Come 01 July 2016 and it will be 5 years since the last train operation ceased at this iconic station of British colonial legacy.
It also marked the end of an acrimonious bickering between Singapore and Malaysia on the relocation of the Malaysian CIQ. And a happy resolution to the “one-upmanship” feud between LKY and Dr M.
In the preceding 5 years or so, a train traveler from Singapore to Malaysia had to “enter” Malaysia first before leaving Singapore 30 minutes’ journey later- a ironical (some say comical) drama of the immigration saga.
Personally, this place reminds me of the day that my wife and I officially emigrated to Singapore in June of 1984. With 2 suitcases and 2 carton boxes in tow, we disembarked from the Express Rakyat after a grueling 14-hour ride from Butterworth, tired but looking expectantly to greener pastures on The Little Red Dot.