A Toll Hike Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

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Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Haslinda Amin reports on the spat between Singapore and Malaysia over fees they charge vehicles crossing a vital link between the two nations. She speaks to Angie Lau on “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Engaged in a tit-for-tat spat that may cost vehicles traveling between the two countries.

Let's get more for details from our south east score and haslinda amin -- correspondent haslinda amin.

How did this start?

Let's call it a neighborly spat, a transport one-upsmanship.

It was started by singapore.

It decided to raise toll charges on foreign registered vehicles.

It is meant to take effect this month.

Malaysia didn't wait.

It responded immediately.

It said it will do the same, raise its charges on the costly.

It didn't specify the amount, but it is estimated to be $20 in additional charges if you are driving a malaysian car making a one-day round-trip.

It is bearable if you are making a one-off trip, but if you are commuting every single day, that is a completely different story.

Obviously, singapore businesses employee malaysian workers will get hit.

Salaries will have to be raised.

One security firm we know, it relies on malaysians for a quarter of its workforce.

Just to put it in perspective, more than 15 million malaysians crossed the border to singapore for work every year.

That is according to barclays.

Singapore is malaysia's biggest export market.

This additional levy is expected to work against singapore.

We are already having a labor crunch.

The charge could worsen the problem.

Why would malaysians do that if

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