Archive for the ‘Transport’ 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 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: 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 […]

PAP Core Value: collecting and collecting more and more revenue

June 5, 2014

Unjustified: ERP is to control traffic congestion but where’s the congestion here? Illogical.   I was struck by what the British PM David Cameron said yesterday in Parliament. To a packed House, he declared that his government intended to let people keep more of their money in their pockets. Say what you like about the […]

Poor MRT security: samurai man on MRT

December 20, 2013

The guy masquerading as a samurai warrior wielding a sword on the MRT trains highlights the security lapses in our transport system. MRT stations may be awash with surveillance cameras but is anyone monitoring them? This incident suggests MRT staff were not alert enough and that they had put passengers in great danger. I’ve seen […]