Johor to study new Puteri Harbour-Singapore ferry service

There is a need to reduce the number of squatter houses in the state to reduce river pollution, says Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor government will study the possibility of introducing a new ferry service from Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal to Singapore.

Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (pic) said with the new service in the future, it is hoped that it will facilitate travel between Johor and Singapore and further improve the state's economy.

"I have asked Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Raven Kumar Krishnasamy to study and look at ways to enable travel from the terminal here to Singapore,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Jan 19).

He said the state government will work with the federal government and terminal operator, UEM Sunrise Bhd, to improve the quality of the ferry terminal services to benefit Johor's economy and its people.

Earlier, Onn Hafiz inspected the operations of the terminal, which is one of the maritime gateways to the country with shuttle routes connecting to Batam and Tanjung Balai in Indonesia.

Onn Hafiz, who is also the Machap assemblyman, said a total of 141,720 visitors used the terminal services last year.

From 2019 to 2022, about 36% of visitors who arrived at the ferry terminal were those seeking medical treatment in Johor.

"This proves the importance of providing transport infrastructure such as this terminal to continue to support the growth of the local economic sector,” he added. - Bernama

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