Traffic Jams Do Not Only Occur In Singapore But Also In Johor Bahru Especially During Weekends Or School Holidays.
Beware Of Some Irresponsible And Impatient Drivers (Regardless Whether They Are Malaysian Or Singaporean) That Just Cut In Queues And May Causes Accidents.
Some Singaporean behave totally different in J.B…They are arrogant and drive as though they are the king of the road!
There Are Also Times When Beggars Just Stand In The Middle Of The Road During Traffic Jam (Between Cars) Asking For Money.
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.
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.
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.
There has been damaging newspaper reports of high crime rate in JB in Singapore to discourage the Singaporeans who regularly flocked to JB for cheaper food and things to buy.
Even Singapore taxi drivers told me of murder, hands wearing Rolex watches being chopped and cars stolen.
There is an element of truth that crime rate of robbery, snatch thieves and stolen cars in JB is higher than most other Malaysian towns. The good news that there has been an increase in police and anti-crime actions to reduce the crime rates supposedly caused by mainly drug addicts and illegal immigrants.
In any event, it is better to be safe than sorry. Keep your belongings close to you and if use your common sense of where you go, park and whom you talk to.
As the price of gasoline in JB is considerably lower than Singapore due to Malaysian government subsidy and currency exchange, there is a sign alerting all Singaporean registered cars at Singapore check point at the Causeway to JB, that their vehicle petrol tank must be of certain amount.
Similarly there are restriction on the quantity of certain products, eg cigarettes that Singaporeans and visitors can bring across the Causeway from JB to Singapore.
So ordinary tourists like us, not much worries but just to take note if someone request you to carry a large quantity of any items in either direction.
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 .
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!
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.
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...
We came here for a supposed 1 day visit, but it turned out we only stayed for a few minutes. The place was a total mess! Beware of toilets and wash room areas as hygiene is not the city's priority. You might want to consider going to pay CR, but no diference at all!
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
It really depends on which parts of Malaysia or JB that you visit. Generally around resort areas, the resorts themselves would usually do their fumugation.
I was pretty badly bitten, however, when I visited the Tuluk Jawa seafood place. It's near the sea and I believe there are many areas of stagnant water. If you do not want to suffer my fate of having to endure the itch for three days or more, do bring along your insect repellant.
JB is not particularly a safe city to move about especially at night. Avoid dark and deserted places. Try moving in a group. As a rule, don't be nosey and it shall be alright. Be alert at all times. At night, avoid areas outside City Square. The area around Taman Sentosa are also said to be prone to crime. In the past year of so, snatch theft has also caused a few deaths in places like Taman Molek and Pasir Gudang.
I've been around for some years and have not encountered anything really nasty. So the rule is just be careful and avoid places that are lonely and dark.
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..