The Sultan of Johore wants the new bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore to be built (read h e r e). How now? It was canceled during Pak Lah's administration on grounds that it was too costly and the government didnt have much money then.
Mooted by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the so-called 'Jambatan Bengkok' or crooked bridge was suppose to replace the ageing and congested Causeway.
The idea was also to ensure a clear passage for Selat Tebrau waterway, thus enabling local fishermen to benefit from a cleaner and heathier environment. The Straits too may cater small fishing and leisure boats and yachts.
Singapore, then under premier Goh Chok Tong refused to build its portion of the bridge, citing it as not economical and would only benefit Malaysia. However, the Republic did not object to Malaysia erecting in on its side.
And now that Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has good and solid reasons for it, will Prime Minister Najib willing to re-open the file?