Despite the very public feud that Malaysians and Singaporeans have with each other, it’s not hard to admit that both countries rely on each other for a multitude of things that benefit their respective economies.
And when it comes to the Malaysia-Singapore border, it seems that Malaysians and Singaporeans are just so inseparable to the point of wanting to build a pedestrian walkway straddling the Causeway.
But this isn’t just some regular pedestrian walkway.
According to Public Works, Infrastructure, and Transport Committee Chairman for the Malaysian state of Johor, Mohd Solihan Badri, Malaysia is looking to build an air-conditioned walkway that will stretch 350 meters along the Malaysian side of the Causeway.
The Johor state government has even requested US$7.2 million (RM30 million) in funding from the Federal Government to pay for the walkway.
Initially, the proposed walkway would’ve cost roughly US$3.6 million, half of the current proposal. But the original design of the walkway didn’t feature any air-conditioning, nor escalators.
According to the proposal from the Johor state government, the walkway will end at the border with Singapore.
“For Singapore, I’m not sure how long the distance is going to be,” says Badri.
The promising news is that the Singaporeans are also interested in extending the walkway from their side of the Causeway too, essentially ‘completing’ the entire length of the pedestrian crossing.
According to Badri, several officials from the Singaporean Consulate-General in Johor Bahru expressed interest in the project at a recent meeting.
“They asked for the design of the walkway so that they can submit a proposal to their government to extend the walkway,” says Badri.
Whether Singapore will end up continuing the pedestrian walkway on their side of the Causeway, we’ll only see as time passes.
Just before Malaysia first imposed its Movement Control Order (MCO) in March 2020, hundreds of people rushed across the Causeway on foot.
But in actual fact, crossing the Causeway on foot is illegal. However, no action has been taken against those that walked into Singapore in the nights preceding Malaysia’s MCO.
Cover image sourced from The Straits Times.