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Sports Hub: cyclists not welcome?

August 24, 2014

The lack of parking facility for bicycles has now been highlighted in the media. This is very disappointing for a so-called sports hub that aspires to be world class. There’s no doubt that it’s an impressive edifice but billing itself world class is a bit of exaggeration when cyclists cant even find a place to […]

JB toll hike: JB boycott continues, Part 2

August 20, 2014

At one stroke of the pen, the Malaysian government has managed to reduce dramatically the perennial traffic congestion on the Causeway, the blight of cross border travelers for the last 40 odd years. This is miraculous indeed. The icing on the cake is that even with a spectacular fall in traffic volume, the Malaysian government […]

JB toll hike: boycott continues after 2 weeks

August 15, 2014

Out of curiosity I’ve been monitoring the outbound traffic to JB for two weeks. The JB state government may not like to know this: the number of a Singapore cars crossing over has fallen dramatically. To see things at first hand, I crossed over the other day. I took the 400% JB toll hike in […]

National Day: why few fly the national flag

August 8, 2014

Once again the same scenario is being played out: the majority of Singaporeans are not flying the national flag. The suggestion by the ruling PAP MPs that it’s due to the design of HDB flats is laughable. They not only insult our intelligence but also highlight the widely held perception that they are sorely out […]

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 […]

RM 50 JB toll or how to reduce jb into a ghost town

July 25, 2014

So the cat is out of the bag in a manner of speaking. In an unashamedly tit for tat, Malaysia will impose a toll of not less than RM 50 (about SGD 20) on Singapore vehicles. And don’t forget LTA, aggressive in chasing after every dollar, will match whatever final figure Malaysia comes up with. […]

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 […]