Thursday, April 13, 2006

Construction: Malaysia ditches plans for new bridge to Singapore

Malaysia has abandoned plans to build a controversial new bridge to Singapore, saying that Singapore's demand for airspace access in return for its agreement was unacceptable.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that in the protracted negotiations, Singapore had pushed for access to Malaysian airspace for military training and for sand for land reclamation, which would have triggered strong public opposition.

He told a press conference, "We thought it was a project we should do, but there were conditions - sand and airspace - which are not accepted by Malaysians".

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