Archive for the ‘Malaysia’ Category

JB RM 20 VEP: JB mati lah

December 23, 2014

So finally Msia has made up its mind over its VEP for Singapore registered vehicles. It’ll be RM 20 from the middle of 2015. Clearly Msia has followed in the footsteps of Singapore in imposing a VEP. It’s finally realized what a gold mine there’s in this VEP thing. With 400,000 crossings PER DAY, the […]

JB proposed VEP: killing its golden goose

November 26, 2014

(Above) The Deserted Causeway: the new normal It seems to me Johor politicians are determined to kill their golden goose with all this talk about JB retaliatory VEP. Reports say this could be in the region of RM 50. It also strikes me as rather odd the view of these people that given their strong […]

JB toll hike: who will blink first?

August 6, 2014

Today is Day 6 of the big toll war between Malaysia and Singapore. Result? Deserted Checkpoints and Causeway. This is unprecedented. At this time before August 1 when JB retaliated with its own salvo of toll hikes, the Causeway would be heavily congested. Again as in the last 5 days, both Singaporeans and Malaysians are […]

JB toll hike: penny wise, pound foolish

August 5, 2014

Some of the utterings of Malaysian politicians betray the fact that they are sorely out of touch. One declared that prices of goods in JB are half that in Singapore. This is incorrect. Most goods in JB are only SLIGHTLY cheaper with some even matching Singapore’s. One can get similar goods in Sheng Shiong here […]

JB toll hike: the boycott cold war

August 3, 2014

Today is Day 3 of the “cold war” between JB and Singapore over the former’s toll hike of 400% and the latter’s VEP increase. Woodlands Checkpoint and the Causeway remain deserted today. Singaporeans are boycotting JB and Malaysians are not coming over. Result? An own goal by both countries. Both are losers. However, the Singapore […]

JB toll hike: signs of JB businesses meltdown?

August 2, 2014

JB ICQ implemented the new toll rates for inbound and outbound (new) yesterday. Curious to know the effect that would have on Singapore motorists, I checked the traffic situation for the morning rush hour. Lo and behold, the Woodlands Checkpoint was deserted when normally it would be bumper to bumper traffic heading to JB. So […]

Johor Baru toll hike: LTA ridiculous threat to match it in obvious money grab

July 30, 2014

As expected, LTA has issued the threat that it’d retaliate if JB were to increase or introduce a new toll at its CIQ. LTA’s oft repeated mantra is “We will match Malaysia” as if it’s fighting for the interests of Singapore motorists. The bald truth is that it’s another of LTA’s ridiculous excuses to generate […]

VEP increases: Malaysia hits back at Singapore

July 28, 2014

I’ve have never had such a good laugh. Johor reportedly does not object to the Malaysian government proposal to impose a levy on Singapore cars. Hahaha, with the prospect of millions in revenue, Johor doesn’t object? State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said besides a token toll charge, Singaporean […]

Cyber attacks on govt websites: national security shouldn’t be outsourced

November 6, 2013

The cyber attacks against the Singapore government underlines the concern many Singaporeans have over the security of the country. This covers not only cyber security but internal security as well. Many view with growing alarm the vast numbers of so-called foreign talent manning IT in Singapore. Their driving ambition is to make money not the […]

Levy on Singapore-registered cars: greedy and unreasonable

August 27, 2013

The suggestion to increase the toll on Singapore- registered vehicles is one of the most absurd I’ve heard from a Johore politician. Johor Assemblyman Mr Samsol Bari Jami suggested imposing a levy of 7 ringgit. At the current level of levy, Johor rakes in about 16 million ringgit every month or about 190 million a […]