I WOULD like to seek clarification on the issue of entering and leaving the Tuas Checkpoint.
I was told by an officer that nobody is allowed to enter or leave the said checkpoint by foot due to security reasons.
He advised me to go to Jurong East Bus Interchange to take service CW3, a public bus service run by Malaysia, so as to enter the checkpoint for custom clearance.
However, this does not make sense for residents who live in nearby HDB estates, such as Jurong West, where there are direct bus services to Tuas Bus Terminal, which is near the checkpoint.
They can alight at the terminal and walk to the checkpoint.
If they were to take service CW3 from Jurong East Bus Interchange, they would have to first take a bus or train to the interchange.
Currently, those taking private coaches are required to disembark and walk to the checkpoint for custom clearance, so why is it that people are not allowed to walk to the checkpoint from the nearby Tuas Bus Terminal?
I hope the authorities can consider the issues that I have raised, in view of the bus transfer hassle for residents who live nearby.
Mr Lee Ju Tong
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