RM45.5mil to ease congestion at checkpoint

ISKANDAR PUTERI: An immediate allocation of RM45.5mil to upgrade the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) will be considered by the Finance Ministry (MOF).

Deputy Finance Minister I Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the approval for the allocation would be considered after the application was submitted through MOF, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and several agencies including the National Budget Office (NBO).

Ahmad, who is also one of the committee members representing MOF in the Special Cabinet Committee, said four things needed to be improved to solve the congestion at this critical entry point into the country.

“Today (yesterday), I would like to follow up and see for myself what MOF can help to ensure the implementation of the relevant decisions and what I can help on consideration for a specific request for allocation,” he told Bernama after visiting the complex yesterday.

The Pontian MP said the funds would be used to improve access to the waiting area for heavy vehicles, to combine and build a shelter for inbound and outbound buses, and to provide facilities for passengers.

In addition, he said the allocation also included the establishment of a contra route, which is the opening of 12 lanes.

“This existing contra route from Singapore to Malaysia is open on weekends, holidays or festive seasons, from 24 lanes to 36 lanes to overcome the congestion,” he said.

“We hope after the allocation is approved, all projects will start this year and completed by next year.”

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