Details on Toll to Drive into Malaysia Later
Malaysia is imposing a toll in the form of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for foreign vehicles entering JB. This is a tit for tat as Singapore would impose an increased VEP of $35 for Malaysian vehicles which enter Singapore from August. Odd retaliation by Malaysia as those impacted would be Malaysian retail, food and petrol outlets. Or maybe smart as Singaporeans who still insist on driving into Malaysia would buy in bulk such that their savings would still cover the VEP imposed by Malaysia.
For one thing, Abdul Ghani is no longer Johor MB. Mohamed Khaled Nordin is the new MB since 2013 and he wants to play bilateral ties differently especially since he has good ties with the Sultan of Johor. After all, it was the Sultan of Johor who started the controversial land reclamation project in the straits which rubbed Singapore the wrong way as it would cause land erosion at Singapore at the very least. Or is it the other way round and the Sultan with his growing influence is the one prodding the current Johor MB on the VEP for Singapore vehicles.
Malaysia to charge foreign motorists entering Johor
POSTED: 16 Jul 2014 20:41
UPDATED: 16 Jul 2014 22:24
JOHOR BAHRU: Malaysia on Wednesday announced that it will charge drivers of all foreign vehicles entering Johor Bahru.
According to The Star, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the decision to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee was made following a request from the state.
Najib also said the date of implementation of the fee and the rates will be announced later.
Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the ministry was fine-tuning the proposed VEP charge.
However, he said the VEP charge would not be applicable at the border checkpoints in the northern part of the Malaysian peninsula.
“We are taking a bilateral approach only between Malaysia and Singapore because only Singapore is imposing a VEP charge on Malaysian vehicles and not the other countries,” said Abdul Aziz.
Johor Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin had said the Johor government suggested a VEP charge of RM20 (S$7.80), with RM5 going to the state government for road maintenance, for Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and the Second Link.
Singapore had earlier announced an increased VEP charge of S$35, from S$20, on foreign vehicles entering the republic effective 1 August.
In response, Malaysia’s UMNO Youth also proposed on Tuesday imposing a fee on Singaporean cars entering Malaysia.