JOHOR BARU: The state government has asked the Federal Government to pay serious attention to overcome traffic congestion especially at the Second Link between Malaysia and Singapore.
State Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said this problem at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) near the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang needed to be addressed as next year was Visit Johor Year, and also Sukma in Johor.
Next year is also Visit Malaysia Year.
She added that a special task force had been set up to study and find ways to overcome congestion at KSAB since last year.
She said the task force, led by Perling assemblyman Cheo Yee How, was working with Johor Immigration Department (JINJ).
She said the congestion was caused by increase in traffic along the route, especially during holidays.
“According to JINJ, the number of people using the KSAB bus route on March 9 was 11,965, while 19,308 were recorded on March 16,” she said.
Liow said the facilities along the route in KSAB could not accommodate the arrival of too many tourists.
She said the department has taken measures like increasing its workforce to alleviate congestion during this holiday season.
Liow said she also received complaints that tourist bus passengers had to disembark and queue up for immigration clearance.
“To overcome the problem, KSAB has deployed Rela personnel at the bus route to maintain traffic flow so that bus passengers do not have to come down and queue.
“At the same time, all must plan their trips weIl to avoid getting stuck in traffic snarls.
“Travel agents can guide their customers on this. Also, they should arrange for tourists to stay at least one night in Johor to enjoy tourism products in the state,” she said.
Liow also encouraged foreign tourists to enter the state through Senai International Airport which now has seven international routes including direct flights from Guangzhou and Haikou in China.