Sep 13, 2006

Goh Chok Tong - Need To Build Other Bridges Linking S'pore-M,sia

OH, Now since Singapore said there is a need for another bridge, will our Pro-Singapore PM Badawi listen?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Need To Build Other Bridges Linking S'pore-M,sia, Says Goh

SINGAPORE, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The project to replace the Johor causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia, with a bridge may have been scrapped off but there could be other bridges that need to be built in the future, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said.

"In later years, there could be other bridges," Goh said in a Channel NewsAsia report.

"Maybe 20 to 30 years down the road, we should actually think of a bridge linking Singapore to Pulau Tekong, and to the east coast of Malaysia. Thirty years down the road, I think there will be some development along the east coast which will merit the construction of a bridge," he said.

Goh was commenting on a recent remark by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi about the state of relations between both countries.

Speaking to reporters in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, Abdullah said that relations between Malaysia and Singapore should not be affected by the recent decision to scrap the bridge project.

Goh believed that the future bridge could stimulate further growth along the east coast of Johor.

Goh also spoke of the need for both Singapore and Malaysia to find ways to integrate the two economies, saying both countries stand to gain benefits with such an arrangement.

"Certainly, I would encourage Prime Minister Abdullah to work with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is fairly new as a prime minister in Singapore, to look forward and not look back into the past.

"Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's time and my time, that's over. There are some issues outstanding but look forward into the future," he said in the report.

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