Immigration officers on duty at Causeway and Second Link

JOHOR BARU - Some 900 Immigration officers will be working to cater to the over 150,000 people expected to throng the checkpoints at the Causeway and Second Link daily during the Hari Raya celebration.

State Immigration Department director Nasri Ishak said more than 300 Immigration officers would be working on each shift of the three shifts daily during the celebration.

"This weekend, we expect the number of commuters to shoot up as it's not only a public holiday for both Malaysia and Singapore for Hari Raya but Singapore's National Day is on Aug 9," he said here yesterday.

The officers, he said, would be doing their best to ensure fast clearance of passports.

He also urged commuters to be patient and be prepared for the heavy traffic.

"All our counters will be open and we will have 900 officers working throughout the day," said Nasri.

Although there was bound to be complaints of long queues, he said his advice was for motorists to check the traffic flow before starting their journeys.

"Another good suggestion is to travel during non peak hours," he said, adding that there would also be extra Customs officers and traffic policemen on duty at the checkpoints during this time.

Johor Traffic and Public Order chief Supt T. Raveendran said 650 personnel would be deployed during the long holiday weekend.

"Based on our experience in previous years, we expect traffic to be heavy. Our officers will be stationed at various points, including the checkpoints, to help motorists," he said.

Supt Raveendran urged motorists to be prepared for heavy traffic.

"We have noticed an increase in the volume of vehicles coming into Malaysia from Singapore in the past two months.

"This has caused unpredictable jams, even at around 1am to 2am which is considered non-peak hours," he said.