Viral Post Urges S'poreans Not To Go JB On 8 And 9 May So M'sians Can Have A Smooth GE14
A post making rounds on Facebook is urging Singaporeans not to travel to Johor Bahru on 8 and 9 May – the eve and polling day of GE14
Posted on 22 April, the appeal points out how that will clear up traffic flow along the Causeway and help expedite processes at Immigration counters
"This will help the smooth flow of Malaysians entering Johor to return to vote. We really hope you could do us this favour," Zax Jabronee Lui said in the post, which had garnered over 6,500 shares at the time of writing.
After the post went viral, Malaysians begun tagging their Singaporean peers in the comments section, reminding them not to make any plans for those two days.
Meanwhile, the Immigration Department here said it will be opening all its counters on polling day to facilitate smooth traffic between Malaysia and Singapore
"The 350 officers will be deployed to both the Sultan Iskandar Customs Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) and Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ complex in Tuas to facilitate immigration process at all land checkpoint counters for a three day period which will begin on May 8," Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said as quoted by the New Straits Times.
Jazlan also advised Malaysians who will be returning from Singapore to plan their journeys carefully so they can avoid getting caught in traffic congestions before and after polling day
"The congestion may not necessarily originate from our side of the border but it might also start in Singapore.
"Those who insist on returning to vote may take your leave and plan your trip carefully and avoid from travelling during peak hours as one may get stranded for hours on the road due to the increase in traffic volume during the polling week," he added.
Around 400,000 Malaysians work in Singapore. Many reside in the city-state while others commute daily from Johor.
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