Johor and Singapore have reached an agreement on ways to improve connectivity as nearly 300,000 people use the Johor Causeway every day, according to Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
Onn Hafiz went on a three-day official visit to Singapore, which began on Sunday (12 February) to strengthen ties between the republic and the state of Johor.
In a post on his official Facebook page, the state government’s leader began his second day in Singapore with a meeting and discussion session with Singapore’s Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Maliki Osman, Singapore’s Second Foreign Minister.
“Various matters were discussed during the visit, especially issues involving bilateral relations between Singapore and Johor,” he shared.
Onn Hafiz stated that Singapore, as a Malaysian neighbour, played an important role in the economic development of Johor.
He also was moved to hear the two Singaporean ministers speak about the strength of the two countries’ close relationship, even during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic, until the two countries’ borders were fully reopened.
Lee Ting Han, Chairman of Johor’s Investment, Trade, and Consumer Affairs Committee, Datuk Mohammed Ridha Abd Kadir, Deputy State Secretary (Development), and Jeevan Singh, Consul General of Singapore in Johor Bahru were also present.
Previously, Onn Hafiz stated that Johor has the potential to receive investments ranging from RM10 billion to RM15 billion from a number of international companies headquartered in Singapore.
He made the remarks after meeting with representatives of several international companies, including AirTrunk, the largest data-center company in Asia Pacific and Japan, and Wilhelmsen, one of the world’s leading maritime groups.