Is Malacca Building a Bridge to Indonesia?

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According to latest reports, the Malacca Government is planning on reviving its old project, which was put on hold for seven years, to build a 48.69km-long Malacca-Dumai, Indonesia, bridge across the Straits of Malacca. The idea of building this bridge was first brought forward in 1995 to foster new economic opportunities, especially in trade and tourism between Malaysia and Indonesia. Unfortunately, the idea was pushed away due to the Asian financial crisis in 1997. In 2006, former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam brought the idea up again. He said that groundwork for the bridge had started and that studies had been conducted to show that the bridge was technically feasible.

Malacca’s current Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Haron, revealed that finer details of the project linking Teluk Gong in Malacca in the peninsula to the port of Dumar, in Sumatra, would be revealed when all mechanisms were in place.

“The project was discussed during the 10th Chief Ministers and Governors’ Forum (CMGF) of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) convened in Koh Samui, Thailand, on Sept 12.

“The forum took note of the economic potential and strategic positioning of the IMT-GT with the construction of the Malacca-Dumai Bridge,” Idris said.

If this happens, the bridge would be the world’s longest. This is excluding the 71.2km-long highway which is to be built between Dumai and Pulau Rapat.

Story and quote from: The New Straits Times

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