It’s the silly season again.
The takeover of IJN (thankfully aborted).
The proposed Sime Darby-Air Asia airport in Negri Sembilan.
Not to be left out, the Malacca government has suggested a fanciful RM38 billion 52km bridge from Malacca to Sumatra.
The bridge proposal is of course a resurrection of the old Mahathir administration’s ‘brainwave’ of a Malaysia-Sumatra bridge, which was fortunately scrapped with the onset of the East Asian financial crisis in 1997.
If I remember correctly, the estimated cost mentioned back then was RM60 billion?
These guys don’t know the meaning of sustainable transport and global warming, much less ‘opportunity cost’. At least Najib is smart enough to say the ferry service is sufficient. He says a feasibility study is needed first to evaluate this “bright” idea.
Says blog reader Ganesh:
Look at this brilliant idea. Only BN can think of it. The people here are suffering … and we want to spend RM38 billion on a bridge? With RM38 billion, we can lift every poor person in Malaysia to middle-class level.
This report from the NST:
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.”