M'sia says levy won't stop S'poreans

A view of the Woodlands Causeway.

The vehicle entry permit (VEP) fee that Malaysia intends to charge foreign vehicles driving into Johor Baru will have minimal impact on Singaporeans, said a Malaysian minister yesterday.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dr Wee Ka Siong, said tourist arrivals from Singapore would not drop just because of the fee and that Singaporeans would still travel to Malaysia for cheaper food and products, reported The Star.

"Even with the proposed fee of RM20 (S$7.80) suggested... it is only around S$7.50 for Singaporeans.

"I do not think there is anything for them to worry about compared to the S$35 VEP charge to be imposed on foreign vehicles entering Singapore starting next month," Dr Wee said at press conference in Johor.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had reportedly said on Wednesday that the decision to implement the fee was made following a request from the state government.

The move comes just over two weeks after Singapore's Land Transport Authority said it is raising the VEP fees for foreign-registered cars from S$20 to S$35 per day starting next month. For goods vehicles, the fee will go up from S$10 to S$40 per calendar month.

This article was first published on July 18, 2014. Get The New Paper for more stories.