Call to build bridge fast

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 05 Feb 2020

Dr Wee (front row, fifth from left, in red) with Tee and Jefridin (front row, third and fourth from left) and other guests at the CNY open house.

PONTIAN: Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng has urged the Johor government to speed up work on a new bridge linking Pontian to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP).

Dr Wee said that the road would help enhance Pontian’s connectivity and provide an alternative road for the public to Johor Baru and Singapore.

“At the moment, there is only one main road linking Pontian to Johor Baru and it is in dire need of upgrading works as it is riddled with potholes.

“This poses serious safety concerns, especially during heavy rain as the road will be slippery, ” he said during Tanjung Piai MCA Chinese New Year open house here in Pekan Nanas.

Dr Wee added that the delay in the completion of the bridge had also impacted the local economy, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as the tourism industry.

“The new bridge will help to boost local economy, especially on eco-tourism in Kukup as it will make it easier for visitors from Johor Baru and Singapore to get there.

“On top of that, the bridge will make life easier for those working in Singapore as they only have one road to use at the moment, ” he said, adding that the bridge would also help reduce congestion.

The 3km-bridge linking PTP to Kampung Sungai Boh across Sungai Pulai was initially scheduled to be completed by October 2020.

Dr Wee said that he was happy to celebrate Chinese New Year this year as Tanjung Piai MP.

“Those attending the open house come from all walks of life and are of different race and religion.

“That is the strength and beauty of the country and I hope the spirit of unity continues to live on, ” he said.

Also present at the open house were Pontian MCA division chief Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Tanjung Piai Umno division chief Datuk Jefridin Atan.

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