Kuala Lumpur: Not for the first time a Malaysian company has touted ambitious plans to build a bridge across the Straits of Malacca. A company called Straits of Malacca has announced plans to build an RM44bn bridge linking Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra. The 50 km bridge would be the largest infrastructure project in Malaysia ever.
The proposed bridge would have a significant impact on local ports’ throughput, analysts note, while voicing concerns that the bridge would have to be built very high to allow large ships to continue to transit through one of the world’s key maritime arteries.
Large bridge projects have been mooted before in Malaysia without coming to fruition. [21/10/13]