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Old August 18th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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Malacca (Malaysia) - Dumai (Indonesia) Bridge‎

Melaka-Sumatera Bridge Awaits Approval
August 18, 2009 22:23 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- A project to build a bridge linking Melaka and Sumatera will proceed when approvals are given by the Malaysian and Indonesian governments, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

The 52km bridge costing nearly US$12.5 billion (US$1 = RM3.54) will link Teluk Gong in Melaka to Dumai, Sumatera.

Mohd Ali said the project would take nine years to complete.

The chief minister however, hoped the two governments would soon give the approval to build the bridge.

He was speaking to reporters at the Straits of Malacca Bridge Project seminar organised by Strait of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd here today.

The aim of the seminar was to explain to Malaysian and Indonesian representatives, the architectural design, engineering and financial assistance required to build the bridge.

Mohd Ali told the representatives that if the bridge was built, it could benefit the economic sector of the two countries because transportation would be faster, as compared to shipping or ferrying, and reduce the influx of illegal Indonesians into the country.

The idea to build the bridge linking Melaka and Sumatera came from former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but it was shelved due to the economic crisis in Asia in 1997-1998.
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US$12.5b link proposed
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2009/08/19
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Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd (SOMP) has proposed to build a US$12.5 billion (RM44.3 billion) bridge connecting Malaysia and Indonesia, a project that was mooted 14 years ago.

The bridge, which will be almost four times the length of the Penang Bridge, will cross the Straits of Malacca at the narrowest point between Malacca and Dumai, Sumatra in Indonesia.

SOMP chairman Tan Sri Ibrahim Zain (picture) said the company has submitted the proposal, both to the Malaysian and Indonesian governments for approval.

"We hope to secure the approval from the two governments by the end of this year or early 2010.

"We need to start the project as soon as possible so that we would not pay higher construction materials cost," he told reporters after a special seminar on the 48.69km-long bridge in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Ibrahim said 15 per cent of the funding for the project will come internally while the rest from bank borrowings.

China's Exim Bank plans to support the bridge project.

"Under the bank's policy, we can provide funding up to 85 per cent for such infrastructure projects," Exim Bank of China general manager Tang Yinlian said.

A Chinese firm, Hunan Provincial Communications Planning, Survey and Design Institute (HNCDI), is also involved in the project.

"Exim Bank of China sees the proposed Straits of Malacca bridge as one the biggest in the world and is a far-reaching programme for Malaysia and Indonesia as well as other countries in Southeast Asia," she said.

SOMP has also proposed a joint committee at the government level for both countries to oversee security issues such as immigration and customs.

Managing director Datuk Lim Sue Beng said apart from the bridge, HNCDI also proposed the construction of an underground tunnel that crosses the Straits of Malacca.

Ibrahim and Lim are the major shareholders of SOMP.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who attended the seminar, said the proposed bridge will be the longest man-made link between two countries.

"We know that besides government approvals, there are other issues such as land acquisition to be dealt with but that should not be a problem.

"The bridge is a viable and profitable project, and expected to boost the economies of both countries," he said.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak is supportive of the project, first mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1995.

It was shelved due to the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

The bridge project was brought up during the Ninth Malay World Islamic Convention in Malacca in January this year.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #3
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CM: Bridge over strait good for trade and tourism
Wednesday August 19, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed Straits of Malacca Bridge between Malacca and Riau in Sumatra will open up economic opportunities between Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Malacca has a population of 800,000 and has 40,000 vehicles including buses and lorries entering the state daily. We also received 7.2 million tourists last year,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

“In Sumatra, where the bridge is linked through Dumai, there are 70 million people and 10% are rich. They have money and come to Malacca for health tourism.

“They are eager to come to Malaysia and Thailand for their holidays,” he said in his speech after attending a seminar organised by the project’s developer, Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd.

“I believe it will boost tourism. And the Indonesian economy is growing,” he added.

Asked about the likely starting date, Mohd Ali said the developer was still waiting for an official answer from both governments.

Straits of Malacca Partners chairman Tan Sri Ibrahim Zain told reporters that a formal request had been sent to the Federal Government a month ago.

“The groundwork for the project started three years ago,” he said.

He said studies showed that the project’s two main design schemes – bridge plan and a bridge-tunnel plan – were technically feasible.

He said the cost was now estimated at US$12.5bil (RM44bil).

He said that the Export-Import Bank of China was willing to fund 85% of the total cost.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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A Bridge from Melaka to Dumai, Indonesia in the future?
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It will be nice that we can drive across the Malacca Straits in our own car to Sumatra, Indonesia. We can have a relaxing weekend in Indonesia while Indonesians can travel over for their medical check-ups in Melaka.

From the engineering & civil construction of point of view, the bridge can be built as there are many high span bridges built around the world eg. in Japan, China and other countries. The only constraints will be the financial burden and political consideration between Malaysia and Indonesia. Being a mega project, a lot of details have to be worked out before construction can start. No point having an uncompleted bridge hanging over the Straits of Malacca if the works grind to a halt.

It is certainly an idea worth exploring for the future of Malaysia and Indonesia in fostering neighbourly ties and the coming together of the ASEAN countries into one trade grouping in the future.

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Feasibility study first for bridge to Sumatra

MALACCA: The government will conduct a feasibility study on the suggested 52km bridge linking Malacca to Dumai in Sumatra, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.
He said the study would determine the viability of the bridge, taking into consideration the cost, expected revenue and present economic situation."It may become a reality in the near future. But for now, I think the ferry service is sufficient.

"The Malacca government had earlier suggested the construction of the bridge which was estimated to cost US$11 billion (RM38 billion).Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam had said that the bridge would have great economic potential, considering the population in Sumatra had reached 70 million compared with Singapore with only four million.

He said the idea of the bridge had been raised in 1995, but was put on hold a few years later due to the financial crisis then affecting both countries."There are numerous factors to consider before we can embark on such a huge project. We will decide after a feasibility study is done." Najib was speaking at the opening of the Ninth Malay and Islamic World (DMDI) Convention here yesterday.

In his speech, he urged Malays in the region not to forget their roots and play their part in helping the community grow stronger and more united in facing challenges."Despite the changes around us, we must never forget our roots and should take all relevant steps to foster greater unity, understanding and cooperation among each other." In urging the community to master as many languages as possible, Najib reminded them not to neglect the use of their mother tongue, Bahasa Malaysia.

He also called on the Malays to reject all forms of extremism and the use of militant force to achieve political goals.Later, Najib launched the DMDI Finance House, which he said would begin with an initial investment of RM10 million and an authorised capital of RM1 billion.Ali, who is also DMDI president, said he hoped that if the bridge project was approved, it would be financed by the private sector."

I hope the idea will become a reality because the Malacca-Dumai bridge can not only boost economic development, but also strengthen ties between both countries."

He said the number of tourist arrivals from Indonesia had increased from 1.2 million in 2006 to 1.8 million last year.The number of Indonesian tourists who visited the Unesco World Heritage site here increased from 105,986 in 2006 to 128,057 last year, he added
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Massive bridge plan raises some questions
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2009/08/20

Although a bridge connecting Malaysia and Indonesia may have its merits, it may still need the government's help due to its US$12.5 billion (RM44 billion) cost, an economist said.

Furthermore, it may not have the desired economic spillover effect as China's Exim Bank, which plans to fund the project, may insist on a Chinese firm as the main contractor, an industry observer said.

RAM Holdings Bhd chief economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng thinks the project economics will not be favourable without massive government financial help.

"Both governments would then have to compare the cost and benefit for other development initiatives foregone if funds were to be allocated for this project," he told Business Times.

Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd (SOMP) plans to build a 48.96km bridge across the Straits of Malacca, linking Teluk Gong in Malacca and Dumai in Sumatra, Indonesia.

China's Exim Bank plans to fund 85 per cent of the project, while SOMP will have to raise another US$1.9 billion (RM6.7 billion).

"The bridge project is a massive and costly one, similar in ambition to the Eurotunnel linking England and continental Europe.

"It is noted that the cost of the Eurotunnel ballooned to about US$23 billion from the original estimate of US$2.5 billion," Yeah said.

SOMP said that two financial studies had been done, with both showing a reasonable degree of success based on three main variables.

They are the total cost of around US$12.5 billion, traffic per day of 15,000 vehicles and toll charges per vehicle of US$75-US$85 (RM266 to RM301) based on the current ferry fare of RM100 per person each way.

"As such, there are savings if they use the bridge on a per person basis whereby if would cost motorists RM280 per vehicle when using the bridge against the current ferry cost of RM300 for three persons," SOMP said in a statement.

However, it did not indicate which party had undertaken the studies and the basis for its traffic projection.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:38 PM   #7
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Need for more studies on proposed Malacca Strait bridge
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2009/09/03

AT LEAST three more studies need to be undertaken on the proposed US$12.5 billion (RM44.25 billion) bridge over the Straits of Malacca, before the project can take off, said the project's promoter Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd (SOMP).

"Since the nature of this project is much longer, several periodic re-assessment must be made," he said in reply to Business Times' SOMP chairman Tan Sri Ibrahim Zain said in an e-mail response to Business Times.

Prior to the submission of the proposal to the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, Ibrahim said two studies had been carried out by international consultants.

"The traffic consultants appointed by Chinese Hunan Provincial Communications, Planning, Survey and Design Institute (HNCDI) did the first study. And we appointed an Acturial Consultant from Holland for the second study," he said.

Ibrahim said factors like inflation, volatility of cost of materials, foreign exchanges and regulatory developments may affect the toll structure of the proposed bridge.

In a special seminar to discuss the proposed bridge held in Kuala Lumpur last week, SOMP said two financial studies have been conducted and both have shown reasonable degree of success provided by three variables.

These three variables, total cost will be around US$12.5 billion (RM44.25 billion); traffic per day per vehicle is about 15,000; and toll charges per vehicle at US$75 (RM265.50) or US$85 (RM300.90) based on the current fare by ferry charges of RM100 per person for one way.

"In this regard, there is a saving if they use the bridge on per person basis whereby it would cost motorists RM280 per vehicle when using the bridge against the current ferry costs of RM300 for three persons," the company had said.

On whether the China Exim Bank's loan comes with strings attached, he claimed that it would not.

Last week, Exim Bank said it can provide funding of up to 85 per cent for such a mega project. However, it did not disclose whether the fund can be disbursed with participation from Chinese companies or organisations in the project. Exim Bank approved the loans requested from HNCDI, which serves as design consultant for the bridge project.

For the remaining 15 per cent funding, Ibrahim said SOMP will raise funds through additional equity participation from selected groups, bank loans and maybe some financial exercise through the equity market.

Meanwhile, an analyst said that he is not optimistic on the proposed bridge over the Straits of Malacca.

For the bridge to work, the analyst said, it must have a under bridge clearance of at least 50 metres.

"The Penang bridge currently has a clearance of 33 metres. For such a clearance, the bridge may have to start outside of Malacca," the analyst said.

With more air links being developed by turboprop planes such as Firefly, the analyst said this already allows affluent Sumatrans to come over to Malaysia.

"Thus, I am not sure about the bridge catering to more mass market in Sumatra. The construction will also be difficult as you cannot simply shut off large portions of the Straits of Malacca, given the high volume," the analyst said.
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How they build over the sea.........very amazing.
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Malacca - Dumai Bridge Project

Introduction

As Southeast Asia embarks on a period of unprecedented economic growth, social progress and cultural development, key infrastructure projects will play an important role in the success of the region. From superhighways and bridges to express rail links and development regions the most dynamic projects will connect people, countries and regions.

Designed to be the world’s longest link at 127.93 km the privately funded Strait of Malacca Crossing (SOMX) will connect peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra across the world’s busiest strait. An ambitious project that will fuel the growth of Southeast Asia and have a lasting global impact, the crossing will provide increased political security and ignite social change across the region

Malaysia

As Malaysia steadily moves towards its goal of achieving developed nation status by the year 2020 it has already come a long way. Capitalising on the hopes and dreams of it’s population, Malaysia has been able to transform its economy from an agriculture and mining base to a competitive high-tech economy, where services and manufacturing now account for 80% of its GDP. Malaysia’s rich natural resources have made it a major exporter of oil, gas, rubber and palm oil; while its position as a leader in Islamic banking has allowed it to become an attractive destination for both trade and investment. Peace and stability are cornerstones of this diverse Southeast Asian nation that is quickly becoming a regional powerhouse.


Indonesia


With over 234 million consumers, Indonesia represents Southeast Asia’s largest potential market. Now fully recovered from the 1998 Asian Financial crisis, Indonesia’s GDP has surpassed $1.1 trillion US dollars with Foreign Direct Investment increasing at 17% in early 2007. Indonesia has recently embarked on a major infrastructure improvement program that will fuel social progress and allow it to capture its tremendous amount of natural resources. As Southeast Asia’s most populous country Indonesia is a rising industrial giant.

The Benefits


POLITICAL:

The creation of a crossing between the Malaysian peninsula and the Indonesian archipelago will dramatically change the political atmosphere between bordering nations, with Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand undoubtedly seeing an increase in cooperation and civility in matters of governance and security. The cost of combating piracy and maintaining safety along the Strait of Malacca has always been taxing on bordering nations. The Strait of Malacca Crossing will encourage cooperation against piracy and will allow for better monitoring of traffic through the strait. Increased investment at crossing points and along the coastline will lead to greater domestic political stability for bordering nations. As a link between ASEAN nations, the Strait of Malacca Crossing will help kindle an ASEAN spirit that will further unify the region and gear it towards development and progress

SOCIAL:

In a region that is tied together by thousands of years of history the Strait of Malacca Crossing will bring about a fusion of cultures. Malaysians and Indonesians will come together to exchange information, technology, arts and culture, bringing social progress to both nations. The link between nations will result in a blossoming of industry across the strait where labour specialization will allow for growth on both sides, while reducing the strains of migration. New communities will flourish as workers flock to rapidly expanding neighboring cities that are experiencing an increase in commerce and industry. As the crossing is completed and greater responsibility is taken on by bordering nations, environmental issues surrounding the strait will be addressed. The Strait of Malacca Crossing will realise the dreams of generations and connect two of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic nations.


ECONOMIC:

The economic importance of the Strait of Malacca as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes has long been recognized. However, a link between Malaysia and Indonesia across the strait unlocks even greater potential. The Indonesian island of Sumatra rich in natural resources will be connected to the Asian continent; opening up to new markets and gaining direct access to the giant Chinese economy. Peninsular Malaysia with its increasingly service based industry will benefit from an increase in tourism, cross border trade, transport development, and educational investment. As development takes place on both sides of the crossing, dangerous migration across the straits will disappear and both sides will benefit. Singapore, Thailand, China and the region as a whole will benefit from an increase in trade and commerce as the fertile Indonesian archipelago is connected to the Asian continent.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:

The Strait of Malacca Crossing is a regional project with global impact. As a privately funded initiative (PFI) the project will fuel the growth of developing nations without placing an unnecessary burden on governments. The crossing will create an international hub of trade and commerce, connecting peoples and economies while accelerating growth throughout the region. Bridging one of the world’s busiest straits, the crossing will provide increased security and stability in an area critical to global commerce.


Geological Evaluation


The crossing will be located in the narrowest channel of the Strait of Malacca from the northeast coast adjacent to Malacca in Malaysia to the southwest coast of Pulau Rupat in Sumatra, Indonesia. The terrain near the coast of Malacca is mostly plain with flat topography, beaches and developed ground water systems. On the Indonesian side Barisan mountains lie in the west, while low terrains and wetlands are located to the north near Dumai.

The project site is located entirely on the Eurasian plate and there are no known faults nearby. The buried base of rocks underneath the proposed site lie deeply underground on the Sumatra side but have good physical and mechanical properties and will provide sufficient support for a structural foundation. Though there is an unfavorable seismic zone about 100 km away from the project site there has been no record of a strong earthquake, intense plate motion, or fracture in the last ten thousand years. With new technology and sufficient care an earthquake resistant structure will stand for generations.



Design

Brigde Concept





The design objectives for the bridge include for the crossing to be perfectly functional, economical in construction and graceful in appearance. Since this is a sea bridge project over the strait, people will be able to enjoy both the magnificent bridge from different angles and the beautiful scenery of the sea, island and coastline. The deepwater navigable span of the all bridge concept is located 12 km off Pulau Rupat in Indonesia where the depth of the water is 50~60m, and giant oil tankers with a capacity of more than 300,000 tons can transit the channel. The downstream and upstream waterways are the busiest navigation areas in the Strait of Malacca, with a width of 4.3 km and a distance of about 1.6 km. To satisfy the requirements for navigation and landscape, a suspension bridge and cable-stayed bridge are the most appropriate candidates for the general navigation of the channel.

Tunnel Concept





Bridges crossing upstream and downstream waterways will be constructed off the coast of Malaysia, and an artificial island will be constructed between the deepwater navigation channel and general shipping lanes. From the artificial island an immersed tube will pass below the area of Pulau Rupat in Indonesia. The tunnel concept will allow for a deepwater channel depth of 55m with no height limitation on vessels passing through the deepwater channel.
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Rehashing plan for 49km bridge to Sumatra


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — A 14-year-old plan to build a US$12.5 billion (RM43.8 billion), 49km bridge between Malacca and Sumatra has been dusted off and resubmitted to both governments by a private Malaysian firm for approval. But now, as it was then, its feasibility remains in doubt.

Yesterday, businessman Ibrahim Zain was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying that his private Straits of Malacca Partners had submitted its proposals to both capitals and hoped to start work “by the end of the year or early 2010”.

He said that the project would cost US$12.5 billion and was based on traffic projections of at least 15,000 vehicles a day. He also said that toll charges would be around US$75-US$85 per vehicle based on current ferry charges of RM100 per person one way.

According to Ibrahim, funding was also no problem with his firm generating 15 per cent (RM6.64 billion) and an official from China's Exim Bank being quoted as saying that his bank could provide “up to 85 per cent funding for such infrastructure projects”.

The plan seems to suggest a return to the Think Big credo that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested should be the operational philosophy of Malaysia's business community. During the go-go 1990s, all sorts of grandiose projects — including, memorably, a planned city-on-a-river — suggested by the private sector were endorsed by him.

In any case, the plan does reinforce a suggestion in 1995 by Dr Mahathir to build a similar bridge to enhance greater connectivity between Malaysia and the region's largest economy.

At the time, the plan was embraced with enthusiasm by the Renong conglomerate, then no stranger to grandiose projects, which came up with a feasibility study. But the project ran up against the Asian financial crisis and nothing was heard about it again.

The project presupposes that Malaysian businessmen would use the facility and invest in Sumatra in a big way, thus creating enough jobs there to stem the influx of Indonesian immigrants to Malaysia looking for work. It also is based on a belief that trade and tourism between Malacca and Sumatra would boom — at least 7 per cent of Sumatra's 70 million people are middle class.

But some maritime analysts argue that the Straits of Malacca is one of the world's busiest waterways and building a bridge across it could be a hazard looking ahead. Last year, shipping volume grew at 7 per cent and that's been a continuous process.

Indeed, a recent study by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia estimated that the waterway would be at near-peak capacity by 2024. “Given that the bridge would be spanning 48 kilometres, its pylons could pose a danger to ships especially in stormy weather,” one analyst told BT.

It also isn't clear if permission for such a bridge would be needed from the waterway's users epitomised by the International Maritime Organisation. It also isn't clear if Singapore's wishes must be heeded. Maritime law stipulates that the permission from littoral states must be obtained, but some maritime analysts argue that Singapore's littoral status is confined to the Singapore straits and not the Malacca straits. — The Straits Times
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MIMA: Study impact from proposed bridge
Published: 2009/10/05
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

THE recent announcement by a group called the Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd to build a RM44 billion bridge linking Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra has set the maritime community abuzz.

Touted to be the biggest infrastructure project ever in Malaysia, the 50-kilometre bridge between Melaka and Dumai is envisioned to enhance socio-economic ties between the two areas.

The big scope of the project warrants close inspection from a maritime perspective, according to the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA).

The proposed bridge will arch above the Straits of Malacca, a key passageway that facilitates a significant volume of global maritime trade, said MIMA.

"It is certain that the bridge would generate significant impact on the environment and activities in the surrounding area," it said in a commentary by Dr Ibrahim Mohamed, Mohd Nizam Basiron, Nazery Khalid and Capt Rakish Suppiah.

According to MIMA, construction of the bridge will hamper the safe movement of ships in the Straits of Malacca.

Traffic flow in the Straits, one of the world's busiest sealanes, will be adversely affected, it said.

"The dense Straits is not only used by merchant ships and huge tankers traversing its length but also a big number of cross-traffic barter vessels and fishing boats," the institute said.

"It is expected that the presence of the bridge would present an obstacle for the smooth flow of shipping traffic in the narrow waterway," it said.

MIMA said the presence of the bridge is likely to generate significant impact to maritime trade, ports, shipping traffic and infrastructure developments in and along the busy waterway.

"A project of this magnitude would surely alter the landscape of maritime trade in the surrounding areas and would reshape the dynamics of the economy in the area, including shipping, port operations and other related activities," it said.

MIMA called for a thorough and comprehensive study of the potential cost-benefit, legal, environmental, strategic and socio-economic impact of the project to be conducted before any decision is made.

"Until then, the proposed bridge across the Straits of Malacca will remain a bridge too far," it said.
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Malacca assembly rejects motion to scrap bridge to Sumatra
Published: Thursday November 12, 2009 MYT 5:42:00 PM
By MARTIN CARVALHO
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MALACCA: The State Legislative Assembly here rejected a motion moved by the Opposition to cancel the proposed RM44bil Malacca-Sumatra bridge mega-project.

Khoo Phoay Tiong (DAP-Ayer Keroh), who moved the motion, said building such a bridge would be impractical and could end up becoming a white elephant and a huge financial burden on future generations.

“Although it is said to be a private venture, the state would eventually be burdened with the cost because it endorsed it,” he said, adding that such money could be better used to upgrade the state’s ferry terminal and airport.

Tey Kok Kiew (DAP-Bandar Hilir) questioned the accuracy of the forecasted economic benefits that would follow the bridge’s construction.

He argued that the estimates of 15,000 vehicles using the bridge daily and paying toll charges ranging from RM266 to RM301 was inaccurate.

He also questioned the safety aspects of the bridge and the possible dangers considering its location some 100km from the earthquake zone in Indonesia.

Later in his reply, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the project would be a private initiative between China’s Axim Bank and local consortium Malacca Straits Development.

“The bank has agreed to finance up to 85% of the construction of the US$13bil (RM44.2bil) bridge with the local company having to bear the remaining 15% of the cost,” he said, adding that the idea for a bridge between Malaysia and Indonesia was mooted by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the bridge would not only spur economic growth between the two countries but also strengthen relations.

He added that the use of modern technology has made construction of large bridges common around the world despite challenges posed by natural threats.

“It is the nature of the DAP to oppose everything. I remember Lim Kit Siang opposing the construction of the Penang Bridge when the Government wanted to build it.

“However, today he is asking his son (Penang Chief Minister Lim) Guan Eng to build a second bridge,” he quipped, drawing laughter from Barisan Nasional backbenchers.

Speaker Datuk Wira Othman Mohamad later rejected calls by Opposition assemblymen to discuss the motion further with a majority of the House voting.

Meanwhile, during a break in proceedings, Mohd Ali confirmed the state had officially notified the Economic Planning Unit of the proposed project and progress between the two parties involved.

The proposed bridge, spanning some 37km, would link Malacca’s Telok Gong in Alor Gajah to Sumatra’s Pulau Rupat, Dumai and Pekan Baru.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 05:53 PM   #15
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Malacca Strait is congested enough, underground will be better but costly. bridge above see limited access of ship passing this strait.

so not a good idea.
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Nah, not gonna happen tis bridge....at least the majority of Malaysians do not want it...
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RM39.52bil bridge will be funded by local investors, says CM
Wednesday March 16, 2011
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Viable project:
Mohd Ali at the Bernama-Antara Summit in Malacca recently.

MALACCA: The proposed bridge from Malacca to Dumai in Sumatra, Indonesia, should be pursued as it would make a positive impact on the economic and social ties between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the 35km bridge, estimated to cost RM39.52bil, was feasible as the funding would come through a private finance initiative.

“As local investors are willing to fund the project, it will not involve government funding.

“And I think this project is viable and profitable in the long run for both countries,” he said after opening the Bernama-Antara Summit 2011 here.

Mohd Ali said the project was bogged down by negative perceptions but the benefits would allay any misconception.

“The bridge project is still pending as negotiations with the Indonesian government are still on-going. The prime minister will be briefed on the matter soon.

“If we take into account the Sumatra’s population of 70 million and the country’s population of 28 million, at the rate of 10% of the population using the bridge, a total of 10 million people would commute between the two countries,” he added.

Mohd Ali said proposal to build the bridge received support from the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and the Malay World Islamic World (DMDI).

He said Bernama and Antara could play a role in the bridge issue by publicising the positive impact of the bridge to woo Indonesian investors to invest in the Melaka’s tourism sector.

Malacca is keen to have Indonesian investors set up hotel chains, theme parks and shopping complexes in the state, he added.

He called on senior officials from Bernama and Antara to join the DMDI economic forum in October for the benefit of both countries.

Bernama general manager Datuk Hasnul Hassan, Antara Supervisory Board chairman Hendry Subiakto and Antara chief executive officer Ahmad Mukhlis Yusoff were present.

About 70 journalists and media practitioners discussed and put up ideas on broadcasting and journalism at the three-day summit meeting entitled ‘Connecting the Strait of Malacca’. – Bernama.
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video rasmi PROJEK JAMBATAN WARISAN ~ JAMBATAN TERPANJANG DUNIA antara Malaysia dan Indonesia

Jambatan 129.93km dari Alor Gajah (Melaka) ke Dumai (Riau)


nama penuh dan alamat syarikat yang dipertanggungjawabkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia untuk projek ini.

Strait of Malacca Partners Sdn. Bhd.,
Plaza 138, Unit 16-06,
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Phone: 603-21627270
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Email: somx@teamacc.com
website rasmi : http://straitofmalaccacrossing.com

wakil kerajaan negara China, pelabur besar dalam projek ini yang akan memberi pinjaman dana sebanyak 85% kepada projek ini serta memberi sumbangan teknologi pembinaan jambatan terpanjang dunia ini akan melawat tapak projek di Malaysia dan Indonesia pada 27-30 April 2011

kenyataan rasmi dari kerajaan negara China
...
"At the invitation of Prime Minister Dato's Sri Mohd. Najib of Malaysia and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council will pay official visits to the two countries from April 27 to 30."

sumber : http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx/t816858.htm
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Okay forgive me for asking a dumb question: but let's say that this bridge gets built in the end....how are the ships using the Malacca Straits to get to Singapore port going to reach there?
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