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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Singapore Truly Unique but could be a bit more Muslim friendly!
















I refer to the ongoing Visit Singapore Campaign being broadcasted every now and then on our television screens.

No doubt today's Singapore is a far cry from what the island republic was when I was working there from 1980 to 1986 and I was totally lost when I was there recently.























Everything has changed and the republic is truly a well developed island with first class infrastructures and equally charming citizens to boot.

Singaporeans are well behaved and they do not litter as most Malaysians do. The expressways are good and well connected to most of the housing estates and traveling is a breeze.

The Singapore economy has grown so tremendously that today its currency is quite stronger than our Malaysian ringgit.

When I was working there in the 80s, the exchange rate was S$1.00 = RM1.40. Today a Singapore Dollar is worth RM2.30 and quite steady in the daily forex fluctuations.

Tens of thousands of Malaysians commute to the island republic daily to work there from Johor Bahru, a city that is so chaotic and disorganized compared to the Republic of Singapore with its well maintained, first world infrastructure and first world working mentality of its Immigration and Police Force as well.

You can immediately sense the contrast of standards between Singapore and JB the minute you drive towards the Causeway and approach the Malaysian Customs and Immigration Border Checkpoint.

No one bothers to really check your vehicle at the Malaysian side and the Malaysian Immigration officers are hidden from the public's view with their boarded up aluminium panels or some other piece of cardboard sheet.

There is only a small opening at the drive by counter from which you hand over your passport (if there is anyone manning the counter).

When I first went through the Malaysian checkpoint in the early morning, most of the Immigration counters were unmanned and everyone just passed through to the Causeway without having our passports chopped.

It was really shameful to me to see the lack of professionalism on our side where the Malaysian Customs and Immigration seemed non existent on that particular morning and then on the subsequent mornings, I was appalled to find beggars standing between the lines of vehicles heading to Singapore, right there at our nation's border checkpoint!

Imagine that! What a bloody embarrassment for this country which boasts of having the world's tallest twin towers and many other infrastructural achievements to allow beggars and vagrants messing up our nation's image at the very visual border checkpoint with South East Asia's most developed island republic!

The beggars looked like Vietnamese or Burmese chaps and had missing arms or legs, standing right smack in the middle of the lines of vehicles heading towards the causeway! Motorists had to drive away from them to avoid bumping into those beggars.

Amongst the motorists were lots of Singaporean returning home after visiting our nation and probably after filling up their petrol tanks to the max. A liter of unleaded petrol in Singapore costs S$1.79 @ RM4.11. I saw lots of Singapore registered vehicles fueling up at the JB petrol stations. You can call them 'kiasu' ; call them this and that but to me they were just being smart!

The roads at the Malaysian Customs and Immigration checkpoint were dirty and had potholes waiting to trap any unsuspecting motorist who failed to notice them and have their car tires drop in to those potholes, damaging the alignment of their vehicles.

Isn't this embarrassing for us?

Aren't Malaysian Government officials passing through these dilapidated and sorry looking checkpoints?

Doesn't anyone care?

The embarrassing scenario continues right through to our part of the Causeway. Dirt and trash litter the sides of our causeway up to the middle part where Singapore controls their side.

Voila! No more litter, no more trash. It's as if everything changes right from the middle part of the causeway.

You immediately come into the land of discipline and order.

Everything and everyone seems to be a role model of good work ethics and adhering to a strict and applaudable standard of efficiency.

You will see able bodied, smartly dressed, automatic weapons toting young Singaporean soldiers and border guards, vigilantly monitoring each and every vehicle and its occupants driving up into the republic.

All sorts of cameras monitor and scrutiny each automobile and transport coming in. The number plates of every vehicle is scanned and flashed onto a large rectangular display board, recording each entry of vehicles arriving.

You sense the total contrast in standards of law enforcement between our lackadaisical JB Malaysian side and the impressive Singaporean standards.

You can call me a bloody Singapore lover or whatever but damn..I really hope to see our nation emulate what the Singaporeans have done and are doing!

If Malaysians can just copy 20% of the Singaporeans work ethics and sense of commitment to their jobs, our country will improve by leaps and bounds as far as development is concerned.

But that will remain a dream because we are too damn proud to acknowledge what Singapore has achieved. We threaten to cut off water supply to the Singaporeans every time we have a misunderstanding with them or are caught in a tussle with them about land matters.

Don't just take my word for it. Go, make a trip down south of the peninsular and see how things are over there at the JB border checkpoints and then venture into the Republic of Singapore and get a taste of what we could enjoy and live in if only we can learn to emulate their working habits and lifestyles.

For all the developments that Singapore has achieved in terms of infrastructure and raising the standards of their lifestyles, I found some minor areas which the Government of Singapore need to give serious and immediate attention to especially with their ongoing campaign to woo Malaysians to visit their republic.

Singaporean toilets do not have washing facilities for Muslims and Asians. There are no bidets. No taps with hoses for us to wash up after using the toilets.

It may seem to be a trifle matter but for Muslims from Malaysia who are used to have running water to cleanse ourselves after relieving ourselves, it is a major discomfort and annoyance.

I asked a few Singaporean Malays as to how they handled such a lack of water hoses or bidets in the public restrooms?

They answered that they try their level best to hold it in till they reach their homes or if they really have to go, to resort to buying bottled mineral water to use in cleansing themselves!!!

Really inconvenient I must say!

Singapore Tourism Board. If you folks are reading this, please take note of this matter. It may not seem that serious to you but to us Malaysians, we love to wash up with water. Toilet paper might be handy but nothing beats using water! :D

Another major problem.
















The 'Halal' aspect.

One example. Attempt to dine at IKEA Singapore.




































I had to forego eating the famous Swedish meatballs at IKEA Singapore Tampines dining area for the food there wasn't halal. You need to seriously rectify this matter because we can't eat food that is not halal.

I saw the sign showing 'Chicken and Pork' with no segregation of the food offered for sale there.

IKEA Damasara had a similar non halal problem before due to the supplier's non conformity with the standards for halal food by our JAKIM @ Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia.

IKEA Malaysia however recognized the tremendous damage to their company's operations if they didn't rectify the halal food issue and they promptly acted upon it.

They carried out the 'samak purification' procedures on their entire kitchen area and cooking utensils plus dishes and ensured that the meatballs and sausages were supplied from halal vendors.

Today, Malaysians eat at IKEA Malaysia with full confidence and business is booming for IKEA there.

Surely you have Muslims in Singapore?

How come that MUIS @ Majlis Ugama Islam of Singapore failed to act upon this serious breach of social responsibility there?

If Singapore can solve these two main areas of discomfort for us Malaysian Muslims, you'd find our arrivals to holiday in your garden island republic increase tremendously!

It's not really that hard to accomplish compared to the outstanding achievements that you have done to your excellent island!

Water hoses or bidets in your restrooms and set up the 'Halal' requirements in all your food courts and restaurants.

We would be happy to visit Singapore again and again as we please.

Success is to be shared and enjoyed by all of us. Malaysians and Singaporeans are joined by our common roots and values.

We Malaysians can learn from you as to how best to develop our nation up to the best standards of government and lifestyles as what you have achieved and you Singaporeans can learn from us as to how to make life comfortable for us Muslims and other Asian traditional values appreciating people.

Through teamwork we strive ; higher productivity and sensitivity to each other's needs will see us thrive.

Don't you agree?

Majulah Singapura dan Majulah Malaysia! Bersama sama menuju bahagia!

21 comments:

vhanded said...

I never been to Singapore, and what you said maybe correct, but in chinese there ia a sentance, translate to english is like this: when going to other's place, have to follow their tradition and laws.

I know this is not true in religion, but I think the reason not to fix water tap in toilet is to prevent the toilet from mess up with dirty water on the floor like in Malaysia. I am ok with water and toilet paper.

For the food, actually is Malaysian Muslims are just too sensitive. I have some Muslim friend's from Arab and middle east country, and every time they join us, they don't mind us eating pork, they will just order their halal food and eat with us on the same dining table and chatting, it's all about mind. Some muslim even don't want to use the same plate or cups used by non-muslim, and their excuse is because non-muslim eat pork... Is there such rules said, if Muslim don't eat pork, you all cannot sell? Moreover Muslim there is less than Non-Muslim.

This is just my thought, no offense.

mahaguru58 said...

Thank you for your feedback.

I still say that if Singapore wants more Malaysians to visit it as part of their tourism promotion campaign, they seriously need to rectify the two main problems that I have highlighted.

I hope that you will take some time to learn about the do's and don't's in Islam pertaining to the 'Halal' 'Haram' aspects of our dietary regulations.

I will write in detail about this later.

As far as your comments regarding your Arab Middle Eastern friends not bothering about such a serious matter like the Halal Haram matter, please understand that it makes no difference as to whether they are Arabs or not?

Islam does not differentiate between ethnic origins.

The matter is whether the one who claims to be Muslim practices his or her faith according to the letter or not?

I am speaking on behalf of practicing Muslims.

Those who don't bother about observing the do's and don'ts of Islam can just do their own thing to which they will be answerable to Allah later.

I wrote this post based upon my personal experiences recently and this asking Singapore to carry out such improvements are meant to help improve their tourism industry.

That's if any Singaporean Tourism folks do want to take note on this suggestions.

anthraxxxx said...

True, brother mahaguru.

My friend told me there is a stark difference in cleanliness before and after he cross the Malaysian/Singaporean border. The difference is almost like langit dan bumi. I haven't been to Singapore for almost 22 years and I will be going there next month.

littlecartnoodles said...

Hi, Zainol. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit to Singapore.

I don't think many non-Muslim Singaporeans - such as myself - know about Muslims' need for water to wash up after using the toilet ! (We are aware of the "left hand" taboo though) Now I know why many toilet cubicles in Malaysia have a hose next to the cistern - I had always thought that it was a stand-by measure in case the flush doesn't work !

mahaguru58 said...

May peace be upon you my dear Brother anthraxxxx.

22 long years eh?

Be prepared to be blown away by what the Republic of Singapore has turned out to be.

You will definitely be in need of a latest map of Singapore and the services of a Singaporean cabbie.

Be ready to take in sights of luxury automobiles turned into Singapore taxis.

Get ready to take snapshots of luxurious high performance Japanese cars everywhere you look at and at every carpark in the republic.

Felt like I was at an automobile showroom everytime I entered and parked at the shopping malls there.

Get yourself an 'autopass' debit card for use if you are driving to the republic.

You can apply for and purchase this autopass which also serves as a cash card for paying your Vehicle Entry Toll charges everytime you leave the republic and also to pay your parking fees at every carpark in the city area.

You must have at least S$6.50 left in your autopass in order to be able to pay the toll for using the republic's expressways.

Saturdays and Sundays plus public holidays, you get to travel for free on their expressways.

Expressways speed limit is 90km/h.

Normal roads speed limit is 60km/h.

We who are used to speed up to 110km/h almost always end up being a speedster on their expressways, though.

The minute you enter Singapore, your mobile service provider changes to theirs and your mobile will be assailed by a variety of telecommunication providers sms's welcoming you to the republic!

You will notice many things you don't see here in Malaysia.

Bus passengers queuing up. :P

No sign of any 'Mat Rempit's' there while I was there in the republic from 3rd Nov to the 5th.

I stayed at the New York Hotel in JB during my daily excursions to Singapore.

Reason was that I had yet to discover my bearings there and also the matter of eating halal food which is abundant in JB albeit the unclean surroundings there.

Singapore truly stands out to me as a beacon of hope for us Malaysians to emulate but still lacking in some refinements such as catering to the needs of Muslims like me.

If they can rectify the two main points I wrote about above, Singapore can rest assured that they are the best example of modern day living that is as close to the best lifestyle we Malaysians can emulate and achieve.

Enjoy your trip bro and change your ringgits into Singapore Dollars here for the moneychangers at Singapore will charge much higher in the republic compared to the ones in JB or KL for the matter.

I wish you an enjoyable trip.

Take care and keep in touch.

Cheers.

mahaguru58 said...

Greetings Brother 'Littlecartnoodles'.

Thanks for the welcome and really pleased to make your acquaintance.

I have started to read your blog and I find them very interesting and honest.

Lots to learn about the Singaporean lifestyle from your writings and also appreciate the photos you have published accompanying your articles.

Glad that you have finally learned as to the purpose of the taps and water hoses we have here in our Malaysian restrooms.

If only the majority of Malaysians can emulate the hygiene habits of Singaporeans and learn not to litter, or to leave the toilet as clean if not cleaner than when they first entered it, I am sure that our toilets here will not be the scary nasty cubicles many inconsiderate buffoons amongst us leave them be after using such public conveniences.

I recommend all Malaysians to visit Singapore and return home with a new goal and objective of turning Malaysia into as good a place or better than what Singapore has come to be.

Malaysia has a lot to offer Singapore but also needs to learn from it's closest neighbor down south of the peninsular.

Nothing demeaning to learn from an island that puts to practice good governance.

I loved my visit to Singapore but hope to be able to go visit there with my spouse this time and be able to really check out the island in my own sweet time and leisure.

Will be adding your blog to my bookmarks and reading up on you from now on.

Majulah Singapura!

Majulah Malaysia!

Kita Boleh!

Hehehehehe...damn! I should be working in the Tourism Department.

:D

Saltwetfish said...

Hi there,

1st time reading your post. Anyway, I have to say first that I am a Singaporean of chinese-enthnic origins. Why I do call myself Chinese race? Because it actually the same with Malay race, its a social construct, for more reading pershap this can help:
http://www.yawningbread.org/guest_2007/guw-143.htm

Anyway on the part of the bidet or tap, I agree with you totally,I like to use water too. However, I think the problem, from my observation is that, those who use water (from bottles or taps) tends to get water all over the toilet making it very wet. Moreover, I think the generic Singaporean population still do not know how to us a bidet or tap properly. Anyway, like I said, I wished that had a bidet in the toilets.

On the part about cleanliness, actually its all thanks to the cleaners who sweep up all the rubbish in Singapore everyday. From my observation, I think quite a lot of Singaporeans litter, they do so because they know someone else will pick up after them, I think that its been getting worst over the years. If all the cleaners stop cleaning for just one day, it may be as dirty as anywhere else. So if Malaysian could just hired an army of cleaners to sweep up all those rubbish, it can be as clean as Singapore lor.

On the issue of food, I guess there are quite enough Halal restaurants in Singapore. I don't understand why Ikea in Singapore must pander just to the Muslim, what about vegans, vegetarians, Jews or Hindus (who don't eat beef?). Its a private company and its doing very well without needing to be Halal. Moreover being Halal means one must pay to the Halal body to keep and maintain its status and one have to hire a Muslims also. Why need to spend extra money and extra trouble is one don't need to?

I understand that for a public institution this is definitely a must, but for a private company, its all a matter of dollars and cents, why should the govt only always pander to the Muslims, should other religions also have equate rights to demand special treatment for their own eating restrictions to be enforced too?

I understand your part about attracting Malaysians into Singapore, but perhaps its was more meant to attract the Chinese and those who have less restrictions.

tez_m said...

Salam bro...

I agree wholeheartedly pertaining the stark difference between SG and M'sia in all aspects of life really.

Did a fair amount of travelling in and out of SG as a cabin crew with MAS from 1990 right up to 2000.

Even the system used at Changi airport is top notched compared to ours. There were always silly issues, chaotic & double standard regulation implementations with MAS and at our Subang & KL airport, ranging from passenger handling, baggage, wheelchairs etc.

I believe we Malaysians in general are an immature lot, a society that has not grown much, even with our recent 50th Merdeka credentials.

We lack discipline and detailed effort in our manoeuvres, which was something that Lee Kuan Yew had succeeded in nurturing into the mindset of his society. The proof is for all to experience and compare.

Such an irony that both these wonderful traits are mentioned in the Quran that we profess to believe in, but yet our leaders and the rakyat lack miserably in comparison to our neighbour.

Peace be Upon You

Galven Lee said...

Hi, as a rule, I believe Singaporeans are generally rather 'clean' and hygienic (I'm a Singaporean). However, a large part of the reason why so many of our streets and pavements seem spotless (especially at the beginning of the day) is due to our numerous, efficient cleaners who 'clean up after us' in the early morning. Our streets can actually get quite dirty at the end of the day, and you might get a more genuine picture if you go further from the city into the HDB residential areas.

mahaguru58 said...

Hello Kelvin @ Saltwetfish.

Thanks for updating me as to the real reasons why Singapore comes across as being so spic and span?

Your army of cleaners.

Nevertheless, I am sure that you will agree that the army of cleaners won't be there in the first place if you had a lousy government.

Lee Kuan Yew has done a good job in ensuring that Singapore has achieved today, an economy and lifestyle that is amongst the best in this region albeit having no natural resources and limited land mass.

Malaysia is many times bigger than Singapore but still is way back from Singapore with regards to national developments due to our corruption riddled government and recalcitrant mentality to admit to our many faults especially in ensuring that law enforcement and proper governance is not only just preached about but put to practice!

As for the reason why Singapore needs to pander to our halal food needs, I just want to ask in return why Singapore needs to bother itself in launching its "BILA NAK PERGI KE SINGAPURA?" Tourism campaign if it doesn't wish to provide our basic needs in the first place?

Do you realize that Malaysia is now the preferred destination of the majority of the world's Muslim population when they travel overseas?

After Sept.11 2001, Middle East tourists found themselves and their families subject to unfair treatment and hassles when they traveled to Western countries especially to the USA and UK plus other European nations.

Islamophobia in the West made the Arabs feel not welcome there despite having the means to shop as they pleased with their unending petrodollars.

Their alternative choice?

Malaysia!

Why?

Many reasons. Amongst them are that we are a multifaithed, multi ethnic country with Islam as the main faith but still having all other faiths living together despite a few hiccups every now and then due to the machinations of a few ingrates amongst us.

A major reason is the abundance of halal food establishments here.

They have no worries in eating out here in our numerous shopping malls and can enjoy themselves as they please without anyone mistreating them or their abaya clad women and children.

Non Muslim Malaysian business owners especially the Chinese and Indians have adopted and inculcated into their services, may benefits for the Middle East tourists such as providing Arab speaking staff, signage, etc and have tapped in to the huge business potential brought by the ever increasing Arab Muslims.

The result? Lots of happy business folks here in Malaysia.

Extra income for our economy and more job opportunities.

If Singapore is serious in wanting more Malaysian tourists to come and spend money in the republic, it has to learn to cater to our basic needs.

I mentioned bidets and halal food.

Two crucial needs that can bring in lots of ringgits into Singapore's economy.

Any objections?

If there are, then just tell your Singapore Tourism board to scrap the tv ads and just forget about having us over.

Fair comment?

mahaguru58 said...

Peace be to you too tez_m,

I surely hope that Malaysians will learn to focus on improving ourselves in all ways that we can instead of just wasting our lives away, being distracted by all the hedonistic programs that the current regime seems really going all out promoting to us today.

One major reason could be to distract us from learning about their mismanagement and abuse of the country.

Instead of helping Malaysians as a whole to grow together, our nation's BN despots prefer to pick and choose as to whom they wish to help and who to neglect!

Meritocracy is a dirt word to them and thus there exists a huge gulf between the have and have nots, the bumiputras and non bumis.

Bumiputras mean sons and daughters of this earth.

Where were non bumi's born?

Outer space?

As long as we do not follow Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's Supreme Codes of Living as ascribed in the Quran , we will continue seeing discrimination and injustice prevail upon Malaysians as a whole.

The other day, I witnessed an uncouth Malay airport official mistreat a local who was waiting for her mum to arrive at the KLIA Terminal 1.

For a Malay in his 50's, he sure was so 'kurang ajar' to the Malay girl who just happened to be at the cordoned off space waiting in anticipation for her elderly mum to arrive from a flight from Melbourne!

I could have ticked off the chap right there in front of all the locals and foreigners who were also waiting for their loved ones but decided from doing so because from the looks of him, knew straight away that he was a recalcitrant old fool just like the ones we have ruling over us.

Remembered Nabi Isa alaihis salam's advice to not cast our pearls before the swine.

At times, we just need to let things fall in place on their own.

Let's both hope that we have less of such kind in our midst! Ameen.

mahaguru58 said...

Brother Galven,

Thanks for the news from within. I have learned a lot from you as well as Brother Kelvin as to why Singapore comes across as clean as it is.

Hope to see similar armies of cleaners here as well and to see the law enforcement officers really do their jobs here.

As it is , there are too many corrupt officials in our nation!

If only the Malaysian government can practice proper management of this nation as what Lee Kuan Yew has successfully carried out down there in Singapore!

Malaysia would be the pride of Asia!

Hope a miracle takes place in our next GE!

Sagaladoola said...

Yeah, mahaguru58,

It is sad but true.

Many Malay Malaysians got angry when Non-Malays compare Malaysia with Singapore. Some even have the guts to say "Kalau tak suka negara ni, keluar dari Malaysia, jadilah rakyat Singapura".

The fact is, these non-Malays complain because they love Malaysia and would like to see their own nation progress , clean , First World , competitive etc. (anything good).

I am not trying to post any rhetoric but merely stating a fact.

Just to enlighten people that many Non-Malay Malaysians do not want to leave the country and they meant well for the Malays when they are against certain governance and application of Law.

They do not want to see the performance of Malaysia drop and Malays suffer because of corruption. Not all Chinese are rich. A big number is struggling middle class.

It would be good if more Malays can think like you as described in this article.

Regards,
Sagaladoola

mahaguru58 said...

Rightly said Brother!

Those who ask fellow Malaysians to emigrate are the idiots and ingrates!

When things need improving, it is the duty of each patriotic citizen of any one nation here on Earth to stand up and ask the ruling authorities to either shape up or ship out!

Who the hell do those idiots think they are when they order fellow citizens to go here or there?

If Allah so wills it, those lamebrains can drop dead right there and then in Parliament!

Instead of others emigrating anywhere, those nincompoops will emigrate to the graveyard, to answer for their sins and fitnah against their fellow Children of our Father Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and our mother Saiyidatina Hawwa @ Eve ( may she be blessed).

Disregard such brayings of those foulmouthed ones and continue to improve yourself and our nation for the better.

At the end of the day, every faultfinder will have to stand before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and answer for their deeds.

Those of us who point out to our readers what is right or wrong are only following the Call of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam to enjoin good and forbid evil.

Have no fear for Allah is near!

Allah will never let our struggles be in vain.

BrightEyes said...

My take on Singapore is slightly different however. I do agree with (and support) many aspects of Singaporean life... like cleanliness, excellent public transport, relative government efficiency, for example. We could do with these over here in Malaysia...

But there's also a downside which I've observed while I was there in March. In some ways, Singapore happens to be TOO sterile culturally, rather uptight, and people there are too technocentric & focused on going with the horde instead of forming (and expressing) their own ideas. I also don't agree with the death penalty being imposed upon small time drug dealers, especially while the government has business deals with Myanmar's leader-generals.

mahaguru58 said...

Well BrightEyes,

I leave your comments to be answered by our Singaporean counterparts as this concerns them.

Singapore Bloggers,
Do answer or respond to BrightEyes here.

I think it's best to let you folks give him or her your viewpoints!

En Arip said...

Assalamualaikum Tuan Mahaguru...

I pray that you are always in good health and always blessed by Allah SWT.

With regard to this issue (Moslems' needs), we don't really have to look that far...

I had blogged about a similar situation here in our own country. Please feel free to read it here.

The last time I saw you in person was at the Masjid Al-falah, during the public forum about the Lina Joy case. You were occupied then, hence my not saying hi.

mahaguru58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam Brother Arip,

I thank you for highlighting the Starhill Shopping Centre's similar lack of concern for Muslim's need for bidet's in the toilets.

I will check out the situation and contact the relevant authorities about this.

Sometimes, one has to kick ass to see results!

Sorry that you didn't come introduce yourself at the Masjid Al Falah.

We are brothers and should make efforts to forge closer ties between us especially when we are all making efforts to spread knowledge and information about Islam to all our contacts and blog readers.

Hope to meet up with you one of these days. Insya Allah.

Wabillahi taufik walhidayah.

Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Cheryl said...

Hi Hi,

I think Ikea heard your comments. Was at Ikea Tampines last week and they had a separate food counter (in the restaurant) selling Halal-certified food. Not sure if there's swedish meat balls on the menu though...

Cheers!

mahaguru58 said...

Hello there dear Cheryl!

Really?

Syukur Alhamdulillah! All praises be to Allah!

Thank you IKEA Tampines!

You will get more business coming your way with this added service!

That's the way to go!

You see, me and my brother had to go have our main meals in JB!

If you had the Halal Food Outlets there in Singapore, we would have gladly ate there in your island.

So, if what Cheryl has said is true, you can bet that I will be back next year with my darling and have our meals with full confidence there!

Majulah Singapura!...and Malaysia as well!

Kita semua BOLEH!

Thanks for this updates Cheryl!

You made Mahaguru58 a very happy man tonight!

A @};- for you dear!

May Allah bless us all! Ameen.

blogist said...

I'm from Singapore and just read about your blog from the Yawning Bread website.

Actually Ikea Tampines has always had a Halal food counter (on the right side of the main counter) for Halal food, ever since they opened.

They don't sell meatballs and the usual items, but they do sell rice and other things that a normal Nasi Padang stall has. :)