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Old August 5th, 2016, 07:08 PM   #1
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Straits of Johor

Recently, reclamations from the Johor side has inched nearer to the border line between Johor and Singapore.

It is rather ironic that if at all, Singapore is the one who is in more critical need to reclaim land from the sea. With the reclamation from Johor side making the straits narrower, should Singapore also adopt the same approach to reclamation more land in the northern coast? From Singapore's perspective, it will be beneficial to be able to reclaim more land from the northern coast as the sea is shallower and hence cheaper to reclaim.

If so, what would be the limit? Is there a regulatory limit or bilateral agreement on what is the minimum width the straits of Johor should be maintained?

Will there be a day where with further reclamations from both sides (Johor and Singapore), that certain stretch of the straits of Johor will just become a mere canal of just the size of Spore river?
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Old August 6th, 2016, 06:01 AM   #2
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If I'm not wrong, the Straits of Johor is actually shallower on the Malaysian side due to the silting from various rivers and natural waterways throughout. Therefore, it's slightly easier for them although the differences are slight.

Having said that, it doesn't make sense to reclaim land east of the Causeway because it only serves to sabotage our own marine-related industries (along Admiralty Road West and Sembawang Wharves) as well as industries on both sides. Furthermore, only Singapore's side of the Straits is navigable - container ships bound for Pasir Gudang port have to enter Singaporean waters between Pulau Tekong and Changi East, across Serangoon Harbour and to Pasir Gudang which hosts a lot of the manufacturing facilities of Singapore companies that moved offshore to take advantage of lower costs.

As for land west of the Causeway, this part is already very narrow and reclamation is not possible although I foresee Singapore eventually reclaiming mangrove and the generally waterlogged coastline into land that can be developed in the future for whatever purpose.

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Old August 18th, 2016, 06:54 PM   #3
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either way the future of development is going to be on the side of johor, singapore should focus their efforts on that side
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