The ‘Crooked Bridge’ Project…

The crooked bridge project was originally a six-lane bridge meant to replace the Johor Causeway.

However, as Singapore did not agree to the project, it was modified to incorporate a sharp curve on the Malaysian side, which would allow vessels to pass underneath – thus earning it the ‘crooked’ moniker.

The bridge would then join up with the undemolished portion of the Johor Causeway on the Singapore side.

The project was greenlit in 2003 during Mahathir’s first tenure as prime minister before being cancelled by the Abdullah administration.

17 October 2018




The headline that includes “JOHORE PRINCE MOCKS…” is misleading, perhaps calculated to catch our attention but terribly wrong. There is NO mockery to be read into the tweet..

JOHOR BARU: The government should consider improving healthcare in the country, including pushing ahead with the postponed public hospital in Pasir Gudang, instead of reviving the “crooked” bridge, says Johor’s Crown Prince.

In a tweet, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said that in his opinion, it was better to go ahead with the hospital in Pasir Gudang which the government had postponed.

“Increase healthcare budget for the state. All hospitals in JB, including districts, needed more beds and medical equipment. Just my humble opinion,” he tweeted.

The proposed 300-bed hospital, which is expected to cost RM500mil, was approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan, with a 20.23ha plot of land in Jalan Gunung in the Bandar Seri Alam township identified as the site.

However, it was among several projects the government is reviewing as a way to reduce the country’s high debt.

Johor Works, Infrastructures and Transport executive councillor Mazlan Bujang said the Finance Ministry issued letters asking for these projects to be reviewed due to the alarming debt of RM1 trillion.

The hospital project was a highly controversial one during GE14 as it was one of the issues raised by Pakatan Harapan, then the opposition coalition.

SINGAPORE (Oct 17): Malaysia and Singapore construction stocks may move after a media report that Johor state government will hold a meeting with Singapore officials later this month to discuss reviving the “crooked bridge” project linking the two nations.

* Singapore’s construction-related companies include: Yongnam Holdings, Wee Hur, Lum Chang, Pan-United, Koh Brothers

* Malaysia stocks that could move: IJM, Malaysian Resources, George Kent Malaysia, YTL Corp., Gamuda, Protasco, Muhibbah Engineering

16 October 2018


Putrajaya may revive Johor ‘crooked bridge’ project, Johor MB says

October 16, 2018 17:13 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 16): The government is mulling to revive the Johor ‘crooked bridge’ project, which was mooted by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir before his first retirement as the country’s premier in 2003.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament’s lobby today, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said a meeting was held between the State government and Dr Mahathir last month, when the 93-year-old leader indicated there is “no problem” in building the Crooked Bridge, and the third bridge linking Johor and Singapore.

“We try to build third bridge, yes (state government has communicated this to Federal level), during meeting with PM last month; he [PM] agreed; maybe the crooked bridge also he is going to continue,” Osman said.

“This is what Tun wants, Crooked Bridge will only reach half of the Causeway Link; we won’t touch the Singapore part, so that the water can flow there, and ships can sail through Tebrau Straits, the water will be cleaner, it will help beautify Johor Bahru.

“So in the meeting last month, he asked me whether Johor needs the Crooked Bridge or not; I said it is up to you, because that was your idea before. The bridge has its benefits, but maybe the past PM didn’t feel comfortable to continue a project started by Tun M. So he said if we wants to do it, no problem, because it doesn’t involve demolishing Singapore parts of the bridge, only on our side,” Osman said.

“We want to build the third bridge as well, yes [the state government has communicated this to Federal level] during the meeting with PM last month, he agreed,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had in 2003 planned to build the Crooked Bridge, which involved a six-lane S-shaped highway that allows vessels to pass under it since Singapore refused to demolish its half of the Causeway Link between the two countries.

14 May 2018

Excerpts from:

The man who once called Singaporeans a “selfish lot” has returned.

Nearly 15 years after he stepped down, Mahathir Mohamad is at the age of 92 again in charge in Malaysia, having pulled off a stunning election upset. But has he changed from the leader who defied the world by pegging his country’s currency in the late 1990s, tussled with the International Monetary Fund and was prone to public attacks on everyone from currency traders to Jews?

That question is particularly pertinent for neighboring Singapore, which had a fractious relationship with Mahathir during his stint in power from 1981 to 2003. The bluntly-spoken Mahathir famously sparred with then-Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew to the point of accusing him of going “through the formalities” of being democratic.

‘Crooked Bridge’

Mahathir’s pick for finance minister, Lim Guan Eng, said at a weekend briefing the government wanted to review all contracts “that are not in favor or do not benefit Malaysia.”

Lim Guan Eng

Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

On the flipside, it remains to be seen if Mahathir plans to resuscitate his prior efforts for a new bridge linking the countries.

In 2002, he proposed building a “half-bridge” to Singapore’s side of the causeway after failing to get Singapore to agree to a new bridge. The next year, he decided to proceed with the construction of the so-called “crooked bridge.” But his successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, scrapped the project in 2006 to avoid political and legal disputes between the nations.

“When the government decided not to build the bridge, I felt that we had lost our sovereignty,” Mahathir said in 2006. “When we have to ask Singapore for approval to do things on our side, we have therefore lost our independence.”

— With assistance by Livia Yap, Anuradha Raghu, Anisah Shukry, and Yudith Ho

Sultan Ibrahim grants consent for RTS bridge over Johor strait

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has consented to the construction of a 25-metre-high Rapid Transit System (RTS) bridge straight across the Strait of Johor.

The sultan gave the consent at an audience granted to Land Public Transport Commission CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah and several other senior officers at Istana Bukit Pelangi here on Wednesday.

The audience was granted for the submission of three options on the RTS alignment after taking into consideration the proposal Sultan Ibrahim made when SPAD officers had an audience with the ruler on Sept 19.

“The sultan granted consent for a 25-metre-high bridge straight across the Strait of Johor. The alignment adheres to the technical guidelines of the Marine Department of Malaysia that requires a minimum 25-metre air draft (clearance height from water to a vessel’s height),” SPAD said in a statement here today.

The commission said Sultan Ibrahim also emphasised the importance of ensuring traffic dispersal at the Bukit Chagar RTS station and that it would act on the matter.

The statement said SPAD wished to record its highest appreciation to the sultan for his support and consent for the RTS project.

8 August 2017


Johor Sultan expresses serious reservations over Rapid Transit System Link design and proposed bridge

MERSING/ISKANDAR PUTERI – The Sultan of Johor has expressed serious reservations about the proposed curve-shaped design of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Malaysia and Singapore, and a plan to build a bridge as high as 30m above water in the middle section.

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said while he welcomed the project, the curved design of the rail link between Woodlands in Singapore and Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru was impractical, unsustainable and potentially costly.

“Why do we have to have a curved design when we can have a more practical design that is straighter and closer to the Causeway?” he said in an exclusive interview with Malaysia’s New Straits Times (NST) Press Group.

“I am proposing that the design be aligned as such for practicality and it will cost less,” he said.

He also questioned the need for an elevated bridge, according to the report.

“Why do they need an elevated bridge with up to 30m air draft (clearance height from water to a vessel’s height) unless there are plans to remove the Causeway?” he said.
“The parties also have to consult me. Whatever (new plan) is presented to me, it will have to be logical, economical and sustainable for the benefit of not only Johoreans but all Malaysians and Singaporeans,” he was quoted as saying.

He proposed a design that he said could be the same height as the Causeway or slightly elevated.

Sultan Ibrahim also questioned the need for Malaysia and Singapore to have separate contractors to build portions of the rail link in their respective countries. He suggested that the project be undertaken by a single contractor through a joint venture between the two sides.

He said he would raise his concerns over the design in a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong next month, and would convey the points from the discussion to the Malaysian government and the media.



Rahman: JB-Singapore RTS details based on extensive studies


PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan today said the details of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, including its alignment, were based on a series of extensive discussions and studies.

He said these covered technical and viability issues that were considered over several years, and which were eventually agreed on with the Singapore government.

“We acknowledge the issues and concerns raised by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor and will seek an immediate audience with His Royal Highness as soon as the palace has confirmed the date,” he said in a statement today.

“Malaysia and Singapore can look forward to better connectivity and accessibility once the proposed RTS project, which will connect Johor Bahru and Singapore, materialises in 2024.

“The RTS will take the pressure off the Causeway and save journey time as it will be a station-to-station connectivity with integrated customs and immigration check points,” he added.



Shahrir agrees with Johor sultan, dislikes ‘crooked bridge’ design too


Anne Muhammad

Johor Bahru MP Shahrir Abdul Samad said he concurs with Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar who disagreed with the design of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) bridge that would connect Malaysia to Singapore.

He said he also understands the sultan’s call for the bridge not to be built in a ‘crooked’ manner.

“It turns out that not many like the crooked design, not just me. When I read (the sultan’s statement), I smiled and nodded in understanding.

“When we talk about bridges, it is originally for crossing from one place to other in a direct manner, not in a bent or crooked way,” he said.

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