ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government is conducting a preliminary study into a third link between Pengerang and Pulau Ubin in Singapore while still supporting the idea of reviving plans for the “crooked bridge”.
Johor Works, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said the state government proposed the third bridge to handle the congestion at the Causeway and Second Link at Tanjung Kupang.
“The idea is to create an alternative route to divert traffic from the country’s two entry points and free up the Causeway and Second Link for light vehicles,” he said in reply to Ayub Jamil (BN-Rengit) during the state assembly here.
Mazlan also said the “crooked” bridge, first proposed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, would go ahead despite some Pakatan Harapan leaders being against the idea.
“It is a norm for a coalition to have different ideas but we are able to find a proper solution on the matter and the crooked bridge will not affect our relationship,” he said.
It was reported that Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong had said the “crooked bridge” which the state government planned to revive was not an immediate priority.
He, however, said the party would support a third bridge as it was more important to ensure smoother traffic flow.
Mazlan said based on the original plan for the crooked bridge, the 1.4km link should already have been built to replace the 1.06km Causeway, which has been in use since 1923.