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Singapore, Malaysia to build new bridge 

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Singapore’s top leader Lee Kuan Yew agreed to Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak’s proposal to build a new bridge to link eastern Johor to Singapore, reported Malaysian newspaper the New Strait Times.

The republic’s nod for the project was conveyed by its minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew during his meeting with Najib Thursday, the paper said.

Although no deadline would be given for the commencement of the project for now, once built the bridge would be the catalyst for rapid growth in eastern Johor and meet Singapore’s desire to increase its investments in Malaysia, Najib was quoted as saying.

“Singapore is keen on having the third bridge and it is something which we (Malaysia and Singapore) will pursue,” he said.

Najib, who is also finance minister, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop had been asked to conduct a feasibility study on the project with his Singaporean counterpart.

They are expected to appoint a consultant and determine the projected cost.
Najib said the cost of constructing the bridge would be shared equally by both countries.

The third bridge, after the Causeway and the Second Link, would not only facilitate Johor’s development but also that of Rompin and Kuantan in Pahang as well as Terengganu.

Iskandar Malaysia, a mega development project in Johor which borders Singapore, would also benefit from the third bridge project, the Malaysian prime minister said.

The prime minister raised the new bridge idea during his visit to Singapore recently, on the grounds that eastern Johor was less developed and had huge potential.



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