Archive for the ‘Malaysia’ Category

LTA Greed: Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent Part 2

April 1, 2013

One look at the picture of the yellow lines in a narrow back lane in Singapore and a Malaysian burst out laughing like mad. “This is crazy. Your government is insanely greedy for money,” he said. “You Singaporeans are easily bullied we Malaysians always say.” “In Malaysia, parking is generally free. After all, roads are […]

Cycling in Malaysia on a foldable bike

December 1, 2012

Have you ever tried riding a foldable bike for about 80 km? Foldable bikes are ideal for urban commuting but for cross city rides? Well, I put it to the test recently. My idea was to take my bike to Taiping and from there ride to Penang and do a Tour de Penang. The idea […]

JB Immigration and Customs Complex: JB Traffic cops still “working hard”

November 5, 2012

Cycling home last night ( yes, cycling, not driving) in a steady drizzle towards JB ICQ I wondered whether the JB Traffic cops would still be fishing for “business” outside the complex. I’ve witnessed many instances of Singapore motorists being booked at this spot for allegedly beating the red light. Well, even in the drizzle […]

Crime in JB: Singapore family kidnapped in JB

July 3, 2012

The case of the Malaysian family who were kidnapped two days ago in JB must have horrified Singaporeans. It both saddens and infuriates me whenever I read about Singaporeans who get into trouble in Malaysia. It infuriates me when commonsense is lacking, for instance, driving through the JB checkpoint without having your passport stamped because […]

Are PAP Ministers Cocky?

June 4, 2012

Do you know what’s the difference between a Singapore Minister and a Malaysian one apart from pay which the whole world knows the former beats the latter hands down? The stark difference is how they each reach out to the ordinary man in the street. In Singapore our Ministers put on airs, are unapproachable and […]

New Causeway toll: a survey of Singapore motorists

January 1, 2012

To my mind it’s a forgone conclusion that the Malaysian authorities will surely increase the Causeway toll by up to 6 times as some reports suggest.  I asked my friends who are JB regulars if they’d continue to go if the toll were hiked up. All said no, not worthwhile anymore, JB prices of food, […]

New Causeway toll: unfair, boycott JB

December 9, 2011

The Causeway is seen as a cash cow by both the Singapore and Johor authorities.  Now the cash cow is getting fatter. From next year, returning motorists from JB will have to pay a toll.  This is to pay for the new highway linking the Causeway to the North-South Expressway.  This is unfair for those […]

President Nathan: done the best I can. Really?

August 8, 2011

Car wash places in Johor Bahru (JB) are a great place to meet Malaysians from taxi drivers to cops. Taxi drivers like their counterparts elsewhere are a great source of information as well as possessing a penchant for politics. Din was no exception. Din: i hear you’re about to hold a presidential election. Me: You’re […]

Singapore National Day: where are our national flags?

August 2, 2011

With a week to go before National Day, our HDB heartland should be awash with the national flags fluttering proudly from HDB apartments. Sadly, it’s not the case. And as for cars, I saw only one displaying the flag so far. Contrast this with the situation in Malaysia. With one month to go before their […]

National Day: majulah “democratic society”?

August 1, 2011

Singapore Parliament: more than three months after the watershed General Election, the House has yet to sit. Be sceptical if you like but keen observers of the Malaysian political scene have remarked to me that Malaysia is much more democratic than Singapore which remains as repressive as ever. As reported in The Star newspaper, Prime […]