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Traffic crunch expected at S’pore-M’sia land borders over Lunar New Year weekend

Motorists can expect heavy traffic going to and from Malaysia at Singapore's land borders over the coming Lunar New Year weekend.

SINGAPORE: Expect a traffic crunch going to and from Malaysia at Singapore's land borders over the coming Lunar New Year weekend.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has advised motorists to adjust travel plans if possible, with traffic expected to be especially heavy from January 28 to February 2.

The ICA said vehicle build-ups are inevitable, as it seeks to improve clearance efficiency without compromising security.

With a recent incident that saw a Malaysian woman slip past checkpoints, authorities will be watching every vehicle closely; add in the usual inspections, and delays will be likely.

If necessary, canines will be called upon to sniff out any suspicious activity.

Immigration and auxiliary police officers work together to facilitate smooth and orderly border clearances, and authorities have asked for travellers' understanding, especially in situations where motorists converge at checkpoints at the same time.

For now, motorists are bracing for the traffic crunch, or may even avoid it totally.

Businessman Tan Chee Seng said: "I’m not coming to the Causeway because the traffic is too (heavy)… the jam is three hours!"

Lee Cheng Hwi, a draftsman, said: "Maybe come out early, plan your time well, before you actually cross the border."

Tay Wee Khoon, a production line leader, said: "I want to avoid the (traffic) jam, that's why I don't want to cross over the bridge."

So for motorists still planning on making the road trip -- be prepared, or consider alternatives such as car-pooling.

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