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Thursday, 10 August 2017

(The Star) MB says Sultan Ibrahim’s opinion on the RTS will be forwarded to the Federal Government

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government supports Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s views on the proposed design of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track, which will link Bukit Chagar here and Woodlands in Singapore.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government has taken note of Sultan Ibrahim’s opinions on the project and will forward them to the Federal Government.

“The details of the RTS are still being negotiated between the two countries and still open for discussion,” he told reporters after launching Aegis Limited’s business process management centre of excellence in Medini City.

It was reported that Sultan Ibrahim welcomed the project but did not agree with the overall curved design of the track, as well the plan to build a bridge as high as 30m above sea level in one section.

He said a bridge that high would affect the Johor skyline aside from being impractical, unfeasible and expensive.

Earlier, the Government announ­ced that Malaysia and Singapore were expected to sign a bilateral agreement for the RTS project in December, expecting the link to improve travel between the island republic and Johor.

On the launch by Aegis, Mo­­ha­­med Khaled said the global outsourcing and technology service company would help the state government achieve its target of creating 14,000 highly-skilled jobs and attracting RM6.5bil of investment by 2020.

He said Aegis alone would contribute some 700 jobs and RM200mil to RM300mil in investment to meet those targets.