PETALING JAYA: The government should continue the negotiation with Singapore to finalise the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project so that it can begin as soon as possible, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“The RTS project is very much needed as it will have an impact on Johor's economic growth, and it will improve the connectivity between Malaysians and Singaporeans with passenger-load capacity of 288,000 per day, saving travelling time,” said the MCA president.
“For people living in Johor, the RTS is a project that benefit the people.
"This is what the people of Johor have dreamed for. It is important for everyone to work together to make the RTS project a success,” said Dr Wee, who is also Ayer Hitam MP, in a Facebook post on Sunday (May 5).
His post came after Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar consented to hand over his plot of land in Bukit Chagar to the government without any cost for the RTS project – on one condition, which is for the project to be continued as soon as possible.
Dr Wee said Sultan Ibrahim had not been informed that the land he owned would be involved in the RTS project.
“However, he is willing to give the land without cost for the sake of the people,” Dr Wee said, thanking the Sultan.
With the Sultan's decree, Dr Wee said, concerns about land acquisition and high compensation payments were no longer a constraint.
He said he was worried the RTS project would be cancelled as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had reportedly said the RTS would not be able to solve the problem of traffic congestion on the causeway.
The MCA president also said the proposal for a third bridge should not be brought up as such a project would only burden the people, especially those without cars.
Just one condition, says Ruler