Monday, November 22, 2010

Johor needs the Bridge, Labuan asking for one too!

Its about the Jambatan Bengkok (Crooked Bridge) again. Sultan Ibrahim of Johor today called for a new bridge to replace the causeway to Singapor, saying the bridge would be convenient for people travelling to Singapore and back and encourage tourists from the neighbouring country (here).

"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'.

16 comments:

warganegara said...

johor ada asas untuk memohon agar projek itu dikaji semula dan dilaksanakan. ia memang ada nilai komersil di jangka masa panjang.

ketika paklah batalkannya pada 2004, ia dikatakan tidak komersil dan hanya menguntungkan singapura. ia sebaliknya lebih banyak memberi manfaat kepada malsyaia.

saya sokong saranan sultan johor agar jambatan itu dibina. ekonomi negara bertambah baik dan kita ada sumber kewangan untuknya.

daulat tuanku!

Anonymous said...

najib's govt has to consider the calls by sultan johor.

not the first time he said it

rumah tepi jambatan said...

saya sokong sultan johor. jambatan itu perlu dibina walaupun bengkok mengikut spesifikasi tun dr mahathir.

tapi tak setujulah labuan pun mintak. untuk apa?

nanti, melaka pula buat jambatan ke dumai.

pastu pangkor pun mintak, langkawi pun mintak jambatan, redang pun mintak, perhentian pun mintak, tioman pun nak jambatan jugak kalau orang lain mintak...

biarlah berpada-pada...

Anonymous said...

labuan?

he he he


may as well we build a bridge from labuan to manila!

EB, tenom said...

bro,

there are still so many kampungs in sabah and sarawak are without bridges or a proper ones. the residents have been using rivers as the mean of transportation for ages.

why not we build bridges for those in dire need first before considering the causeway?

i am not against the sultan but as a sabahan, we really need to look into this.

dayang said...

jambatan ke singapura memang lojik tapi yang di labuan tu, susah la nak cakap. ingat murah ke nak buat dari tanah besar ke labuan?

unicorn said...

i agree!

revive the project and make it happen!

jake dragon said...

for johor - bridge over troubled waters.

for labuan - bridge too far!

Anonymous said...

After all the preliminary construction work has been completed. The present state of limbo is a mess and aesthetically unsightly, not to mention the traffic CRAWL for all affected.

Pay heed to the Sultan's call.

wakil oya said...

untuk makluman, banyak jambatan baru perlu dibina di seluruh negara, khasnya di malaysia timur.

duit untuk satu jambatan mega boleh digunakan untuk membuat 100 jambatan menyeberangi sungai2 di sabah dan sarawak, yang selama ini menyukarkan pergerakan rakyat. mereka masih menggunakan sungai untuk ke pekan dan bandar dan ini membahayakan keselamatan.

kita kajilah dulu. kalau ada duit lebih, barulah boleh buat projek mega. rakyat didahulukan.....

lim brady said...

what would be the new costing for the bridge now?

Anonymous said...

demolish the causeway, let singapore become a complete island. if they want to come to malaysia, take aeroplanes!

gajah berang said...

wakil dap labuan tu macam mengugut je. apsal labuan pulak nak jambatan? daripada buat kat labuan, baik sambung je langkawi ke tanah besar, lagi ada nilai komersilnya.

mengada-ngada!

Anonymous said...

Hey anon @ November 23, 2010 11:07 AM

they should come to Malaysia the same way Mas Selamat did - swim across

heh heh

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Anonymous said...

I didn't know some morons could leave comments on blogs. One said Demolish the causeway and make Singaporeans take the plane. Another said they can swim across. Haven't they heard of a Tuas 2nd Link? Der!