JOHOR BARU: Travellers going to Singapore using a route bypassing the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration, Quarantine (CIQ) building here are advised to stop doing so.
Johor Consumerism, Domestic Trade and Tourism exco Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said their action would not only endanger themselves but was also against the law – for exiting the country illegally.
He said the excuse of trying to beat the early morning traffic congestions along the Causeway was not valid.
“We acknowledge that there are congestions at the Causeway as well as at the Second Link, especially during peak hours due to high volume of usage between both sides of the two countries.
“The state government has been meeting with various agencies to look at ways to improve the congestions,” he said after officiating the Malaysia Entrepreneurs Develop-ment Association charity hall at Southern University College here yesterday.
He recommended that those involved used the train services between Johor Baru and Woodlands.
He said KTM Berhad had agreed to increase the number of trains between Malaysia and Singapore via the Causeway to cater to those working in the republic.
“It is congestion-free and will only take about five minutes to reach the CIQ and Woodlands,” he said, adding that KTMB had agreed to increase the frequency of its services if they were well received.
It was recently reported that a bypass near the CIQ was frequently used by those travelling between Malaysia and Singapore.
The state Immigration Depart-ment has since beefed up the security and detained 35 Malaysians and a Singaporean for using the illegal route.
At yesterday’s event, Tee urged young entrepreneurs to make full use of the Internet to expand their market. “We are now living in the era of globalisation where the Internet is a platform for new business ventures.”