Tuas and Woodlands Checkpoints, choked as usual

It comes as no surprise to me that another reader has written to the Straits Times’ Forum grousing about the choked border crossings at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints.

People have discussed the problem ad nauseam for years with many offering solutions. The crux of the problem as I see it is the lack of political will. If the government wants to resolve the issue, it’ll be solved tomorrow. We’ve cleaned up our heavily polluted rivers, built public housing in record time in the early days, built tunnels under the rivers for our MRT and so on so it’s inconceivable that our top civil servants and the Minister concerned are at a total loss on how to tackle the congestion issue at the checkpoints.

They have trotted out all sorts of excuses but what is abundanlty clear is the deplorable lack of political will. Since traffic congestion has an adverse impact on tourist arrivals into Malaysia, perhaps if the Malaysian government makes some noise the Singapore government will finally act? If not in another ten years the status quo will still remain.

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