Sunday, June 5, 2011

Chaos at Johor Checkpoints

Looks like the super unusual jam is not a once-off incident. We left for Singapore at 3 pm yesterday and the queue into Johor stretched all the way from Singapore Tuas side! I think those people would have at least queued for 4 hours to clear Johor immigration. To be safe, we decided to stay in Singapore and return to Johor very late (around 11 pm). To our shock, there's still a long queue at this hour in middle of the causeway (est. 2-3 km from Johor immigration)!

The implementation of biometric fingerprint scanning system in the middle of school holidays without any allowance/increase in immigration capacity is just sad.

In both Saturdays, despite the jam and queue, not all counters were even operating!

In this article, the Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad urged travellers to be patient with the new security system. Well, what about if you join us in experiencing being stuck and queueing on causeway for hours?

I hope this message is passed along. We understand the importance of this system, however, the government should at least better anticipate the impact of this and increase capacity at the checkpoints to counterbalance. If not, I cannot imagine how would Johor immigration would be able to manage the increased traffic next year when Legoland & other facilities are opened.

What do you think?

Jam at 3 pm all along causeway bridge:

6th June 2011 Update:

Today's travel back to Johor was very smooth. I left Tanjong Pagar at 6.26 pm and I reached home at 7.12 pm. There was not much queue at both Singapore and Johor checkpoints.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Raffles, Iskandar unit partner in new RM200m campus

Singapore-based Raffles Education Corp, one of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest private education groups, is planning to build a new institute, Raffles University Iskandar, in EduCity, Singapore daily The Straits Times reported today.

Raffles University Iskandar will be the second campus run by a Singapore company in EduCity, located in the Nusajaya township.

Read more here.