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Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday August 20, 2013 MYT 11:20:34 AM
by desiree tresa gasper AND zazali musa at the johor state assembly
NUSAJAYA: Johor should consider imposing a levy on Singapore-registered vehicles entering the state because the move would generate additional revenue.
Datuk Samsol Bari Jamil (BN –Semarang) said more than 200,000 cars from Singapore entered Johor Baru daily via the Causeway and Second Link Crossing.
He proposed that the state government imposed a RM7 (S$2.70) levy on each Singapore-registered car, adding that the amount was affordable to Singaporeans.
“They (Singaporeans) will continue coming to Johor even if the state government starts imposing the levy on them,” he said.
He said it was a well known fact that both Singapore and Johor had a close relationship, with many Singaporeans having relatives and family members in the state.
Samsol Bari also urged the state government to bring equal amounts of development to other parts of Johor and not only focus on certain districts.
“Johoreans in the other parts perceive that they have been sidelined by the state government in development,” he said.
Earlier, it was a new experience for many at the first official state assembly sitting here, with a new mentri besar, new state Speaker and new assemblymen.
As question time started, assemblymen from both sides of the divide raced to stand up first. At times, three assemblymen would stand up at the same time.
There was also more confusion because Speaker Datuk Mohamed Aziz addressed all the assemblymen as YB (Yang Berhormat); he was unfamiliar with their faces and names.
“Please excuse me, but you will have to gauge which YB I am speaking to based on my eye contact and the direction that I am facing,” he said.
But some assemblymen continued to stand up and speak at the same time.
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