Shopping is a national hobby in Singapore.
Yesterday, I queued up for a taxi after shopping along Orchard Road, when I turned back I realised that the prolific writer Catherine Lim was in the queue. The surprise is not that I saw Catherine Lim but me buying overpriced stuff from Orchard Road stores. I usually do my shopping once a month in Johor. But after a whole week of reading the numerous articles in Straits Times & New Paper about carjacking, robberies, and murders in Johor.....I concluded that Johor is almost as dangerous as Iraq and didn't dare to cross the causeway.
If not for the crimes in Johor, there are many reasons to shop there - no GST, cheaper prices, bigger malls, .....sometimes I catch a movie, see a dentist. dine or bowl there. It seems that the huge number of Singaporeans crossing to JB has adversely affected business in Singapore. Many Singaporeans top up their vehicles before the return to Singapore and more than a few Singaporeans will bring in cigarettes undermining the govt's tax collections.
I'm so glad the Singapore newspapers spend so much effort to warn us about the high crime rates in Johor. Fanning the fear of going Johor is done for the good of Singaporean so that they will be happy to shop in Singapore.
We Singaporeans are so lucky to live in such a safe environment compared with Johoreans who have to fear for their safety all the time.