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In 2002, when Mahathir Mohamad was near the end of his first stint as Malaysian Prime Minister (1981-2003), he proposed building a “half-bridge” on the Malaysian half of the Causeway after failing to get Singapore to agree to a new bridge.
The following year, he decided to proceed with the construction of the so-called “crooked bridge”, but his successor, Abdullah Badawi, scrapped the project in 2006 to avoid political and legal disputes with Singapore.
Now that PM Mahathir is back at the helm, Johor’s chief minister has stated that plans for the crooked bridge have been revived.
Many people in Johor would rather see a hospital built instead of the controversial bridge. But Dr Mahathir says “[the people of Johor] want to build the crooked bridge”, adding that Singapore’s consent was not needed for such an alteration to be made to the existing Causeway. Singapore would only have to give consent to a third bridge, should it ever materialise.
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