The October 1 deadline for Singaporean motorists to register for a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) in order to enter Malaysia through Johor has been pushed back by at least another four months. This is to allow the Malaysian Ministry of Transport time to develop a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is clone and tamper proof.
A report by The Straits Times stated that Singaporean motorists entering Malaysia on October 1 will not be stopped if they do not have the tag. A spokesman said, "Don't worry. If you have no tag on Oct 1, you will not be stopped at the border." He added, "The latest decision is that we want a better tag that is tamper and clone proof, so we are trying to enhance the tag at this point of time."
Registration for the VEP can be done online since August 15 whereby vehicle owners will be required to pay RM10 for it, with a validity of five years. A tag will need be collected after and stuck onto the vehicle’s windshield. The spokesman said that finalising the tag’s design could take about four months.
About 74,000 drivers of Singapore-registered vehicles have submitted VEP applications since Aug 15, when online registration began.
"We will announce the cut-off date for all Singaporean vehicles to display the tag when we are ready. It could be in June next year,” said the spokesman. Collection will be possible in several locations to be mentioned on a future date.