Telegram. For ordinary people, receiving a Telegram normally meant bad news. Example – PULANG SEGERA STOP AYAH SAKIT TENAT (COME HOME QUICK STOP FATHER SERIOUSLY ILL). However some carried good news, as what my school headmaster in Kuala Terengganu in 1978 might have received, asking to send me to Kuala Lumpur to attend an interview at the then head office of Malaysia’s Public Services Department:
PROGRAM MATRIKULASI AUSTRALIA 1979 JPA STOP SILA MINTA PELAJAR DATANG TEMUDUGA DI IBUPEJABAT JPA TINGKAT 40 BANGUNAN UMBC JALAN SULAIMAN KUALA LUMPUR PADA 10 OGOS1978 STOP BAWA SALINAN ASAL SIJIL SIJIL DAN RAMALAN KEPUTUSAN MCE 1978 STOP
(AUSTRALIA 1979 JPA MATRICULATION PROGRAM STOP PLEASE ASK STUDENT TO COME FOR INTERVIEW AT JPA HEADQUARTERS LEVEL 40 UMBC BUILDING JALAN SULAIMAN KUALA LUMPUR ON 10 AUGUST1978 STOP BRING ORIGINAL COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND FORECAST RESULTS OF MCE 1978 STOP)
On 1st July 2012, Telekom Malaysia ended the 70 year old Telegram service in Malaysia, which had started in Malaya in 1940s.
Now in August 2014, Telegram once again come into my life. Or rather into my smartphone, laptop computer and tablet device.
It’s a messenger app, with real potential to give WhatsApp a run for its money. It has all of WhatsApp features, and dramatically increased the number of participants for a Group, plus having a really cool feature of being run simulatenously on smartphones, computers and tablets, using the SAME phone number.