Wednesday, 28 June 2017

(The Star) Liow: Malaysia and Singapore looking into possibilities for RTS project

JOHOR BARU: Singapore and Malaysia are still in discussions on possibilities for an open tender for the development of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) connecting Johor Baru and the island republic.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai also confirmed that both governments have agreed that RTS would link Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru and the Thomson line there.

“Both governments are working together on the details for the new system and we are coming up with a schedule to keep up with the progress of the project.

“The discussions with our counterparts have been very positive and as for the exact timeframe for the project, we are still in negotiations,” he said after launching the Pasir Gudang MCA annual general meeting here.

Liow (seventh from left) presenting a mock cheque for RM100,000 to a representative from SJK (C) Pei Hwa 2 during the Pasir Gudang MCA AGM at Cathay Restaurant in Taman Molek, Johor Baru.

He noted that RTS was one of the way forward to help ease congestion on the Causeway, as many travel to and from the two countries daily.

In his speech, Liow also said Malaysians had a discussion with Singapore to increase the number of trips for the Shuttle Tebrau which ferries passengers between JB Sentral and the Woodlands checkpoint.

“However, the republic turned down the suggestion, citing lack of manpower as the main reason,” he said, adding that currently the service offers 27 trips daily.