Singaporeans and Malaysians could all be wondering, “Whatever happened to the RTS terminus in Johor Bahru?” In response to media queries on Malaysian media reports where Johor State Executive Committee Member for Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni bin Haji Mohammad was quoted as saying that Singapore is holding back on deciding the alignment for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) link, the Ministry of Transport spokesperson said:
“The suggestion that Singapore has been delaying progress on the RTS link is incorrect. Singapore informed Malaysian June 2011 that the RTS terminus in Singapore would be located at Woodlands North near Republic Polytechnic. However, to date, Singapore has not received official confirmation of the location of Malaysia’s RTS terminus in Johor Bahru. Only upon confirmation of the location of the terminus can both countries proceed to finalise the alignment of the crossing between Johor Bahru and Singapore.
At the recent Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia meeting on 6 February 2015, Singapore and Malaysia agreed that the second phase of the Joint Engineering Study on the RTS link will begin after the terminus location in Johor Bahru has been confirmed by Malaysia. This was stated in the joint statement issued by the Malaysian and Singapore governments immediately after the meeting. The Johor state government was represented at the meeting.
We look forward to official confirmation from the Malaysian government on the location of the RTS terminus in Johor Bahru. Singapore remains committed to working closely with Malaysia on the RTS link, which will provide a boost to cross-border connectivity.”