Posts Tagged ‘JB

LTA: get Woodlands Checkpoint congestion MOVING

September 22, 2013

It is strange. This love affair with JB routinely described by the PAP mouthpiece, The Straits Times, as riddled with crime. Every day the Woodlands ICQ and Causeway see big jams. These days it normally takes about an hour or more to cross over to JB. Weekends see even heavier congestion. Drivers curse and swear […]

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 […]

Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL): great news for Singapore motorists

October 7, 2012

Regular road users of the Causeway to JB must have cheered the recent news by Premier Najib of Malaysia that it was taking over the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and that it would be toll-free. From the outset, there were plans to charge all road users entering JB via the Causeway a toll up to […]

CRIME in JB: lip service only or cakap saja.

July 15, 2012

JB police chief has assured Singaporeans that criminals don’t target them as crime is one of giving them the opportunity. That means Malaysians are also victims. This may be true but Singaporeans are still very much wary of JB’s unsavoury reputation. JB has a reputation for making a big show of tackling crime in an […]

Crime in JB: kidnapped Singapore family will return

July 9, 2012

Rita Zahara is one lucky lady because her family escaped bodily harm or, worse, being sent to meet the Divine after being kidnapped in JB on 1 July. I had no doubt then that the kidnappers would be arrested. Congratulation to the JB police team. JB police chief spoke with some vigour after the arrest, […]

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 […]

Only S’pore-registered cars to pay new Causeway toll: JB is doomed

March 24, 2012

Speculation now is that only Singapore-registered cars may have to pay the new Causeway toll which is expected to be five times more while Malaysian cars will be spared. Singaporeans in effect are subsidising Malaysians if the new toll is eventually even higher. What’s everybody may not be aware is that the Land Transport Authority […]

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: 5 reasons to boycott JB

December 29, 2011

Once the Malaysian authorities increase the Causeway toll in view of the new expressway linking JB to the North-South Expressway, many motorists will think twice about driving over for the following reasons: 1. Early reports indicate that the new Causeway toll will be about 4 times more. Singapore Immigration will surely not miss the opportunity […]

3/4 tank rule for CNG cars: welcome to the pay-and-pay club

December 27, 2011

Owners of CNG cars must have read with dismay that they too have to comply with the 3/4 tank rule should they wish to venture into JB next year. Now they are offered another perspective of the pay-and-pay culture here, thanks to an ever-vigilant government protective of its revenue stream.  Singapore motorists are a sorry […]