Friday, December 01, 2006

Make JB Last Fast Train Stop

JOHOR BARU: The state government wants the proposed bullet train service from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore to stop at Senai and end in Johor Baru, said Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Abdul Ghani told Zainal Abidin Jidin (BN – Bukit Permai) that passengers who want to go to the island republic could take existing or future public transportation such as the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT).

“With Senai airport being the future cargo hub and centre of development for the Iskandar Development Region, the state government feels that it is only right that this train service makes a stop at both Senai and Johor Baru.

“It needs to stop in Senai because the town has been suggested as the main station for this particular service and also to ensure that efforts to make Senai a regional logistics hub are not hindered,” said Abdul Ghani.

Under the proposed service, travellers from Kuala Lumpur can travel to Johor Baru in less than an hour at very competitive fares, he said.

“The state government maintains that we want Johor Baru as the last station for the train. Passengers can take other means of transport into Singapore,” said Abdul Ghani.

He added that a feasibility report on the project should be ready in another four or five months.
Abdul Ghani also told Ali Mohamed (BN – Tanjung Puteri) that he did not rule out the possibility of land acquisition for the RM8bil project, but added that it all depends on the results of the study.

State Religious, Education, Higher Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Zainal Abidin Osman told the state assembly that a study had been conducted on 116 schools – 26 secondary schools and 90 primary schools – on the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English.

“We are still in the midst of analysing the findings,” he told Datuk Abd Hamid Abd Rahman (BN – Machap).

Source : STAR
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