Photo of Najib and Lee Hsien Loong from straitstimes

Speaking to Malaysia state media Bernama, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that there is no plan for a third bridge between Singapore and Malaysia despite the congestion at Second Link and Causeway.

“We are not currently planning for a third bridge. I have seen some statements in Malaysia suggesting one, but the high-speed rail is a very ambitious project. I would focus all my energies doing that one before we launch a new big project.”

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong praised his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, and said that the two country enjoys a “very close” relationship even when they are different:

“While Singapore and Malaysia enjoy a very close relationship, the two countries are different and both sides can further strengthen ties with deeper interactions. Our societies are different — values, cultures and the way we look at the world.”

When queried about the upcoming high speed rail project, PM Lee was tight-lipped about awarding the lucrative S$20.4 billion project but revealed that foreign governments are lobbying hard to secure the tender:

“Several high-speed rail systems in the world have been lobbying very hard to get this contract – the Japanese, the Koreans, the Chinese high-speed rail. Each has its strengths, and we will have a very difficult decision evaluating the bidders who come along and deciding which one is the best overall.”