We all know it – That bumper to bumper traffic between the JB and Singapore causeways over the weekends but why do we still cross the Causeway?
Having covered half our expenses on food and medical, another appeal I must add is vehicle servicing. Although we’re restricted when it comes to having a full tank from Malaysia when we cross the border but maintaining vehicles does come off more affordable in JB.
This author spoke to a motorbike enthusiast who claimed that he would not have been able to afford to maintain his three motorbikes if it weren’t for cheaper servicing options in Malaysia. While he purchases his bikes in Singapore, he makes regular trips to JB to service them as it costs him a third of the price to do so versus in Singapore. And he isn’t the only one.
It’s also not an uncommon sight to see drivers in Singaporean-registered cars lined up for car washes while the rest of their family members or friends get their shopping done.
The three things above are just the majority of the items mentioned by the people when interviewed, and other items mentioned were saving on toiletries, household items like shelves, pillows, towels, clothing, and even shoes! Stores selling bigger items have even started offering delivery to Singapore so it’s now becoming easier for them to purchase furniture like sofa sets or even mattresses. Someone even mentioned how she crossed over once to get something from Daiso, which at one point, due to the conversion rate, came off cheaper in JB than in Singapore!
Lower cost of living
The fact that Singaporeans are willing to go that far brings to light another important trend – Singaporeans choosing to settle down in Johor. Often, they would rather commute daily for work, or to visit their families, instead of permanently living in Singapore. One of the main reasons cited for this move is the lower cost of living. While regular Singaporeans flock to Johor over the weekend for smaller items like food and retail therapy, there are others – the number is said to be about 5,000, who have realised that even bigger ticket items like property and vehicles cost substantially less in Malaysia.
Whatever the case, it’s always welcoming to see bustling activities on both sides of the border.