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60-Km Bridge Across Melaka Strait Proposed
Updated : 18-04-2006


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.
 

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HASRAT untuk menghubungkan antara Melaka dan Sumatera melalui jalan darat memperlihatkan kemungkinan yang besar apabila kerajaan negeri akan mengemukakan cadangan kepada Kerajaan Pusat.

Ini akan membuka lembaran baru yang lebih menguntungkan kepada kedua-dua negara melalui pelbagai bidang di samping mengeratkan lagi hubungan serumpun.

Cuba bayangkan jumlah penduduk Sumatera yang kini mencecah 70 juta orang dan jika 10 peratus yang datang ke Melaka untuk melancong angka itu mencatat kepada 7 juta orang.

Sudah tentu sektor pelancongan di Melaka akan lebih berkembang maju terutama pelancongan kesihatan yang mana kemudahan yang ditawarkan di sini sememangnya menarik minat penduduk di Sumetera.

Sememangnya, Melaka menjadi tumpuan pelancong dari Indonesia terutama penduduk Sumatera kerana mereka berasa selesa apabila berada di negeri ini.

Mungkin sejarah boleh menceritakan bagaimana perjanjian antara Inggeris dan Belanda yang memisahkan penguasaan Melaka terhadap beberapa wilayah di Sumatera.

Jarak antara Melaka dengan Sumatera hanya 60 kilometer sahaja dan kos pembinaan jambatan itu pula sekitar RM1 biloin hingga Rm2 bilion berbeza dengan pembinaan Jambatan Indah yang menghubungkan antara Johor Bahru dengan Singapura.

Dan jika dikira jumlah penduduk Singapura hanya empat juta orang sahaja berbanding penduduk Sumatera 70 juta orang yang jauh lebih besar jumlahnya.

Banyak manfaat yang boleh dperolehi daripada pembinaan jambatan itu bukan sahaja kepada Melaka malah kepada Malaysia juga dan tidak kurangnya pula kepada Indonesia.

Mungkin apabila terbinanya jambatan itu nanti barulah kita mengetahui kesan yang dihasilkan dari kewujudannya kerana sekarang ini mungkin kita beranggapan ianya tidak menguntungkan.

MHI
 

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^^ yup.. :no: i rather them spend the money on a better ferry system that travels to all the ports in the straits city or island than 'Bridges'..
 

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Why would they want to build a 60 km bridge across the world's busiest strait...who knows during hazy days ships cant even see the bridge and a disaster is waiting to happen...
 

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What a stupid idea... why not build a bridge linking Johor to Sarawak or Sabah to Kota Bahru...? :p
 

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Wonder how some ppl could be so silly. Stupid comments coming from people befitting their status. I almost choked myself silly when I read that. :)
 

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Stop this craziness!

I don't get these crazy wackos now all obssessed with building a bridge for no f***ing purpose. Trying to proof what?

Why don't we just build a bridge from johor and penang to the moon?
 

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Magician said:
What a stupid idea... why not build a bridge linking Johor to Sarawak or Sabah to Kota Bahru...? :p
OK...i know i am more becoming one of the supporter of grandiose projects...but maybe in the future a tunnel could be built linking West and East Malaysia...kinda like EuroTunnel in Europe
 

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Money would be better spent to upgrade some bridges in Malaysian small towns and rural areas. Even if Dumai is a part of Malaysia, it'll be quite risky and I think it will actually cost way more than 1 billion.
 

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YiHao said:
a 60km bridge? better they use the money to built another North-South Highway!
The Trans Borneo Highway linking Kuching and Kota Kinabalu! :)
 

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Magician said:
What a stupid idea... why not build a bridge linking Johor to Sarawak or Sabah to Kota Bahru...? :p
ha ha...that's what i was saying when i was reading the article LOL
 
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