Malaysia yet to implement planned Vehicle Entry System
IT IS still not known when Malaysia will launch the planned Vehicle Entry System (VEP) at the Johor immigration checkpoints, which will require Singapore-registered vehicles entering the country to display an identification tag, reported The Straits Times and Malaysian media.
But the date might not be far off as the final details of the system are currently being worked out.
According to The Straits Times, two officials from Malaysia's Transport Ministry said that a start date had not been fixed yet, although some media suggested it should be either this month or next month.
"Minister (Liow Tiong Lai) hasn't announced (the) date," one of them said, adding that no timeline will be in place "until the system is ready".
Just last month, The Star daily reported Mr Liow as telling an audience that the system would not be implemented before all its flaws were ironed out.
The launch was first scheduled to be in August last year, then deferred to October and has been put on hold since.
Since the announcement of the scheme, more than 120,000 Singaporean vehicles have applied for the tag, mainly via Malaysia's Road Transport Department's (JPJ's) website.
According to Ismail Ahmad, JPJ director-general, the system will enable Malaysian authorities to prevent Singapore vehicles with unsettled summonses from leaving the country.
Bernama news agency also quoted Mr Ismail as reiterating recently that the system will help curb vehicle cloning as used Singapore vehicles sold in Malaysia will no longer be able to pass off as similar ones still in legal use on the island.
According to Mr Ismail, the VEP will be introduced first to Singapore vehicles followed by Thai vehicles in the north and Indonesian vehicles that enter Sarawak.