Singapore yet to receive Johor proposal for third link

Singapore Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee. (Facebook pic)

SINGAPORE: Singapore will study carefully Malaysia’s proposals to have a third bridge linking Johor with Singapore via Pulau Ubin once it is on the table.

As for now, Singapore Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee wrote in his Facebook account late Friday evening, the island republic had yet to receive any official proposals from Malaysia.

“If we do receive it, the relevant agencies will certainly study it carefully,” he wrote.

Lee, who is also the second minister for national development, was at Pulau Ubin for a quarterly meeting with members of the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN).

Lee said he was asked about news reports that Johor was studying the possibility of the third link on the sidelines of the meeting.

“I explained that we have not received Malaysia’s proposals and do not have details of it,” he wrote.

Lee assured FUN’s members that the government would carry out a restoration study of kampung houses on Pulau Ubin and keep it “rustic and protect its heritage and biodiversity”.

Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian had, on Aug 30, said the state government planned to build the third link to ease traffic congestion at the Johor Causeway and second link crossing.

However, Osman said a proposal would first be sent to the federal government for due diligence.

The plan is to link Pengerang, Johor, and Pulau Ubin via a three-kilometre bridge and an undersea tunnel.