Higher chance for RTS link to Kempas23 May 2011, By The Star
There are higher chances of linking the Rapid Transit System (RTS) in Johor Baru to the main station in Kempas as land are available there said Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
He added that the RTS that would begin or end in Johor Baru would link up with the main station either in JB Sentral or Kempas.
However, it the JB Sentral is unlikely to house the RTS as there is no space for the purpose he said.
Abdul Ghani commented on this at a briefing on the Iskandar Malaysia progress.
The event was organised by Danga Bay Sdn Bhd, the custodian of a privatisation contract awarded by the Johor government in early 2000 to develop 1,800 acres of waterfront land along Johor’s Lido Beach.
The RTS is a joint effort between Malaysia and Singapore under the Points of Agreement (POA) to improve accessibility between Johor and Singapore.
Other joint efforts under the POA was the joint venture between Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd to develop an iconic wellness township in Iskandar Malaysia.
Ghani said work on the wellness township project at a waterfront area in Danga Bay, Iskandar Malaysia, is likely to start this year.
Among others, the wellness township will offer medical services, holistic wellness services and facilities and alternative medical treatment.
Ghani said the POA referred to matters other than the agreement signed in 1990 on the development of KTM Bhd land in Singapore and the relocation of the railway station from Tanjung Pagar to Woodlands by July this year.
On the proposed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) link between Singapore and Johor, Ghani said the Thomson Line in Singapore, which is likely to complete in 2018, would have a station facing Johor.
“Therefore, the link is RTS Johor and Singapore that interfaces with MRT in the island.
“At the moment, we have to implement the double tracking from Gemas to Johor Baharu. The Transport Ministry has issued letters for squatters to be relocated,” he said.
Ghani said the possible development in the future is how to enhance communications between Malaysia and Singapore due to huge movement of people.
He said that 60,000 to 70,000 people are moving into Singapore, therefore it was crucial to have a good RTS under the POA to link and connect the two countries.
On another matter, Ghani said projects on the ground are now being implemented or completed and even new proposed projects would still proceed despite what happened in the Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB).
The IIB board on April 4 lodged a police report against its former senior managers after a probe revealed fiduciary lapses.