Muhyiddin: Upgrading works on BSI to start soon with takeover


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  • Wednesday, 05 Feb 2020

JOHOR BARU: Upgrading works on Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine will start soon after the building management was taken over by the Home Ministry on Jan 1 this year, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Home Minister said the BSI, which started its operation in 2008, was under the management of the Prime Minister’s Department previously.

“We have taken over the building, including its management, and will see what needs to be upgraded, including the lighting system, security features and other amenities such as toilets.

“An allocation of RM85mil has been set aside by the Finance Ministry to carry out upgrading works,” he told a press conference after a working visit there yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the cost to upgrade just the lighting system at several strategic locations within the building was estimated to be about RM5mil.

He welcomed an initial proposal to build a covered walkway to enter the causeway into Singapore but the matter needed to be discussed further with various parties, including the Johor government.

“We will have to discuss with the state government and PLUS Malaysia Bhd on the funding for the project.

“PLUS collects about RM30mil per year from toll at the BSI and we estimated the cost to have the walkway at about RM30mil,” he said.

Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, later had an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Pasir Pelangi.

In a post on Sultan Ibrahim’s official Facebook page, it said the meeting lasted about 30 minutes, which was also attended by Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Rakon.

Sultan Ibrahim touched on several issues during the meeting, including the lighting system and comfort of users and pedestrian at the BSI.

In December last year, the Ruler called for the lighting system at the BSI to be fixed for the safety and security of thousands of people, who travelled daily between Singapore and Malaysia.

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