MB: RTS will boost cross-border economy

Khaled (standing, left) greeting the public at the Road Transport Department service counter during his visit to the Pasir Gudang Urban Transformation Centre. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The bilateral agreement signed by Malaysia and Singapore last week to finalise the implementation of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project will play an important role in boosting cross-border economy.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the economic boom would benefit not only residents in Johor but also from other states who intend to seek employment in Singapore for higher wages.

“From Singapore’s side, its citizens may come to Johor for shopping, recreation and so on, thus boosting the economy.

“Cross-border economy is certain to thrive between our countries.

“Perhaps what is happening in Johor Baru and Singapore now can serve as an insight to the relevant parties on managing the cross-border economy of Kedah-Thailand,” he said after visiting the Pasir Gudang Urban Transformation Centre here.

He said this when asked to comment on the eighth annual retreat between Malaysian and Singapore leaders last week which saw a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between both countries.

With an expected 300,000 people using the Causeway everyday to commute to Singapore and Johor Baru, he said the RTS would reduce traffic congestion at the link. – Bernama


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