Photo of Najib and Lee Hsien Loong from straitstimes

According to Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi, there was no reduction in the number of Singapore-registered vehicles visiting Johor even after a toll hike.

The RM20 (S$6.60) toll hike, called the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), functions similarly as Singapore’s version of VEP at S$35 a day, was implemented two weeks ago on Nov 1.

Revenue projections for the new Malaysian VEP, revealed by the Malaysian Transport Ministry, is around RM144 million (S$47 million) a year, while the Singapore government refuse to disclose financial revenue from the tolls it collected.

A round-trip to Malaysia for Singapore-registered vehicles now costs S$19.50.

The VEP from Malaysia angered the Singapore government who complained the new charge is “discrimination” and vowed to “price-match any increase”. Despite the news should naturally sour relationship between the two countries, the two Prime Ministers are apparently still very close as they are oblivious to the increase in transport costs for their people.