"I appreciate that the government is caring and constantly striving to tackle problems facing the people. However, there is one wish of the people of Johor that has yet to be fulfilled, and that is for a bridge to replace the causeway," he said at Istana Besar (the main palace).
Replacing the causeway would enable water at the strait to flow unhindered and at the same time improve the environment, he added.
The bridge, mooted by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir was 'put to rest' by his successor Tun Abdullah in 2004. I think this is the second time Sultan Ibrahim has reiterated his calls for such a bridge.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has yet to make any stand about the project.
And in Labuan, the Opposition said Dr Mahathir has insulted the people of Labuan in saying that having a much-awaited bridge linking it to mainland Sabah will not do the island any good.
Sabah DAP Labuan Chief, Lau Seng Kiat, said Labuanites felt cheated because time and again people on the island returned Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates in every general election.
"It has been a 15-year wait for the people of Labuan. In fact during his campaign trails, Dr Mahathir had promised to make Labuan the pearl of South China Sea (here).
"Unfortunately, until today Labuan continues to be a sleepy town," he said, adding that failure to fulfil the bridge promise may cost BN the Labuan Parliamentary seat in the 13th general election.He felt a bridge connecting Labuan to the mainland would boost the socio-economy of the region as prices of general food and everyday necessities are extremely unreasonable in Labuan due to high transportation cost, including ferry charges.
Lets get the boss to comment on this two 'jambatan'.