Wee updates Johor Ruler on latest progress of RTS link project


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jul 2020

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong met his Singaporean counterpart Ong Ye Kung over video conference ahead of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link signing ceremony.

PETALING JAYA: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has been updated about the latest progress of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project, a day before Malaysia signs the agreement with Singapore today.

The Tuanku granted an audience to Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who also briefed Sultan Ibrahim on plans to develop the maritime sector, especially at the Tanjung Pelepas port and Johor port, for the interests of the rakyat and country.

“The Johor Mentri Besar also provided the Transport Ministry with the state government’s feedback regarding a plan proposed by a private company to build a ship-to-ship (STS) hub at Johor Baru port,” said Dr Wee in a Facebook post yesterday.

Also at the meeting were Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, Deputy Transport Minister Hasbi Habibollah, Transport secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, Johor state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, Prasarana CEO Muhammad Nizam Alias and MRT Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Zarif Mohd Hashim.In an earlier posting, Dr Wee said he had also met his Singaporean counterpart Ong Ye Kung via video conferencing ahead of the RTS link project signing ceremony.

He said they managed to discuss and finalise outstanding issues before the project’s July 31 deadline.

“We both agreed that this occasion is an important and significant milestone for both our countries.

“It’s also unprecedented as we both managed to resolve the outstanding issues in time to meet the July 31 deadline for the signing despite grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Kudos to the diligent and dedicated negotiation teams on both sides,” he said.

Dr Wee added that he and Ong were committed to closer cooperation between the two countries in terms of movement of people, especially in light of the economic recovery period post-Covid-19.

“Moving forward, Minister Ong and I also pledge to facilitate person-to-person exchanges and movement between our nations during the post-Covid-19 economic recovery (period),” he said.

Earlier, Dr Wee told Parliament that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong would witness the signing of the agreement today.

The RTS will span 4km from Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru to Woodlands in Singapore, with a capacity to ferry 10,000 passengers per direction per hour.

Last night, Dr Wee attended an appreciation dinner for all negotiators and staff involved in the project.

“Kudos and a big thank-you to everyone who played a role in making the negotiations a success,” he said.

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