The more links between both sides (Johor – SG), the better it will be. More SMEs in Singapore can be expand their business with management on one side and production on the other. Iknow Singaporean SMEs can also build their factories in Batam By the way, the minimum wage for Batam is already set at IDR 3.52 million (RM981) which meant that the difference is not as wide as I thought anymore. It’s also much harder to get to Batam from Singapore when compared to Johor. Here’s that earlier report about this minimum wage. People from both sides (Johor and SG) can even become tourists to one another on a weekend basis. I think the Johor Menteri Besar and his team of advisors may be agreeing with my views too. 😛 Reported in an article in edgeprop.my: Third Johor – Singapore link bridge wanted within 4 years.
The third link will be built in Sungai Rengit, Pengerang and it will link Johor to Pulau Ubin in Singapore. It will take between 3-4 years. Current two links are Johor Causeway and the Second Link Crossing. Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian was quoted by The Star as saying that talks were currently underway with a company that showed a strong interest in undertaking the project. Osman said, “If everything goes as planned, we could see the bridge taking place within the next three to four years.” This will be a project implemented under the Private Public Cooperative Unit (Ukas) of the Prime Minister’s Department. The link Sungai Rengit-Pulau Ubin route will only be 3km. The link would feature common immigration checkpoints for both Malaysia and Singapore which is different compared to the separate checkpoints for both the Johor Causeway in Johor Bahru and the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah. That article in edgeprop.my for reference here.
Anyway, let’s get back to reality. This has to be approved by the Federal government. Yes, it should be easier than if the state is under opposition but this has NOT been approved yet. Again, this will help those with vehicles but if we are looking at even Singaporeans without vehicles (majority of them!), then a much more thorough last-mile connectivity is needed. If we have a bus between both sides for this 3rd link, then what happens when these Singaporeans without cars arrive in Johor? Will they be able to travel around tourist spots easily? This will be the key and not whether just the bridge to be built. Of course, if the answer is that there is NO bus being planned, then this 3rd link will just be busy during those holiday periods. Perhaps this is not so ideal yeah. Happy following.
written on 31 Aug 2018 (Yes… writing even on this day)
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