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S’poreans impressed by M’sians’ Causeway protest, didn’t realise citizens had power

S’poreans impressed by M’sians’ Causeway protest, didn’t realise citizens had power

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Valuable lesson from one neighbour to another.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have lived in fear and under subservient conditions, are eternally grateful to lorry drivers from Malaysia.

This after the Malaysian lorry drivers threatened to stage a protest at the Causeway against the recent toll hikes and cause similar massive jams just like what happened on Aug. 1, 2014, when Malaysian bus drivers parked their vehicles in protest, leaving traffic at a standstill resulting in economic stagnation.

Singaporean citizens said they were deeply impressed by this display of revolt, which showed that regular citizens had more power than they imagined and could wield huge amounts influence in policy-making.

And these actions greatly impressed Singaporeans because they never thought citizens had any rights.

One Singaporean, Hen Hum Ji, said: “I always had the impression that citizens are always the pushovers. What the government say, we must follow, or else…”

“This protest showed us that the Little Men can stick it to the Big Guy up there where it hurts because the citizens have power.”

Asked about whether he would take part in the protest to show solidarity with the Malaysians, he said: “No lah, no, I don’t want to protest. I leave it to the Malaysians. Other people can do it, not me. No, thanks.”

S’poreans, M’sians totally believe their govts didn’t cooperate to raise vehicle entry permits fees

S’poreans, M’sians totally believe their govts didn’t cooperate to raise vehicle entry permits fees

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Yes, this tit-for-tat from both sides is so convincing.

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Singaporeans and Malaysians from all walks of life are utterly convinced that their respective governments did not hold behind-the-scenes talks before publicly announcing they will be raising Vehicle Entry Permit fees.

This after Singapore announced they will be increasing VEP fees for foreign-registered cars from S$20 to S$35 with effect from August 2014, causing Malaysia to retaliate and announce that their VEP for Singaporean-registered vehicles entering Johor will be capped at RM50 (S$19.50).

The whole affair has since been played out as if it is a tit-for-tat.

Mah Lai Ren, a Singaporean man, said: “Yes, all these increases and retaliatory moves from both sides were not discussed beforehand away from the public eye and decided behind closed doors.”

“Yes, it is all spontaneous as Singapore can just suka suka announce its intentions to raise VEP and Malaysia thinks this is not boleh and also raise their levy and it all appears like both sides are not in cahoots.”

“This is so much more believable and palatable than both sides announcing to the media they will raise VEP and both governments will get whacked by the public.”