PUTRAJAYA: The construction cost of the third bridge linking Singapore and Malaysia will be borne by both countries if it takes off, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The decision on when construction could begin would depend on the outcome of a feasibility study, said Najib, adding that Singapore has again expressed interest in the third bridge through its Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew when they met recently.
He said the bridge could help bring development to the eastern side of Johor up to Desaru and Mersing and even benefit Rompin and Kuantan in Pahang and parts of Terengganu.
The Singaporeans had even said that the bridge could lead to greater development that would make Desaru on par with Nusa Jaya in Bali.
“I have asked (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to discuss the matter as soon as possible and appoint consultants for a feasibility study that will include the construction cost,” Najib told a press conference after attending the 2010 Budget consultation meeting at the Finance Ministry here yesterday.
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