In Malaysia, toll booths exist on almost all highways, and they can sometimes be costly, depending on how far your destination is.
Recently, a Singaporean TikToker took to her TikTok page to share how she almost got ‘scammed’ by themselves while passing a toll booth in Malaysia. Fortunately, she met a kind Malaysian who gave her and her friend great hospitality.
In a video posted on TikTok, Singaporean Tiktoker Nicole Liel recounted her trip to Malacca, where she and her friends rented a car to drive there. However, it appears the the group were rather clueless about how toll booth works in Malaysia.
Paying RM200 for Touch ‘n Go
According to Nicole, their trip went smooth until they reach a toll booth in Malaysia and realised that none of them in the car brought a Touch ‘n Go card.
“We looked at each other and said, ‘we forgot Touch ‘n Go lah’. We were right at the gantry with no Touch ‘n Go card, you know,” she said.
The group then came up with a brilliant idea — to ask for help from a Malaysian car behind them.
The Malaysian driver behind their vehicle agreed to borrow them their Touch ‘n Go, but he told the group that he had about RM200 in his balance. The group then assumed that the RM200 was the actual toll fare.
“When the guy passed his Touch n’ Go card right he also told us the balance of his Touch n’ Go… I think she thought that he was telling her how much the toll cost,” Nicole said.
“In my head, I was like, did we just pay RM200 for the Malaysian equivalent of an ERP?”
“How can I spend RM200 just on one toll? If you need to pass 5 tolls in Malaysia right, I have to spend RM1,000, one way, to go into Singapore. Sounds like the math is not mathing (adding up),” she added.
Meanwhile, she said she noticed the previous car had a balance of more or less RM40, so they assumed that the toll fare is about that amount. After realising this, one of them left the car to demand the balance of RM150 from the Malaysian driver.
Despite getting back the balance, she said they still think that it is absurdly expensive.
Toll costs only RM4
After they left the toll booth, she noticed that the Malaysian driver patiently followed them all the way to a rest stop until he finally caught up with them. The driver then explained that the toll was not that expensive and it costs only RM4.
She added that the man then gave back their leftover RM50 and not wanting to charge them for a mere RM4.
“It’s not the Malaysians rob us, it’s we own selves give away money just like that,” she explained.
“The moral of this story is, Malaysia boleh and Singaporeans sometimes really damn bodoh (stupid).”
In the comment section, many netizens were impressed by the honesty Malaysians had. Many also share similar stories of how they received a helping hand from Malaysians when travelling in the country.
Watch the video here: