Improving traffic flow at the border

Tee (left) at the opening of Matta Johor Fair 2016 at Danga City Mall.

JOHOR BARU: The state government hopes that the Federal authorities will look into ways to ease traffic congestion at the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah.

Johor Tourism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said improving the traffic flow at the link would definitely benefit the Johor and Malaysia tourism sector.

He said the authorities should consider opening more immigration booths at the link for tourists entering the country by coaches via Johor Baru from Singapore.

“I have seen foreign tourists coming in by coaches from the republic waiting for an hour or more at our immigration checkpoint,” said Tee at the opening of the three-day Johor Matta Fair 2016 at Expo Centre @ Danga City Mall here on Friday.

Tee said another issue which contributed to the congestion there was luggage inspection.

He said there was only one scanner machine at the link to scan the luggage of thousands of visitors.

“Perhaps, the Immigration Department could put another one or two scanner machines there to speed up the procedure,’’ added Tee.

He also suggested to the Immigration Department to inspect the luggage of those using public buses and tourist coaches first before allowing them to pass through the Immigration checkpoint.

Tee said the current procedure was the passengers needed to bring down the luggage with them as they have their passports checked by the officers at the booths.

“It is quite a hassle for them to bring their luggage and you can see some of them struggling, especially those with more than one piece of luggage,’’ he said.

Tee said Malaysia could take a cue from Singapore and have the luggage inspected by officers before the visitors head to the passport counters.

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