Johor govt mulling third Malaysia-Singapore link

MOHD FAHMI MOHD YUSOF

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government says it plans to build a third link between Malaysia and Singapore to reduce traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway.

Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the third link, once completed, would connect Pengerang in east Johor to Pulau Ubin in Singapore.

He also said the state government will draft a proposal for the construction of the link before submitting it to the federal government for approval.

“If we look at it, Pengerang is only three kilometres away from Pulau Ubin and east Johor is experiencing rapid growth.

“We also talked about implementing a new system at the third link, where people will only need to show authorities their passports once for verification,” he said during a press conference here today.

Present was UEM Sunrise Bhd chief executive officer and managing director Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib.

Osman said discussions on the new link would involve several agencies, including the state Implementation and Coordination Unit.

“The discussions will also involve the Singaporean government,” he said, adding that the link may be connected to the Pulau Ubin underground tunnel.

“The state government is always thinking about Malaysian citizens who cross into Singapore for work and the existing links are congested and packed,” he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd