Malaysia exploring third link to Singapore

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad confirmed to reporters on 30 Aug that “there is some plan” to build a third link with Singapore. But he did not give any further details. This was after the Johor state government had earlier expressed interest in a third link to Singapore, this time to be built on its eastern flank.

Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian said the proposed route is from the Sungai Rengit area in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi district direct to Singapore’s Pulau Ubin.

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In case you don’t know where these places are, the map above shows you the likely third link. It looks like some kid drew the route of the third link for fun. Why on earth would anybody in their right mind think that was a good place to have a bridge? Or is it cannot build crooked bridge then anyhow whack and try to build a curved bridge?

First of all, this proposed bridge connects to Pulau Ubin. Err then from Pulau Ubin how? They expect us to build another bridge to the mainland? Secondly, this is a super indirect bridge, might as well don’t build. The longer the bridge it is, the more expensive it is. If Mahathir thinks the High-Speed Rail does not reap enough benefits for Malaysia, I don’t understand why this bridge is useful. Common sense would mean that you want to build a bridge using the most direct route so that you save on construction costs and commuters save on travelling time, which was the original reason you want to build a bridge in the first place.

Which brings me to my next point. I thought Mahathir keeps saying that their government is heavily in debt? To the tune of $1 trillion ringgit according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. So much so that they want to backtrack on our High-Speed Rail agreement and the China-backed US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link project, at the expense of incurring substantial financial penalties. BUT yet they have spare cash to build a completely unnecessary third link??? This one really catch no ball.

Finally, there are already two land links – the Causeway and the Second Link. We should work together to solve the congestion problems rather than even contemplate a third link. One good way is to make sure the Malaysian immigration officers are actually working when they should be.

Earlier this year, the Johor state government said it is looking to install CCTV cameras and conduct on-the-ground spot checks to tackle disciplinary issues among officers working at the Johor Bahru’s Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ). Because many just relax one corner.

Chairman of the state’s Works, Infrastructure and Transport Committee Mazlan Bujang said he had received feedback that some officers frequently turned up late for work, resulting in immigration counters not opening on time. He added that some officers surfed on their handphones while on duty. If this happens in Singapore, the officer already kanna disciplinary action already.

So please don’t say congestion and then want us to help build a bridge. Maybe you should ensure that the two land links are running at full capacity first?

And if you really want, you pay for it lor. Your idea mah.