Malaysian workers use risky shortcut to evade Causeway jam

Malaysian workers use risky shortcut to evade Causeway jam
A commuter taking a short cut by walking over the rail line to avoid the early morning jam at the Johor Causeway.
PHOTO: Sin Chew Daily

JOHOR BAHRU - To beat the perennial jam on Johor Causeway, many local residents have come up with their own solutions.

They take the short cut along the rail line from Lido Beach to avoid the traffic jam, and then climb up to the Causeway and walk their way to the other end.

These Malaysian workers making the daily commutes to Singapore have somehow managed to evade the Malaysian immigration checkpoint.

It is understood that this short cut is quite popular among commuters around 7am to 8am morning rush hours, and the same route is taken during the evening rush hours between 7pm and 8pm in the opposite direction.

Spidermen in action

A reader tipped Sin Chew Daily that such "Spiderman" acts were common during morning rush hours. He said he had already grown accustomed to sighting people climbing up from the below-grade rail line, over the large water pipes onto the Causeway.

Sin Chew Daily's reporting team took the trouble of checking out the short cut, and found that it was very much in use by some impatient commuters.

From what we know, these "Spidermen" are believed to have gained access to the shrub beside the Causeway from the beach on the left just across the road from the JB police headquarters.

They later walk along the rail line beside the Causeway until the point nearest to the Causeway road surface, where they will climb up to the Causeway from the water pipes.

The Sin Chew team found an obvious trodden path in the midst of shrub beside the Causeway believed to have been used by the commuters over the years.

KTM Southern Region manager Omar Nazari Othman told Sin Chew Daily he was unaware of this thing as he had not received any report or complaint so far.

He said without the enforcement power, KTM could not do anything even if a person was found walking along the rail line.

"I will probe this matter and will send people there to check. We will report to the police if we find anyone doing things that will damage the rail line."

Common practice

When contacted by Sin Chew Daily, a construction worker at a nearby site confirmed that he had seen such things taking place himself.

In order to have a hands-on experience with this short cut, our reporting team decided to take the short cut themselves.

But when our reporter was about to climb up to the rail line, he was instantly stopped by someone claiming to be a KTM employee.

He told Sin Chew Daily KTM had no enforcement power and could not take any legal action against violators of KTM properties, adding that all they could do was to stop people from taking the short cut.

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