More than 430,000 Malaysians and ex-Malaysians holding Singaporean citizenship will be returning to their homeland for the long year end break. At the Woodlands Checkpoint, the queues to cross the 1km bridge took more than 4 hours on Friday (Dec 22) and the jam affects only in one direction towards Malaysia.
The traffic jam has not subsided much over the past two days, because Singapore’s immigration department refuse to add more counters or manpower to accommodate the crowd. For decades, Singapore government has long grew immune to criticisms for it’s failure to facilitate more manpower to clear the passage.
Singapore has long relied on it’s unofficial hinterland, Malaysia, for water, natural resources, cheap manufacturing products, food and cheap labour. The favourable currency exchange rate of RM3 to S$1 have attracted more Malaysians in recent years to work in Singapore, as Malaysians have higher priority over other foreigner nationals when it comes to employment opportunities.
Every year, more than 20,000 foreigners take up Singapore citizenship and about half of them are Malaysians.
There are also many ex-Malaysians taking up political offices in Singapore. Among them are: Minister Janil Puthucheary, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, MP Lee Bee Wah and MP Foo Mee Har.