This is the old Arab traders quarter but is now occupied by Indian/Pakistani cloth merchants and tailors in simple old fashioned shops, no sky-scrapers or huge department stores. Prices are marked up-front and reasonable. Best are the colourful Indonesian batiques which have the advantages of being easily folded and light in weight. Also a colourful mosque, coffee houses and Islamic bookshop. A pleasant neighbourhood in which to wander and mingle.
It is pleasant and cheap living for the ordinary population in a secure environment. Reflect on the results of policies to enhance individual assets. Reflect on the lack of tolerance of anti-social behaviour. The use of the rattan to punish and reform yobs. Weep for the results of liberal sentimentality in your home country by contrast.
Queenstown Estate would do. Or Tanjong Pagar, to be nearer the centre.
Singaporeans cross the causeway to Johor Bahru for cheap shopping, but you don't need to as goods in Singapore are already cheap and better quality.
Instead visit the beautiful former palace of the sultans of Johor. Whatever your opinions on hunting trophies, treasure rooms and crystal furniture, it gives an unforgettable picture of the lifestyle of the royal family who now live in another palace in Johor Bahru.
Take a bus across the causeway from Singapore and make sure to fill in the various immigration forms accurately. Then catch a licensed taxi to the museum - the fare should be no more than 5 ringgits (beware of unlicensed drivers who will hassle you as you leave the entry point).
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