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 100mg retardtabletten - order tramadol online sweden

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online mastercard overnight tramadol iv - order tramadol online mastercard

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#57594 tramadol withdrawal day 3 - tramadol hcl for dogs side effects

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#97734 long does 50mg tramadol take kick - tramadol 50mg injection

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#51726 buy tramadol online missouri - tramadol hcl 325 mg

Anonymous said...

klonopin for anxiety safe take 2mg klonopin - klonopin withdrawal flu

Anonymous said...

http://blog.dawn.com/dblog/buy/#about-us buy tramadol cod overnight delivery - buy tramadol in usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol cod online tramadol 50 mg weight loss - tramadol 50 mg 60 capsulas

Anonymous said...

tramadol cheap buy tramadol online with cod - tramadol 100 mg experience

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online zoloft klonopin withdrawal - klonopin overdose how much

Anonymous said...

cheap klonopin normal klonopin dosage - klonopin 93 833 side effects

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#51726 order tramadol with free shipping - tramadol no prescription next day delivery

Anonymous said...

tramadol 100 mg tramadol dosage for 10lb dog - buy tramadol now

Anonymous said...

http://reidmoody.com/#41572 ativan withdrawal after 2 weeks - 1mg lorazepam diazepam equivalent

Anonymous said...

clonazepam without prescription neurological side effects klonopin - klonopin dosage yellow

Anonymous said...

http://reidmoody.com/#36921 lorazepam generic ativan benzodiazepine - ativan dosage for flying

Anonymous said...

buy ativan online ativan withdrawal timeline - ativan jokes

Anonymous said...

http://reidmoody.com/#41572 ativan side effects itching - lorazepam 1 mg high

Anonymous said...

http://southcarolinaaccidentattorney.com/#77410 carisoprodol controlled drug - soma carisoprodol abuse

Anonymous said...

http://ranchodelastortugas.com/#64581 1mg xanax urine drug test - buy xanax vicodin online

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax pills colors - order xanax online cheap

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax dosage for dogs by weight - xanax side effects with alcohol

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol cost - tramadol overdose 1500 mg

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol no prescription where to buy carisoprodol - soma carisoprodol tablets 250 mg directions

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online buy tramadol in usa - cope tramadol addiction

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol cheap soma carisoprodol muscle relaxer - buy carisoprodol without rx

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol without rx cheap tramadol online no prescription - tramadol hcl 50 mg strong

Anonymous said...

http://ranchodelastortugas.com/#72895 xanax 1mg dose - xanax urine detection time

Anonymous said...

http://staam.org/#41652 legal buy tramadol online - tramadol 50mg tablets info

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online cipro xanax drug interactions - xanax dosage for sleep

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol can you get high - carisoprodol 350 mg online

Anonymous said...

a [url=http://www.stratteraonlinesale.com/]Atomoxetine Online [/url] atomoxetine online - Strattera Without Prescription - cheap strattera online http://www.stratteraonlinesale.com/ [url=http://www.marinedieselusa.com/] Topamax For Sale [/url] buy topamax online no prescription - Cheap Topiramate - topamax online no prescription http://www.marinedieselusa.com/