A friendly warning from someone who regularly walks the 30 minutes from the new JB Customs on the mountaintop to Singapore, and back again in the evening.
From NST Opinions 21 Dec 2008:
From Malaysia Today (with lots of choice comments at the link, one included in screenshot below):
Pedestrians have it tough at CIQ
I WOULD like to offer two friendly warnings to all travellers who are entering or leaving Malaysia via the new Customs and Immigration Quarantine Complex in Johor Baru.
First, when leaving Malaysia, you’ll be in for quite an odyssey if you plan to go on foot. There is apparently no dedicated lane for pedestrians all the way to or from the Causeway.
You’ll have to follow the vehicle roads and play “frogger” or “chicken” with motorists to cross the road at certain points as there is no raised pedestrian crossing or zebra crossing.
Second, upon returning to Malaysia and after you have made it through the passport checkpoints, you will have a choice: turn left to walk to Johor Baru City Square shopping complex, or turn right and go down an escalator or stairs to a bus waiting area.
I have learned first hand that once you make that choice, you cannot change it.
Let’s say that you go to the bus area, but then want to try walking to the JB City Square due to a lack of buses.
If you try to walk back up the stairs, backtracking not more than 10 metres or so, you will be stopped by the guards who have orders not to allow anyone to return via the way they came. Maybe if you try walking backwards, they’ll make an exemption.
Instead, you have to walk back to the entry zone and go through the passport checkpoint all over again. At rush hour, it means you may have to queue behind some 50 people two times in a row!
The alternative is to simply walk along the road meant for vehicles, which again is full of risk.
By not providing any contingencies for pedestrians, the CIQ Complex is crippling the self-dependency and initiative of many Malaysians.
SCOTT THONG YU YUEN,
This is Frogger:
See also previous letters on the new JB Customs, at Impose law and order on the JB Custom & Immigration Quarantine Complex.