Jun 12, 2009

No To Third Bridge

Najib's idea of a third bridge to Singapore is inappropriate says Datuk Sharir Abdul Samad who is the Member of Parliament for Johor Bahru.

"My view is that construction of the bridge is not necessary. Instead, the government should improve efficiency of the ferry service or encourage the use of ship and boats as a mode of transport between the two countries.

"The government should make it a priority to build a new bridge to overcome congestion at the Johor causeway," he told reporters at a function here.

He said this in response to a statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who met Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in Putrajaya several days ago, that Singapore was keen on the construction of a third bridge linking the republic to Malaysia.

"The concept of the third bridge on the eastern side of Johor is something which we will pursue, and Singapore is quite keen on having the third bridge.

"When we have a third bridge, we can develop the whole of the eastern side (of Johor) up to Mersing and onwards to Desaru".

"Singapore did say that it (the area) has the potential to be another Nusa Jaya like in Bali (Indonesia)," Najib said in his opening address at the 2010 Budget consultation meeting at the Finance Ministry.

Looks like the making of another mega multi billion ringgit project! Has Najib strike a deal with Singapore and can we afford it as there is already a big strain on our national deficit. But what the heck we have already thrown away 12 billion or more into the sea of Port Klang and throwing more billions to the straits of Johor might just balance things up.

Read Najib HERE
Read Sharir HERE

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