Groups want more details on RTS project


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

JOHOR BARU: Various groups here are hoping for more details about the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, which has finally received the green light under Budget 2020 after months of suspense.

Welcoming Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement for the government to continue with the project, RTS monitoring group representative Dr Tee Ching Seng yesterday said there were, however, no further details forthcoming. “The government should not keep the people in the dark about this project and I do hope that Transport Minister Anthony Loke will come forward with details, ” he said.

Johor South SME adviser Teh Kee Sin said Lim should have disclosed more details about the project instead of merely saying that it was on.

“The RTS project has been in the pipeline for so long since the early years of Iskandar Malaysia, which was when Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was the country’s prime minister.

“It’s been 13 years now that the project was mooted and the government should carry on with the project, ” he said.

Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar said having the RTS would be a win-win situation for Johor and Malaysia as this would attract more investment into the country.

“The system will definitely help to ease congestion along the Causeway.

“The government should be transparent about this because we are now living in Malaysia Baharu, ” he said.

It was earlier reported that the deadline for Malaysia to decide on the RM4bil RTS project to link Johor Baru and Singapore had been extended until the end of this month.

The Malaysian government had made the request for the extension as the initial six-month grace period granted by Singapore expired on Sept 30.

Both governments had signed a bilateral agreement last year to build the 4km cross-border MRT link from Woodlands in Singapore to Bukit Chagar in Johor.

The completion date for the rail link will now likely be delayed beyond the original target of Dec 31,2024.

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