Some feel that it's shaping up into another tit-for-tat between Malaysia and Singapore.
Senior blogger Apanama is apparently one of them. You can read his take on the matter here,
Singapore threatens Malaysia… again?
I'm on the other hand believe that it is not going to be the case.
This is so because I believe the Singaporeans are not stupid.
My bet is that there are many more Singaporean registered cars plying the Causeway than those of Malaysia.
I believe it will still be so even if the costs of driving across the Causeway increase by 10 times.
So, if there is an increase in toll charges on their side, the ones who are going to bear the brunt will mostly be Singaporeans, not Malaysians.
Singaporeans simply just need the space Malaysia provides.
As I had previously argued, Malaysians who will mostly suffer from the toll hike are only those who drive to work in the island republic.
As for all those vegetables lorries and other Malaysian vehicles carrying essential goods into the republic, any additional cost due to the toll hike will likely be passed on to Singaporean consumers.
In short, if there is going to be a tit-for-tat over the cost of traveling across the Causeway, the Singaporeans are the ones who are going to be worse off.
I believe the Malaysian government had taken this into account before deciding on imposing the VEP and additional toll charges at the Causeway.
Still, I hope Malaysian officials and their Singaporean counterparts could meet to discuss the matter and made each other understood and find a common ground for the benefit of people on both sides.
I do not like the idea of another round of Malaysia-Singapore hostilities.
Both countries had done well to improve relations over the past years and it would be a pity if relations deteriorate again.
I never consider myself anti-Singapore despite numerous irritating things the government of that island did in the past.
Many of my loved ones are Singaporeans and Malaysians living there.
I hope the Singaporeans could for once tone down a bit on their kiasu arrogance and admit that there are instances where they cannot win going against Malaysians.
This is one of them.
Okay, I know the Singaporeans need to save face and try to sound tough when they said they are going to retaliate on the toll charges, but seriously, this is one fight that they cannot win by playing tough.
Singapore need to remember that they are not actually Israel.
What? You are angry with Malaysia for charging your people more for driving across the Causeway and in response to that you want to charge your people even more? Don't be stupid, okay.
Better for you all to get your truly handsome Hsein Loong to talk with his friend Najib so that the whole thing doesn't affect our bilateral relations.
Anyway, I really hate the idea that some Malaysian crooks, particularly those in Johor using a potential tit-for-tat between the two countries to divert attention from their nefarious agenda.