Can you imagine travelling to another country for work and then back to your home country?
For many Malaysians working in Singapore, this is. Passports , they drive, ride motorcycles, or take the bus or train to get to work in Singapore, and then back home to Malaysia at the end of the day.
The Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link — the two bridges that connect the two countries — are among the busiestin the world. The Causeway was officially completed in 1924, while the Second Link in 1998. According to a Channel NewsAsia commentary published last November, about a quarter of a million make the land journey between the two countries each day.
One of them is my, a doctor who lives in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and works in a hospital in northeastern Singapore. It's a one-hour drive each way, if he avoids . So he leaves home before sunrise, and right .
workers the and long commutes to seek in Singapore that are three or four times higher than in Malaysia.
Some commuters are Malaysian students. They study in Singapore because they prefer the school curriculum here, or would like to have more classesEnglish.
It's a, of course. I know of primary school students who leave their homes at 5 a.m. to arrive for school in Singapore at 7.15 a.m. Transport costs add to the stress.
So it was great news to many when Singapore and Malaysiaa agreement early this year to build a cross-border . The 4-km Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link open by the end of 2024. Commuters will be able to a train every eight minutes.
Another potentialwould have been the high-speed rail line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The bilateral agreement to build this 350-km railway was signed two years ago. Japan had expressed interest in building it, with other including France, South Korea and China.
But with the recent change of government in Malaysia, it seems like the project maybecause of the . The RTS Link is still though, and many of my Malaysian friends remain hopeful. The more convenient it is to travel between the two countries, the less stressful it will be for the hundreds of thousands who with their passports — and hopes of a better life every day.
The Japan Times ST: June 29, 2018