JOHOR BARU: The move to reduce the levy charge for for commercials vehicles when ferrying goods across the Second Link land checkpoint will have a positive impact on Johor’s economic growth.

Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who is the state executive committee chairman for tourism, trade and consumerism, said the government’s decision to revise the toll and levy charges at the Tuas Toll Plaza, which comes into effect on Feb 13, will not only draw more visitors from Singapore to Johor Baru but also those from other neighbouring countries which often use Singapore as gateway transit to other Asean destinations, including Malaysia.

(File pix) A view of the Tuas checkpoint. Pix by Mohd Azren Jamaludin

"This is a positive move for the state’s economic development and growth as it will spur more tourism activities in Malaysia. More travellers will make Johor Baru their preferred travel destination, especially as the journey will not burn a hole in one’s pocket,” he said.

Tee said the move regarding the the trade levy also offers a prosperous outlook for the Johor business industry as more investors would be keen to set up their businesses in the state.

Meanwhile, members of the public believe that the move will greatly help motorists on both sides of the Causeway.

Nanthakunar K. Nallavan, 28, a desktop engineer from Malaysia who works in Singapore, said the government’s ongoing effort to ease traffic congestion at the Causeway should be lauded.

Communications officer Razali Tompang, 41, while commending the move, at the same time expressed hope that the Vehicle Entry Permit charges would also be reduced.

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