Transport at Marlborough College Malaysia

Transport

The transport requirements for the College are diverse and, sometimes, complex. As a department our primary task is to manage the daily commute for the Day Pupils in Singapore and Malaysia. We also manage the beginning/end of term transport for the Boarders and all the excursion and sports trips.

The daily management of the transport function requires coordination between transport providers, parents, pupils and beaks so we do encourage accurate and timely communication.

Please note that, for the Singapore buses, due to the length of time spent on the bus it has been decided, on educational grounds, that new pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will not be able to take the bus. We would also recommend that new pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 do not take the bus, although this is left to parental discretion.

Additionally, we can assist in answering queries on passports, visas and passes. We may not have the answer immediately but can call on a range of authorities to help find a solution.

If you have any questions, please email transport@marlboroughcollege.my

Travel Documents

All passports must have sufficient validity, the normal minimum requirement for travel is six months. Due to the issue of MACS and Student Pass, we strongly recommend that passports must be valid from September through to July, for the entire school year. The Student Pass is issued with between one and three years’ validity, depending on the decision given by the Ministry of Education, and so it is recommended that you take the opportunity, before the start of term, to renew the passport. Having renewed the passport, you will then need to approach immigration (either Malaysia or Singapore) to update them with the new passport details, concurrently please inform the College Human Resources Department and they will begin the process to move the Student Pass to the new passport.

If you are eligible, apply for your dual nationality passport.

If you are British, domiciled in Singapore, a boarder and/or travelling daily between Malaysia and Singapore we can support your application to the British Passport Office for a second passport. This is applicable to parents and pupils. We cannot, however, support applications for parents domiciled in Malaysia, but you can submit the application anyway. This second passport is not guaranteed and will be issued at the discretion of the BPO. British passports are applied for online and can require at least 10 weeks to process. You are strongly urged to renew passports when you have the opportunity to visit the UK, as this is faster.

All children must have eIACS (enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System) and MACS (Malaysian Automated Clearance System) to take the Singapore bus. Pupils cannot travel on the Singapore buses without having both of these processes completed prior to commencement of the term.

To apply for eIACS you must contact either ICA or MOM depending on your immigration status in Singapore. Experience shows that this is generally straightforward but can become complicated if you are approaching the end of visa term or changing your status.

There are two methods to apply for MACS:

  • If you are a Malaysian resident (with working or dependant permit, MM2H or Guardian) you must apply via the MACS office at Iskandar Regional Development Authority in Danga Bay (G/F, Block 8, Danga Bay, Telephone 07 2333 000 or email macs@irda.com.my). In order to apply for the MACS pass you will need to complete the form, have copies of your passport, two passport photographs and a letter from the College confirming you are involved with the College. The MACS office is open Sun-Wed 08:30 – 12:00 & 14:00-17:00, Thu 08:30 – 12:00 and closed Thu afternoon through to Sunday morning. Please call to check, there may be ad hoc closures for public holidays. The MACS should be issued whilst you wait.
    • If you are applying as a property owner or in a capacity other than a working or dependant permit, MM2H or Guardian permit holder, please contact the MACS office directly.
  • If you are a Singapore resident (with working or dependant permit) you must apply via the office of Third Link Pte Ltd (No1 Tanglin Rd, #03-07/08, Orchard Parade Hotel, telephone 6733 4207). The operating hours are Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30. In order to apply for the MACS pass you will need to complete the form, have copies of your passport, two passport photographs and a letter from the College confirming you are involved with the College.

Please ensure you are issued with the correct MACS pass at the next available opportunity, but certainly at renewal. There are four different types of MACS pass:

  • ‘social visit pass’ linked to your Singaporean immigration status, which new parents and pupils will initially be issued with. Be aware that ‘Social Visit’ MACS are only issued when there is more than 9 months validity remaining on your DP or EP. This should only be issued to parents and siblings not attending the College.
  • ‘pas pelajar’ this is a student MACS pass which you must ensure your child is issued with after their first year at Marlborough College, or after receipt of the Student Pass. This will only be issued when there is more than twelve month’s validity on your child’s Student Pass. Please check the Student Pass expiry date before applying for a new MACS and contact us directly if you need a new Student Pass. If you have a new Student Pass, the new MACS pass should state under ‘Remarks’ that ‘This sticker will remain valid so long as the pass remains valid’.
  • ‘pas kerja’ this pass is linked to a Malaysian work permit. This should only be issued to parents and staff living in Malaysia.
  • ‘pas tanggungan’ this is linked to a Malaysian dependant’s pass. This should only be issued to pupils, siblings and parents living in Malaysia.

Please be aware that until you have the pass linked to your immigration status, you may only use the Tuas Second Link. After you have the correct pass, you can use either Tuas or Woodlands.

Due to the length of time spent on the bus it has been decided, on educational grounds, that new pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will not be able to take the bus. We would also recommend that new pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 do not take the bus, although this is left to parental discretion.

Parents wishing to use the bus service must understand that, whilst we make our best effort to achieve the most efficient journey, there will be occasions when, due to circumstances beyond our control, the time taken will be greater than we would hope.

A half term’s notice is required for cancellation of the bus service.

All transport fees will be reviewed in May for the new school year. Any changes will be announced prior to Summer Half Term.

Bus routes are dependant upon the geographical spread of parents in Singapore and will be reviewed by June for the new school year.

All communication regarding transport must be sent to transport@marlboroughcollege.my

 

Transport Fees and Schedule

Please note that, for the Singapore buses, due to the length of time spent on the bus it has been decided, on educational grounds, that new pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will not be able to take the bus. We would also recommend that new pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 do not take the bus, although this is left to parental discretion.

2016/17 Rates and Schedule

Boarders’ Buses
Weekly Boarders – Bus to/from Turf City No charge
Full Boarders – Bus to and from Turf City or Senai Airport RM 87.50 per return journey
Full Boarders – Bus to and from Changi Airport (vehicle capacity 6) RM 250.00 one way per vehicle
Singapore (5 Bus Routes) Rate per term
Please note that there are limited spaces on each bus route.

There are 9 central stops in Singapore:

Bus 1A ( Turf City) RM5,044
Bus 1B ( Bukit Timah Link) RM5,044
Bus 2 (Laurel Wood Avenue) RM5,044
Bus 3A ( Seah Im Car Park) RM4,585
Bus 3B (Hong Leong) RM4,585
Bus 4A ( Steven Rd) RM5,044
Bus 4B (St George) RM5,044
Bus 5 (Jelita Cold Storage) RM5,044
Johor Bahru (6 Bus Routes) Rate per term
Please note that there are limited spaces on each bus route.

This is a door-to-door service:

Ledang Heights RM 2,017
East Ledang RM 2,017
Leisure Farm RM 2,685
Permas Jaya/Johor Town RM 2,784
Mount Austin RM 3,024
Horizon Hills/Bukit Indah RM 2,017

Further Permit Advice

The guide below is for those who do NOT hold either Malaysian or Singaporean passports:

If you are a legal resident in both Malaysia and Singapore
The Malaysia status takes precedence in MACS applications (see below ‘you are a legal Malaysia Resident’).

If you are a legal Malaysia Resident – you are the holder of a:

  • Resident’s Pass (variously known as a Five+Five or TalentCorp)
    Student Pass – Not required as you live in Malaysia and you have legal immigration status.
    MACS – Not required by Resident Pass holders.
  • Work Permit
    Student Pass – Not required as you live in Malaysia and you have legal immigration status.
    MACS – Required, you must apply for Pas Kerja (employment) classification. You can apply for your child’s MACS pass as a dependant (Pas Tanggungan).
    Applications for MACS passes should be made at Malaysian Immigration (Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex) at the Second Link.
  • MM2H
    Student Pass – Not required as you live in Malaysia and you have legal immigration status.
    MACS – Required. MM2H holders must go to the IRDA Office in Danga Bayto apply for and renew MAC’s passes. Please check their website for opening hours .

If you are a Singapore Resident – you are the holder of a PR, PEP, WP or LTVP

  • Student Pass – Required, issued for 1 year in the first instance and for 3 years subsequently.
  • MACS – Required, your children, as they are in possession of a Student Pass, must apply for the Pas Pelajar (student) classification; (the benefit is that their MACS pass is valid as long as their Student Pass is valid, removing the need for annual re-application.)

Applications for MACS passes should be made at Malaysian Immigration (Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex) at the Second Link.

If you do not have legal status in either Malaysia or Singapore

You must have your child’s Student Pass before you start the process of applying for a Guardian Visa for yourself or your child’s MACS. In this case you child’s MACS pass is a Pas Pelajar (student).

Please note;
Marlborough College Malaysia will only process your child’s Student Pass.
It remains the parents’ responsibility to apply for and renew any MACS passes for themselves and their children.
The expiry date on your child’s Student Pass is in the small print under ‘condition’.