VEP

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

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.

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M'SIA AND SG FIGHTS OVER WHO CAN CHARGE VEP MORE

Did not take Malaysia authorities that long to react to Singapore's government announcement of foreign vehicles having to pay to enter Singapore.

Our government recently announced that vehicles entering via the two causeways will have to pay $6.50, on top of the $35 VEP charge from 17 February onwards, a move they said to match Malaysia's own introduction of VEP charges. But Malaysia had said that it is now their turn to review the charges, as Singapore are charging above what Malaysia are charging. So, in another tit-for-tat move, Malaysia will possibly increase their own VEP charges.

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DON'T BE FOOLED! RECIPROCAL ROAD CHARGE IS NOT TIT-FOR-TAT

The money-crazy PAP Government tries to justify their latest increase on cross-border road charges by portraying it as tit-for-tat. Basically what they are telling the Singapore public is "they started it first".

“This is to ensure that Malaysia takes into consideration our response whenever they raise their tolls or introduce a new levy,” Mr Khaw said.

But before anyone is fooled, let's look at some events in time:

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TRANSPORT MINISTRY: MALAYSIA'S VEP TAX DISCRIMINATES AGAINST S'POREANS

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) issued a statement today to condemn Malaysia's latest decision to impose entry fees of RM20 ($7.16) for foreign-registered vehicles travelling to Johor. The fee will kick in 1st October. Singaporeans who wish to travel by private transport to Johor would also have to register online before 1st September or they may be denied entry to Malaysia. MOT said it is requesting more more information from Malaysian authorities on their new requirement for Singapore vehicles to pre-register before entering Malaysia.

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VEP FOR S'PORE CARS ENTERING JOHOR CAPPED AT 50 RINGGIT

The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for Singaporean-registered vehicles entering Johor will be capped at RM50 (S$19.50), according to a report in Malaysia's New Straits Times. Malaysia's Transport Ministry says it will set an amount that is affordable for Singaporeans, as it does not want tourist numbers to drop.

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M'SIAN MINISTER: S'POREANS WILL STILL COME TO JOHOR FOR CHEAP FOOD & SHOPPING

The proposed Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor Baru will have minimal to no impact on Singaporeans entering the city via the Causeway and Second Link. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that tourist arrivals from across the border would not drop just because of an imposed entry fee and that Singaporeans would still come into Malaysia for cheaper food and cheaper products.

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