Many would say “It’s because of a public holiday, many Malaysian working in Singapore are returning home” Yes this is partially true. But the real reason why the jam is so bad is because…
Read this story share from an Uber who regularly pumps petrol in Johor.
“I go into Johor to pump petrol every other day to reduce my cost of driving Uber in Singapore, I normally go in the wee hours to avoid the traffic jams. ”
“There was one occasion, My wife and I decided to went in for makan and pump petrol. After waiting for hours to clear custom, I noticed that only 1 clearance booth was open despite the large amounts of vehicles queueing up.
I noticed that in the booth there was 1 lady chopping passport and 3 others chatting and playing phone. I decided to ask the lady at the counter,
“Why have 4 people at one counter and rest of the counter all close?”
To my surprise, the lady replied in an angry tone.
“YOU KNOW OUR SALARY HOW MUCH? YOU THINK WE CARE?”
I was shocked and my wife told me to stop questioning the officer and quickly move on.
As a Singaporean going to pump petrol I will not expect much or even get respect. But for a tourist going Malaysia for the first time, this is a big deal.
Imagining the first Malaysian you talked to, the customs officer is considered the first face or the first impression of the country. after entering the country talk to you like this. I can see how the tourist industry in the country “will bloom”.