Archive for the ‘Motoring’ Category

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 VEP: JB state govt gila?

November 24, 2014

JB state govt officials,who asserted that Singaporean motorists would still flock to JB despite the steep toll increases, puzzled me. Either they are out of touch or whistling in the dark. Friends who used to be JB regulars have refused to be held ransom by the tolls of both Singapore and Malaysia. They have been […]

JB toll hikes: Malaysia pun boleh

September 4, 2014

So a month has passed after the JB bombshell of nearly 500% in toll hikes. What has been the impact? The cross border travel has plunged dramatically. Generally it’s free flowing traffic except for the inbound traffic from Malaysia during the morning rush hour. This has wide ranging negative implications for JB businesses. A sign […]

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 […]

JB toll hike: Singaporeans boycott JB and Msian buses strike

August 1, 2014

Yesterday five of us JB regulars bade farewell to JB with a party in…JB of course. From today the JB toll for inbound AND outbound (a new toll) will cost RM 16.50. And, the Singapore regime, with greed as its core value, has vowed to match that. Once a week on average each of us […]

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: Msian government killing the golden goose

July 23, 2014

All governments regard an additional stream irresistible. The only thing that may make them think twice is the threat of paying a political price. Long used to squeezing money from its citizens, the ruling PAP hitherto have had no such fears. But the bad habit is so ingrained in its DNA, that the PAP still […]