Thursday, May 13, 2010

Overpriced Super Bridge in Malaysia

Have you heard that we may be building a super bridge connecting our nation with another neighbouring nation?

Definitely not Singapore because there are more things to it.

Not Thailand or Brunei because we are stucked with them whether you like it or not.

Not Phillipines as their people are able to move in and out of Sabah without any hindrance already.

Same goes for Indonesia but then, based on a proposal submitted, it was claimed that with this new super bridge it will spur economic growth and strengthen the relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia. So, we will go for it.

Yeah, the super bridge will be connected at Malacca's Telok Gong in Alor Gajah to Sumatra's Pulau Rupat, Dumai and Pekan Baru.

Length - 37km (another Star article reported a much precised length, 48.69km)
Usage Per Day - 15,000 vehicles
Toll Charges - RM266 to RM301 per vehicle
Cost - US$13 billion
Financing - 85% via China Eximbank / 15% via Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd

Reading: Malacca assembly rejects motion to scrap bridge to Sumatra - Star

After reading about the huge project as above, I remembered that two other nations are trying to build a connecting bridge to each other too.

Qatar and Bahrain are negotiating on a construction deal to build the world's longest marine causeway, spanning 40km, to be named as the Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway.

Reading: World’s longest marine causeway to start construction by 2010? - Mena Infrastructure

What's the cost of this bridge? US$2.3 billion!

Let's compare with a few more bridges.

A mega bridge project has begun its construction in China and its SAR (not the disease, ok!) areas, namely Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. This will be built at a cost of US$10.7 billion for a bridge spanning approximately 50km.

Another bridge that is under re-construction coupled with new sections, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, is being constructed at a cost of US$6 billion but may ballooned up to US$12 billion (as reported in SF Public Press).

The Malaysian-Indonesian bridge version is being built over an open sea, hovering over one of the world's most busiest straits, with strong wind, rough sea and with unpredictable weather nowadays - do you think the cost of construction will stay at US$13 billion?

Why is it that the Qatar and Bahrain governments can propose a bridge that is a bit longer than ours but four times cheaper than ours?

But I like one of the comments made for our bridge version. If our bridge version was ever built, the Indonesians will stay back in Indonesian to earn their own living owing to the much improved economy brought by the bridge. Therefore, this will decrease the number of Indonesians entering Malaysia illegally. Fantastic!
Tags: Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway, China Eximbank, Malacca Straits Development, Malacca-Sumatera Bridge, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge



Blogger Ted said...

Wow...everything about this bridge just sound so wrong. Might as well use that money to ensure that Sabah's electricity supply is adequate.

13 May, 2010 12:45  
Anonymous cazzycazz said...

Can never be too sure it's for the benefit of the country... Maybe it does benefit the country in some ways. Most importantly, it benefit also some 'needless to work hard for money' ppl......

13 May, 2010 21:52  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

ted - u are so correct there. the bridge is definitely a gain to some cronies

cazzy - oh yessssss, spot on!

09 July, 2010 08:27  

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