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New bridge can be an icon

Postby admin » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:48 am

Johor Baru: A bridge to replace the Causeway will complement operations at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex and JB Central complex, the assembly here was heard.

Datuk Abdullah Ali (BN-Bukit Naning) said both buildings were the state’s new iconic structures and a new bridge could also be an iconic symbol. He said Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail’s recent call for the bridge to be revived echoed the sentiment of Johoreans.

“The response by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in stating that the Federal Government would study the matter is encouraging.

“We truly hope that the new bridge will be a reality,” he said.

He added that the rakyat did not want the project to be suspended indefinitely, as it would be an eyesore for the southern gateway of Malaysia.

“I strongly urge the Johor state assembly to support the call made by Sultan Ibrahim. I am confident that the Prime Minister will tackle the issue successfully,” he said.

Abdullah also commended the Sultan for being the first state Ruler to get a locomotive driving licence which was recognised in the Malaysia Book of Records.

Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) said a new bridge should be under a feasible budget and must benefit the people. He suggested a licence requirement to export sand to ensure taxes and royalty were collected to strengthen the state’s finances.

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