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Friday January 27, 2006

Green light for scenic bridge

LUMUT: Malaysia will proceed to build a bridge across its half of the Johor Strait, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

The Deputy Prime Minister said that while construction of the bridge costing RM2bil was going on, negotiations to get Singapore to complete the project would continue. 

“If the negotiations are not successful, the bridge will become a half-bridge or scenic bridge,” he told reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for the country’s first bio-diesel factory in Kampung Acheh Industrial Estate here yesterday. 

He was commenting on a news report that the Government would not wait for Singapore’s decision on the matter and would go ahead with plans to build the bridge. 

Najib added that the bridge would be converted into a full bridge if negotiations with Singapore were successful. 

When asked about the negotiations, Najib said the Government was discussing several options with Singapore. 

In Kuala Lumpur, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the Public Works Department had issued a letter to Gerbang Perdana Sdn Bhd, a local consortium undertaking the construction of the bridge and other related facilities, authorising it to resume work. 

Speaking to reporters after presenting ISO 9001 certification to 24 contractors, Samy Vellu said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar had requested that the letter be issued to Gerbang Perdana. 

Samy Vellu said there would also be discussions between the ministry, Finance Ministry and Gerbang Perdana to negotiate a lump sum for the project. 

To a question, Samy Vellu said the plans for the bridge were ready, but that it was difficult to say how long construction would take. 

“The bridge will be linked to a RM30mil access road that will connect to the Johor Causeway,” he added. 

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