Johor Bahru Warnings and Dangers

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  • Don't be too paranoid...

    by canttaketheskyfromme Written Mar 22, 2006

    Everyone seem to think that goign to JB is like skydiving without parachute. Tell ppl your going to JB and you get the kind of reaction as if you tell them you like to play Russian Roulette. IT REALLY ISN'T THAT BAD...

    Having said that... JB is a big city and suffers all the usual problems that big cities do... so:

    1. The area immediately aroudn the causeway is the main red light district. As such, if your female, at night.... DON'T walk down the sidestreets, DON'T accept lifts or offers from strangers. If your male, DON'T accept any offers to try anything... just be sensible! In the daytime this area is OK, but at night it's pretty seedy.

    2. Hotels around the casueway area are generally used by prositutes and their clients. Make sure you have a room with a secure lock AND chain so it can't be opened from outside. Don't leave any valuables in the room, including ID, especially if your from Malaysia or Singapore (a lot of illegal immigrants in JB would do a lot to get hold of a usable M'sian or Singaporean IC!)

    3. Taxi touts around the checkpoint can be not so good. If you need a cab, use the taxi rank between City Square and KOMTAR. Or flag one down that's driving or dropping off a passenger.

    4. Dont carry a lot of cash or your wallet/purse in easy reach. Keep it beside your skin where you can feel it. Keep wallet/purse (wihtout cards and IC) seperate with a small amount of ready cash in it. If mugged by someone with a weapon, dont fight, just hand over your wallet with the small cash in it.

    5. Mobile phones get taken (It's happened to me more than once).Keep it secure and out of sight.

    6. Give an impression of knowing your surrondings.

    7. Remeber. It's not that bad a city, really. More than a million people live and work here every day and don't get chopped up with knives, stuffed in a bag, and dumped in the Strait, so it's probabaly not going to happen to you either! Keep a sence of proportion.

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    Increase in crime in Johor Bahru

    by aukahkay Updated Mar 11, 2006

    There has been an increased spate of crimes in the city of Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore. Snatch thefts are common. Motor cycle syndicates will snatch away handbags from ladies walking along the streets, some resulting in serious injury. Armed robbery is increasing especially near the immigration checkpoint. At least three Singaporean men driving Singapore-registered cars were held up at gunpoint while filling up gas at a popular gas station near the immigration checkpoint during the past year. The armed robbers fired and killed two of them.
    Car thefts are also common. Cars parked in major shopping centers and hotels have been stolen. There are car theft syndicates that operate with car park attendants and staff at these hotels and shopping centers. Even if you make a police report, nothing can be done - the police are just as corrupt and are probably also in cahoots with the syndicates.

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    Driving in Johor Bahru

    by Stevo_Jess Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    I was caught speeding (Yes I am guilty ) and the cop who stopped me gave me an option to pay the fine on the spot or travel 10 km to a police station if i wanted formal documents. I was asked to give him a offer for a fine !!. Then he gave me a book so that i can place RM50 into the pages and gave it back to him.
    Friends of mine also paid the "fine" even though they were not speeding or had committed any offence. My advise for anyone driving there is to drive like F1 driver as you still pay the same amount even if you do not commit any offence. Just pray that you do not see any cop in JB - which is common in this southern town of Malaysia.
    One tip is to carry only RM50 in your wallet so that you can show the cops that you only have that much to pay the fine if he demand more.

    P.S. Please do not offer more if you are caught to control the inflation

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    drunk people of Johor and Singapore

    by cochinjew Written Jan 28, 2006
    warns you of the drunk jb and singapore tourists

    Duty Free zone offers alcohol at much cheaper rates so there is an influx of those who like to imbibe from singapore and JB to concentrate in this area in front of the regency hotel. there is a mall, with food stall and easy places to get a drink..
    official warnings are posted everywhere..

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    Cowboy Town

    by signedbytheo Written Jan 18, 2006

    Local people of Johor calls the city also Cowboy Town. Be smart and stay out of Johor. Frequently we hear in Singapore that Singaporean people has been attacked with weapons during daylight time at petrol stations. Malls and banks are constantly protected by heavy armed security guards.

    If you wanna fill up your gastank in Johor, petrol is half price then in Singapore, close your door of your car, ask the personal to fill up and open only the window to pay your bill. If somebody ask you something and is not from the petrol station, say always NO NO NO NO NO! Even when they ask or you can help with something important. One boy of Singapore did & they hit with a weapon on his head... now he needs surgery in the hospital to recover his skull...

    If you like to visit the Wild West, go then to Johor... if not, there are many more nice places in Malaysia...

    Be SMART... STAY OUT of Johor...

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    Cowboy Town

    by studiopaparazzi Updated Dec 17, 2005

    Local people of Johor calls the city also Cowboy Town. Be smart and stay out of Johor. Frequently we hear in Singapore that Singaporean people has been attacked with weapons during daylight time at petrol stations. Malls and banks are constantly protected by heavy armed security guards.

    If you wanna fill up your gastank in Johor, petrol is half price then in Singapore, close your door of your car, ask the personal to fill up and open only the window to pay your bill. If somebody ask you something and is not from the petrol station, say always NO NO NO NO NO! Even when they ask or you can help with something important. One boy of Singapore did & they hit with a weapon on his head... now he needs surgery in the hospital to recover his skull...

    If you like to visit the Wild West, go then to Johor... if not, there are many more nice places in Malaysia...

    Be SMART... STAY OUT of Johor...

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    Robbery...

    by bkoon Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Sounds scary? I do not know why but Johor Bahru seems to be a city which is rather "unsafe" as compared to other cities. There are many cases of robbery here.

    Please do take the commonsensical precautions when you are visiting. For instance :
    - Do not leave your bags in the car to attract unnec attention.
    - Do not walk alone in housing estates late at night.
    - Do not flash your valuables.
    - Do keep your valuables properly in crowded places.

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    Watch out of your phone call

    by ngcsc Written Dec 28, 2004

    If you are carrying a Malaysia handphone in JB, closing to the coastal area, you might received signal from the neighbouring country, Singapore's mobile phone network..... especially places like Stulang Laut, Lido beach...

    Do be so happy with the strong reception of your mobile phone..... why? When you receive the signal, your network will automatically register in Singapore network... it means.... you are in Singapore..... Once you receive calls or making calls, it will consider oversea calls.....

    So, don't surprise when you receive an expensive phone bill.

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    Safety.

    by A2002 Written Feb 8, 2004

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    Recently, there's a concern of the increasing crimes in and around JB. Becareful and beaware of your surroundings and use your common sense.
    Robbery is getting quite common nowadays, so be careful of not flashing your expensive belongings in the public. When refilling at a petrol station, remember not to leave your car without your keys. It is not as safe anymore.

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  • Pickpocket

    by patrickfoo Written Jan 1, 2004

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    Be careful while travelling along JB town , (jalan Ah Fook / jalan Meldrum etc .)and crowded area and beware of pickpocket , beware when you changing foreign currency.
    Bargin with the taxi driver before you sit .
    Other than that JB folks are very helpful .

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    If you are driving.

    by A2002 Written Nov 6, 2003

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    Driving around JB can be quite nerve wrecking for foreigners not used to the way drivers here drive.

    First of all, there seems like there's no such thing as keeping a distance from the car in front. The distance might be too close for many foreigners. I always keep my distance though, but not during traffic jams :-P.

    Another "scary" thing is that the motorcyclists just do not value their own life. Many times I meet motorcyclists going very fast (faster than 80km/h) overtaking between two cars, or even a car and a lorry. Sometimes, I get a surprise (where on earth that motorcyclists came from...).

    During traffic jams, the motorcyclists will meander among the cars from one lane to the next, in between cars, etc. If your car is near to the car queueing in the next lane, beware of your side mirrors being knocked off by reckless motorcyclists. I even met an "accident" while in the queue of a traffic jam. A motorcyclist with a rider behind knocked off my side mirror. Guess what? The rider even fly in front off his seat!!! Well, that's not my fault anyway cos I am not moving...

    It may be nerve wrecking for foreigners... Just be informed.

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    Taxi.

    by A2002 Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    Make sure the taxi use the meter or you will certainly be overcharged (100% definite). Many drivers will cover up the meter with a cloth or tell you that the meter is not working. I prefer to drive in JB. I always get charged extra for reasons like "You come from Singapore", "You board from customs", "You board from hospital", "After office hours surcharge", etc. These are not official charges, just crap reasons. Hence, I always try to avoid taking taxi in JB.

    Recently, there might be improvement as the authority is finally taking actions to fine those drivers who do not use the meter. The situation is still quite bad...

    Actually I do not mind those drivers who bring me one big round to my destination. They need petrol to do that and furthermore, it will only be couple of ringgit extra. Not much though... certainly less than the price they quote without using the meter.

    Another thing that I just remembered is that if meter is used, there is no such thing as round-down.. Only round-up. I had experience of the fare being 10 cents more and I have to pay fare round up to the nearest ringgit :-(. For example, the fare is RM4.10, I was charged RM5.

    Hence I always try my best to avoid taxis, unless I have no choice...

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    Difficulties for single female travellers

    by rui_bijie Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    I spent two weeks in Singapore and wanted to see more than just this very western metropolis. You are just crossing a bridge - but you are entering a different world! Although not wearing revealing clothes, it was not possible to wander through the town without getting approached by men. Despite the closeness to Singapore this Islamic town seems not beeing used to single female travellers. Don't go there alone, take a friend with you!

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    Dead town during festive season.

    by A2002 Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Johor Bahru is almost dead during the festive season, especially Chinese New Year. Lotsa people go back to their hometown up North of Malaysia, many restaurants and shops are closed starting from the eve of the new year. So you might be the only few wandering on the normally busy streets. However, traffic conditions will be quite bad as early as 2 weeks before the first day of the Chinese New Year.

    Perhaps the best time to stay in JB and go to Singapore for a visit, cos no queues and jams on the causeway at this time. Very quiet. Only downside is the frequency of the public transport will be reduced. I guess the prices at the hotels in JB will be reduced at this time.

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    Sungai Johor

    by o00o Written Jan 10, 2003

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    The only river flow in the middle of Johor Bahru down town is a only place attracted my attentions, because of its smell..

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