Johor Sultan grants audience to Transport Minister

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  • Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020

JOHOR BARU: Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar granted an audience to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) on Tuesday (June 2).

A statement posted on Sultan Ibrahim's official Facebook page stated that the meeting with Dr Wee, who is also Ayer Hitam MP and MCA president, was held at the Istana Pasir Pelangi here.

During the audience, Sultan Ibrahim was briefed on the direction, as well as projects, pertaining to public transportation in Johor.

Meanwhile, Dr Wee, in a Facebook post, said he discussed many issues with Sultan Ibrahim during the 90-minute audience.

"This includes the development of public transportation infrastructure, the latest status on the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS), as well as on the state's maritime sector for the rakyat's interest.

"The ministry and I are committed to increasing the service quality to provide an efficient, safe and effective transportation system that will strengthen multi-modalism and enhance the country's competitiveness," he added.

Early last month, Dr Wee announced that bilateral discussions on the Johor Baru-RTS link project had been extended by three months to July 31, 2020, from the April 30 deadline previously.

He said many economic and social sectors had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RTS is a project linking Johor Baru and Singapore that seeks to ease congestion at both the Causeway and the Second Link.

The major transportation projects happening in the state also included the RM12.4bil, 192km electric double-tracking project between Gemas and Johor Baru, which is expected to be completed in October 2021.

It will have a total of 14 stations in the state – Tenang, Chamek, Senai, Segamat, Genuang, Labis, Bekok, Paloh, Kluang, Mengkibol, Renggam, Layang-Layang, Kulai and Kempas Baru.

On Monday, the state government said it hoped the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project would proceed as it was a high-impact project that would bring many economic benefits to both countries.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the HSR would provide job opportunities – not just for skilled workers but also for ordinary workers.

On Sunday (May 31), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said both governments had agreed to extend the deferment of the HSR to Dec 31.

In September 2018, Malaysia and Singapore agreed to suspend the construction of the bilateral project until May 31, 2020, to find the best way forward for the project.

The Malaysian government has been reviewing the project with MyHSR Corp to identify cost-reduction options, such as reviewing and optimising the alignment, station locations and business model.

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