Joint panel talks on Bukit Chagar as last transit terminal

Rapid Transit System’s (RTS) final transit terminal in Bukit Chagar here is among the issues to be discussed in the coming Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM) meeting next month.

The RTS had recently became a hot topic following a report in the New Straits Times on Sept 20 where Johor Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad confirmed that Bukit Chagar would be the RTS’ final transit terminal and would have its own Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance facilities.

This was followed by the Singapore Ministry of Transport’s (MOT) media statement on Tuesday saying they were awaiting confirmation from Malaysia on the location of the RTS terminal in Johor Baru to enable the next phase of study on the project to commence.

“We look forward to Malaysia’s confirmation when the Malaysia-Singapore JMCIM meets next month so that the project may proceed on time to the next phase of its study, as previously agreed by both sides,” read the statement, quoting a spokesperson.

Hasni, when contacted by New Straits Times yesterday, said the state government viewed the latest development and response by the Singapore government as a positive move between the two countries to develop the RTS.

“On Johor’s side, we are ready and hope that this issue can be discussed in detail to enable both sides to commence the project.”

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