60-Km Bridge Across Melaka Strait Proposed
MELAKA, April 18 (Bernama) -- The Melaka government Tuesday suggested the construction of a 60-km bridge linking Melaka to Dumai in Sumatra, Indonesia following the cancellation of the scenic bridge that links with Singapore.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the project was estimated to cost between RM1 billion and RM2 billion.
It would have greater economic potential because the Sumatra population had reached 70 million compared to Singapore with only four million, he told reporters here.
Earlier, he attended a briefing and had a dialogue with Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at Seri Negeri.
Mohd Ali said the Melaka-Dumai bridge had been pondered over when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister.
"It was mulled in 1995 or 1996 but died down because of the financial crisis hitting hard both countries in 1997," he said.
He said the the project could be undertaken by the governments or the private sector.
Mohd Ali said he had conveyed the proposal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last Saturday when attending the Negeri Sembilan and Johor Umno Divisions Leadership Course at a civics camp in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.
"I believe the bridge can boost the tourism and trade sectors between the two countries," he said.
The scenic bridge to replace the Johor Causeway was called off by the Prime Minister for the best interest of the nation.