Singapore says may retaliate if VEP ‘discriminatory’
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — Singapore’s Transport Ministry today said it could hit Malaysian vehicles with an entry charge similar to the one Putrajaya will enforce beginning November 1, if it finds the fee to discriminate against Singaporean vehicles.
“We note that Malaysia plans to implement a Road Charge of RM20 at the Causeway and Second Link checkpoints from 1 November.
“If it discriminates against Singapore-registered vehicles, we will match it in some form,” the ministry was quoted as saying by The Straits Times.
Malaysia today confirmed that it will begin charging the long-delayed vehicle entry permit (VEP) fee of RM20 on foreign vehicles entering via the Causeway and Second Link in Johor.
The same fee is not listed for vehicles driving into Malaysia from other countries that share its borders such as Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia whose Kalimantan region is linked to both Sabah and Sarawak.
The VEP, which was first proposed in 2006, had initially been scheduled to begin on July 16, but was again postponed as it had been multiple times before.
Although mooted in 2006, serious steps towards implementing the VEP only started in 2014, in reaction to Singapore’s revision of its charge on foreign cars entering the republic from S$20 to S$35.
Singapore currently affords Malaysian motorists 10 days’ free entry each year before they are charged the VEP.