KUALA LUMPUR: The "crooked bridge" project that the Johor state government plans to revive is not an immediate priority, says Liew Chin Tong (pic).
The Johor DAP chief said the party would support the third bridge project linking Johor to Singapore, as it was more important to ensure smoother traffic flow on both sides.
"For the third bridge project, we will be happy to support and maybe we can seriously consider it.
"The main focus should be to ensure speedy traffic flow of people and goods on both sides, which is why DAP is prepared to support the idea of a third bridge.
"We think that the crooked bridge is not an immediate priority," Liew, who is also Deputy Defence Minister, told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Oct 17).
It has been reported that Johor plans to build a third bridge in Sungai Rengit in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi district to ease traffic congestion at the Johor Causeway and the Second Link Crossing.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the bridge would link the southeast part of Johor with Pulau Ubin in Singapore.
Osman also said on Tuesday (Oct 16) that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was keen to revisit the idea of the "crooked bridge" project linking Johor to Singapore.
The "crooked bridge" project was mooted by Dr Mahathir before he retired as premier in 2003.
He had planned to build the bridge, which involved a six-lane S-shaped highway that allows vessels to pass under it, since Singapore refused to demolish its half of the causeway link between the two countries.
The project was dropped by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he became prime minister, which led to Dr Mahathir fiercely opposing his hand-picked successor.
Osman said the Johor state government would be holding a meeting with the Singaporean government at the end of this month to discuss on the "crooked bridge" and third bridge projects.