SG WILL REMOVE VEP CHARGE IF M’SIA DOES THE SAME. TIT-FOR-TAT GAME CONTINUES

Dear A.S.S. Editor

The Transport Ministry has issued a statement indicating that they will discontinue the recently announced VEP charge on non-Singapore vehicles entering the country, if Malaysia remove their own VEP or start charging VEP in their other bothers, thus indicating that the charges are not discriminatory against Singapore vehicles.

While this is good, it just confirms that the VEP charge made by Singapore was simply a tit-for-tat response to Malaysia’s. The two governments playing a petty game, and the result is that citizens of both country lose out.

Immediately after this was announced, Malaysia themselves announced that they will also introduce VEP charges at their border with Thailand by June this year. So, if this is true, then Singapore will pull back their VEP charge, right? Since by June, the charge would no longer be discriminatory against Singapore cars. Let’s see what the authorities here do.

Wee S. Hua

A.S.S. Contributor

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