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Commuters see smooth traffic at Causeway

Commuters travelling into Singapore from Johor said their journey was smooth on Saturday morning (August 2), a stark contrast to Friday morning's protests at the Johor Checkpoint.

SINGAPORE: Commuters travelling into Singapore from Johor said their journey was smooth on Saturday morning (August 2), a stark contrast to Friday morning's protests at the Johor Checkpoint. On Friday, two bus drivers had refused to pay the increased tolls at the Malaysian Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex and left their vehicles there, blocking traffic.

Some commuters also pointed out that on weekends, fewer workers from Malaysia travel to Singapore. Others noticed traffic into Johor was also surprisingly clear for a weekend.

Hussain Zack, who commutes to Singapore for work, said: "Today for me, is okay. Yesterday was very inconvenient for us." Lim Chee Huat, a technical specialist, who also commutes to Singapore for work, said: "Yesterday there was no bus, so everybody walked almost 30 to 40 minutes to Customs. Maybe a lot of people were late for work."

Driving from Woodlands Checkpoint to Johor was also a breeze, and this came as a surprise to some who were expecting massive jams since it is the first weekend since Hari Raya on Monday. Some commuters coming in from Singapore said a trip that would normally take them about an hour took only about ten minutes.

Rooslina Md Nor said: "I was surprised to see that today the traffic was very clear. I thought since it is Hari Raya, I was afraid to even go in." Yew Hung Seng, who comes home to Johor on weekends, said: "Because of the increase of the toll fees, so maybe for the first weekend, most Singaporeans want to play safe first."

One Singaporean said he drives into Johor with his family at least once a week for leisure, but will now consider cutting down his travel because each visit could cost more than S$7 in toll charges alone. Others said some might find property in Iskandar less attractive to purchase if they had to pay the new toll rates to commute to Singapore every day. 

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