JOHOR BARU, Jul 27 – The state government is proposing introducing water taxi services from the new Kong Kong ferry terminal near Pasir Gudang here to the Changi Ferry Terminal in Singapore. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the proposal would be brought to the federal government soon for approval.
He said the implementation was necessary as an alternative mode of transportation which would reduce travelling time for people from both countries who now face traffic congestion at the Johor Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. At the same time, he also said that it would hopefully open up new business opportunities for the locals in the areas around the Kong Kong Ferry Terminal Site.
“I think if Kuala Lumpur (federal government) approves the study, we could see this service introduced by next year. However, it depends on the conditions as we must find out the costs of implementing the ferry, the charges we will have to pay and so on,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri gathering with Johor Baru-Singapore taxi drivers here today.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled said the state government was willing to consider requests for allocations from the Johor Baru-Singapura Taxi Drivers Association to take language courses. He said this shows the taxi drivers were willing to improve themselves so that they could interact in various languages to tourists to the state. — Bernama