At long bloody last…
After accomodating similar charges slapped onto Malaysian vehicles entering Singapore. The Malaysian government has finally decided to return the favour. Mind you, I don’t really know why the Malaysian government took so long to implement this, but as a Johor Bahru citizen, I find that this has been way overdue.
As much as this step is seen as part of the strategy to reduce the burden of fuel subsidies unfairly enjoyed by these foreign vehicles, I for one, feel that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Citizens of Johor Bahru have long suffered the economic disparity of higher than average prices compared to other cities. This is in no small part, thanks to Singaporeans who find the prices of goods here to be “ehhh… so cheap one!”.
Of course, this is not to say I do not appreciate the Singaporeans for spending their oh so powerful investment dollars here. But that is where I draw the line; investments. They can start up as many factories or invest as much as they want in agricultural produce… however, I definitely don’t appreciate them rolling in JB with their SUVs and filling it up with two trolleys full of daily consumables and topping up their fuel guzzlers with subsidised petrol meant for Malaysians on the way back to Singapore.