Singaporean TikTok content creator Nicole Chen, also known as Liel Nicole, shared a funny experience in a three-minute-plus video of her traveling to Malaysia, where she and reporters from The Straits Times almost spent a hefty sum of money for a one-way toll.
She recounted that they were already at the gantry towards Malaysia when they realised that they did not have the Touch N’ Go cash card to pay for the toll. Being the “problem-solving content creator, creative brain in the midst of all these boomers” that she believed she was, Chen thought of borrowing the card of the car behind them.
After they successfully passed through the gantry, she said that her companion claimed that she was told by the driver of the car behind them that the toll cost RM200 ($59.12), when in reality, it was the cash balance on his Touch n’ Go.
“In my head, I was like, did we just pay RM200 for the Malaysian equivalent of an ERP (Electronic Road Pricing)?” Chen said.
She added that the “math was not math-ing” when she thought that Malaysian chicken farmers would have to pay RM1,000 by going through five tolls a day.
Unwitting Singaporeans are sometimes to be blamed, not Malaysians
The situation got a lot more complicated when her companion said that she thinks that the toll costs S$50 which, according to Chen, “is still damn a lot of money.”
In the end, they found out that the toll cost only RM4, and the driver of the car whom they borrowed Touch n’ Go card from had been following them to get the card back.
“He’s like, ‘Guys, the toll (is) not so expensive, only four ringgit’,” Chen shared while laughing in her video clip.
At the end of the clip, she said that sometimes, it’s really Singaporeans' fault that they lose money in Malaysia.
“All these reports about Singaporeans getting conned or getting their stuff robbed in Malaysia,” she said. “I just want to say that sometimes, it’s really our fault.
“It’s not the Malaysians (who are out to) rob us, it’s we (ourselves that) give away money just like that,” she added.
Meanwhile, some of her followers also shared experiences of Malaysians helping them and their generosity as well.
“Really really, our neighbouring folks are some of the best people,” one Netizen react, to which Chen agreed.
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news writer who focuses on politics, the economy, and democracy. His advocacies include press freedom and social justice. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.
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