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now i'm back in jb, for the 1st time since my dad's whole saga, so i had to take the 平民 route, ie. via bus and foot, once i hit the woodlands checkpoint.  thus, i have once again experienced the marvel that is my govt's civil engineering and architectural planning. 

the new jb immigration checkpoint, to borrow a word from [livejournal.com profile] misticloud, is amazing - incredibly, ridiculously, F**KING AMAZING. 

it takes massive numbers of vehicles and tapers them all thru a bottleneck, and the bottle in question has the most convoluted hairpin turns, so maybe it's not so much a bottleneck so much as a bottle-INTESTINE. 

this theme is also repeated for the foot traffic, where the pedestrians, once clearing the customs and heading at least 50 m down one direction to the far side of the building, are then required to make a u-turn thru a random opening in the partition so that we can make our way back across the ENTIRE width of the building, across the railroad, all 5 lanes of the road, before entering city square on LEVEL 3.  the process brings one across 2 travellators where ppl are incapable of standing to one side when they don't feel like walking, down 2 escalators and up again into the shopping centre.  and THEN i need to make my way down 3 storeys to the taxi stand at ground level.

if this all sounds damn complicated, tat's because it BLOODY IS.  a simple linear flow has been converted into a distance 3 times its sensible length and takes at least 4 times longer the duration to traverse.  it's obviously been designed by individuals smug in their certainty tat they will NEVER have to pass thru this DISGRACE of a terminal.  

or maybe it's their way of sticking up their middle finger at their neighbours of higher socioeconomic status when these neighbours come visit and punishing those industrious citizens of their own who have crossed over to the other side in search of a better living.
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