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Economy

Singapore commuters fueling growth in Malaysia's Johor

But Iskandar needs a game plan to unseat rival cities as hub

Commuters cross the causeway from Malaysia during morning rush hour in Singapore.   © Reuters

JOHOR, Malaysia -- During morning rush hour, long lines of cars and motorbikes in this southern state snake toward the Johor Strait, where they can cross into Singapore. In the evening, when workers make their way back to Malaysia, a major bottleneck forms in Singapore.

On Friday nights, it can take Malaysian workers in Singapore two or three hours to cross the border. On other nights, it can take less than an hour to get over the strait.

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