Revival of 'crooked bridge' project meets Johoreans' aspirat

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Revival of 'crooked bridge' project meets Johoreans' aspirat

Postby admin » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:48 am

The revival of the crooked bridge project across the Johor Straits under the new leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak meets the aspiration of the Johor people.

Johor Umno Youth information chief Khalid Mohamad said all the people of Johor, regardless of religious belief and race, wanted the government to review the decision made in 2006 to cancel the construction of the crooked bridge.

"The people of Johor are placing high hopes on the Prime Minister to review the decision to cancel the crooked bridge project across the Johor Straits.

"The effects from the construction of the crooked bridge will be most positive to the Johor economy. We urge the government to reconsider (the cancellation) as soon as possible," said Khalid who is also the Johor Baru Umno Youth chief, at a media conference, here today.

He said although the country was facing the global economic slowdown, the construction of the crooked bridge would stimulate the local economy and bring it out of the recession.

"It (the construction of the bridge) is a long-term investment and no one can deny the positive effects arising from the construction of the bridge to the Johor economy and in creating various economic opportunities," he said.

On the possibility of Singapore protesting the revival of the project, he said both countries were capable of avoiding the issue from being made a collateral in resolving outstanding problems.

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No decision yet on crooked bridge

Postby admin » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:51 am

SINGAPORE: The government has not made any decision whether to resume the construction of the crooked bridge over the Tebrau Straits, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

After delivering the closing keynote address at the Second Asean and Asia Forum here yesterday, Muhyiddin was asked about the growing calls, especially from Johor's political and business community, for the government to review its 2006 decision to cancel the crooked bridge project.

They say the construction of the RM600 million crooked bridge to replace the Causeway which was built in 1924, could spur economic growth and provide various economic opportunities to the local population.

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Crooked bridge project should be revived, says group

Postby admin » Mon May 04, 2009 6:23 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The crooked bridge project to replace the Cause­way should be revived for the convenience of travellers, the Former Malaysian Customs Officers Asso- ciation (Perbekas) said.

Perbekas urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to carry out the project, which was cancelled three years ago.

Travelling will be smoother and faster. From an economic perspective, it will also provide customer satisfaction to those crossing the straits, said Perbekas patron Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abd Mutalib.

He said this when asked to comment on the shelved project during the opening of the Perbekas office in Pandan Indah here yesterday.

He added that with the crooked bridge, Customs officers stationed at the border would also be able reduce smuggling activities.

Items may be easily smuggled in and out of the country because people can take advantage of heavy traffic and sneak past the officers, said Abdul Halil, a former Customs director-general.

But with the crooked bridge easing facilitating traffic flow, checks could be conducted more effectively, he added.

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