Our trip started from
We arrived in Batam and took a taxi cab stright to
We arrived in
The problem is that there were too many people and a limitted number of officers. I recall there were only three or four rows of custom desks available for non Singaporean passports. There were between three to six officers processing the queue at one time. (There were another three officers processing Singaporean passports. There were a lot of Singaporans too at that time. Maybe it was holiday season?) No wonder it took that long to clear custom.
Those custom officers work really fast and efficient. I notice especially one young man of Chinese decendent, with glasses. He worked really fast and efficient. When he encountered problematic vistitor, he would hand the case to his fellow and he processed another visitor. I bet if there’s a competition, he would win it. You have my respect. Usually, people write bad things about custom or government officers. Not many people write good things about them. This time, I would like to say that they are doing a good job.
People were complaining about the slow movement. I was also tired, but given the limitted resources what can they do? These officers have done a tremendous job. They were very efficient. It’s just that their number is limited. Perhaps the Singaporean government could add more personnels and counters at Harbour Front?
Our worry at that time was not clearing the custom. What were worry us was the time. My wife and son have not prayed. As muslims, we have to pray on schedule. We were worry that we would miss the prayer. It was close to 7 PM and time is closing to Maghrib praying time.So, that's the story.