SINGAPORE: The Republic will continue to match any increase in Malaysia's tolls, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Monday (Jul 11).
He said this long-standing policy is to ensure Malaysia takes into consideration Singapore's response whenever it plans to raise tolls. Mr Khaw was responding to a question in Parliament on whether the ministry will adjust the Vehicle Entry Permit fee and toll charges for vehicles entering Singapore.
The question came in response to Malaysia's intention to charge 20 ringgit for each foreign vehicle entering Johor from Singapore.
Mr Khaw said Singapore has consistently advocated open and liberal transport links and connectivity with Malaysia. For example, the tolls at the Causeway and Second Link were introduced in 1998 only in response to Malaysia's decision to levy tolls at both crossings.
"The same principle will apply in our response to Malaysia's impending road charge,” he said. “If it discriminates against Singapore-registered vehicles, we will match it in some form. We will confirm whether and how we will respond, after Malaysia has implemented their road charge and the details become available."