Transport sector awaits positive news from Malaysia-Singapore ministerial meeting

JOHOR BARU: The state government hopes that a firm decision could be reached at the upcoming Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee meeting regarding the proposed Rapid Transit System (RTS) link and High Speed Rail.

Johor Domestic Trade, Tourism and Consumerism executive committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong hoped that the meeting tomorrow in Singapore between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, would have a fruitful outcome.

Tee, who is also Johor MCA deputy chairman, said that the long overdue decision could further boost the state’s economy as well as the tourism sector.

Najib and Lee had in February 2013 jointly announced their agreement to develop the RTS, which links Johor Baru and Singapore as well as the HSR that enables travellers to commute between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Initial studies reported that the RTS would have six stations in Malaysia where three of the proposed stations will be situated in Johor Baru.

"The infrastructure will surely attract foreign investments into the state as well as create various job opportunities, which will definitely boost Johor's economy," he said.

Tee added that having the structure in Johor Baru would benefit the state especially the Iskandar Malaysia region.

Johor is a special state that has a strategic location and is equipped with facilities like an international airport, ports, the Causeway and Second Link to Singapore and these are all good supporting reasons to attract foreign investments," he added.

Tee also said that the state would enjoy tourism boost as the journey to the state from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore would be easier and quicker with the high-speed links.

Johor Baru and Woodlands in Singapore are linked by the 1.056km Johor Causeway completed in 1932 and between 80,000 and 100,000 vehicles use it daily.

Johor and the island republic are also connected via the Second Link, a dual three-lane carriageway linking Tanjung Kupang to Tuas in Singapore, the bridge is about 1.9km long.

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