Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A bridge too far?

I remember helping TDM (I was assigned) preparing the small red book 'Jambatan Bengkok' (The Crooked Bridge) about three years ago.

Its content, among others were letters of correspondence between TDM (as the premier then) and his counterpart in Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong.

Goh, if I am not mistaken, did not at all object to the construction of the crooked bridge across the Straits of Johore as long as it didnt go beyond our common border. In fact, Goh was supportive of such an idea.

However, many analysts then were more pro-Singapore, including those who are Malaysians. The bridge will, of course, lead to the demolition of the Causeway, enhance the waterway for tourism prospect as it would allow small ships and large barges and yachts to pass underneath, and improves the quality of water for the benefit of Johore fishermen.

Singapore didnt like the idea as it was perceived as an element to jeopardise their economy, notably its shipping. In fact, Port of Tanjung Pelepas will benefit more as smaller ships which can pass the Straits would eventually skip Singapore ports. (read Rockybru...)

When Pak Lah cancelled the project, the Singaporeans were overjoyed. Malaysians stood as losers as we failed to establish its economic potential.

Now that Najib wanted to revive it, the Republic was feeling the threats coming again. With the demolition of the Causeway, their worries are for the possibilities of water supply agreement with Johore being disrupted or renegotiated over its new price, and the railway link which has played an essential role in ferrying Malaysian 'Singapore-made' product across.

I also remember once the Sultan of Johore had called for the demolition of the Causeway to make way for the bridge.

Well, its not a bridge too far anyway...

14 comments:

rahman, JB said...

bro,

got a copy of the small book?

or u may reproduce it in your weblog.

thanks

donplaypuks® said...

Did Dr.M, the EPU or Gerbang Perdana which got compensated RM 700 million for suspended works and some concept drawings ever do a cost-benefit financial study?

It would be interesting to know how they hoped we would pay for the bridge and recover costs? Another crony toll bridge deal with built-in bailout clause?
http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

bujai! sure am i agreed with that even tho i came from Solok, i've lived in Johore.

densapolagi!

vinnan said...

Goh Chok Tong supports building the crooked brige but Singaporeans do not? What kind of fucking bullshit is this. Aiyo yo you UMNO/Malay clowns just just can't get over the fact that you screwed yourselves royally when you people kicked Singapore out of the Confederation. In 1965, the Alliance passed a Parliamentary resolution allowing Singapore to leave the Confederation when there was no provision in the constitution to allow for a state to leave or to be kicked out of the Confederation. UMNO's gambit to bring Singapore to its knees failed miserably and Singapore is now a constant symbol of UMNO's failure. Next, you UMNO clowns were so stuck on your 'Ketuanan Shit' that you could not bear to see the Singapore flag on Pedra Branca. UMNO the shithead just had to bring the case to the ICJ and risk permanent loss rather than look for a bilateral solution. All UMNO needed to do was to wait for resource poor Singapore to need the natural resources in Malaysia someday to use as a bargaining chip to get Pedra Branca back. Look at the map of Pedra Branca and tell me how any idiot could possibly lose an Island which obviously belongs to Malaysia. The biggest joke must be Rais Yatim's win-win 'Ketuanan Shit'.

You UMNO assholes want Singapore and Pedra Branca back? Go and take it from the SAF. What no balls to fight the Chinese in Singapore? A lot of balls to call the non-Malays 'pendatangs' though.

GET THIS STRAIGHT IN YOUR SHIT UMNO HEAD. THERE ARE MANY NON-MALAYS WHO WISH FOR THE DAY WHEN SINGAPORE BECOMES PART OF MALAYSIA AGAIN. THESE SAME PEOPLE ARE STILL IN DISBELIEF AS TO HOW UMNO COULD HAVE LOST PEDRA BRANCA. WE LOVE MALAYSIA JUST AS MUCH AS ANY MALAY. OPEN YOUR UMNO COCK EYE TO THIS REALITY AND MALAYSIA WILL BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL.

deepthroat said...

the question is, do we really NEED the bridge?

"essential role in ferrying Malaysian 'Singapore-made' product across"?!

hashim chonel said...

Bro,

Frankly, you prefer straight or crooked? Well, irespective which bridge, BIN JALIL, sure make tonnes of money.

As an SMSJ OLD BOY, I support the erection of the bridge to replace the causeway, same goes with the Iskandar mega township. Only, I the ownership for the commercial building should be accorded to the local rather than the foreigners.

BEST OF LUCK BRO.

Anonymous said...

apsal nak buat bengkok pulak? kalau lurus, safe cost dia!

rajan said...

its been many years since dr m mooted the idea to erect a bridge to replace the old causeway.

many people said then that it would cost lot of money while some said it would be benificial to malaysia.

i live in skudai and i agree to the bridge project. however, i dont see its necessary during this economic crisis.

maybe we can wait.

lehman said...

dah lamaaa dahhh! tdm rancang, paklah pancung. ni najib pulak nak hidupkan balik.

kena kaji semula la bro. banyak guna duit tu. ekonomi tengah meleset sekarang ni.

Anonymous said...

KAMI SOKONG

KAMI SOKONG

KAMI KOSONG (mintak duit sikit bro)

anak pahang said...

ASYIK2 KISAH JAMBATAN NI JE.

SURUH LA KEAJAAN BUAT JAMBATAN BARU KAT KAMPUNG AKU NI. DAH MACAM NAK ROBOH DAH!

kawan lama2 said...

bujai,

where's the book? gimme a copy man!

Anonymous said...

we should reconsider our agreements again with singapore. if they talk much, just hike the price or dont supply at all laaa!

kluangman said...

Dalam keadaan ekonomi tengah merudum inilah, harga barang jatuh, besi dan simen, elok dibina jambatan bengkok dan bukannya tegak(tarikan pelancung) dan peluang pekerjaan dan perniagaan sampingan akan berkembang.

Jambatan bengkok juga boleh mengembalikan erti kemerdekaan dan kebebasan kita membuat keputusan, bermaruah dan bukannya penakut dan busuk hati macam paklah.

Lakukanlah semua itu bukan kerana Mahathir, bukan kerana UMNO, bukan kerana Najib, tetapi kerana jika ia menguntungkan dan mendatangkan kebaikan majoritinya kepada seluruh kemakmuran rakyat Satu Malaysia.