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M’sian minister says third JB-Singapore bridge to be decided only after congestion research
Traffic situation at the Causeway, as Chinese New Year travelling kicks off...photo. Ernest Chua..

M’sian minister says third JB-Singapore bridge to be decided only after congestion research

JOHOR BARU — The much talked-about third bridge linking Malaysia to Singapore will likely be decided only after comprehensive research is carried out to determine its necessity in alleviating traffic congestion coming into Johor, said Malaysia’s home minister on Sunday (Dec 1).

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin indicated that the Malaysian government hoped to embark on the “holistic research” early next year once there are funds available, but a decision will likely be reached only after October.

“This will be done after we received feedback from the holistic research, including the location of the third bridge, that will also be based on the research by a concession company.

“The research is expected to cost about RM5 million (S$1.64 million) and would take about nine months to be completed,” he told reporters after chairing a committee meeting on the congestion issue at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Johor Baru.

Also present at the meeting were Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad and Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Rakon.

Mr Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP and Bukit Gambir assemblyman, said any bilateral discussion with Singapore concerning the third bridge can only be done after Putrajaya approves the proposal.