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post Aug 23 2009, 01:49 AM, updated 10y ago

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Introduction

As Southeast Asia embarks on a period of unprecedented economic growth, social progress and cultural development, key infrastructure projects will play an important role in the success of the region. From superhighways and bridges to express rail links and development regions the most dynamic projects will connect people, countries and regions.

Designed to be the world’s longest link at 127.93 km the privately funded Strait of Malacca Crossing (SOMX) will connect peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra across the world’s busiest strait. An ambitious project that will fuel the growth of Southeast Asia and have a lasting global impact, the crossing will provide increased political security and ignite social change across the region

Malaysia

As Malaysia steadily moves towards its goal of achieving developed nation status by the year 2020 it has already come a long way. Capitalising on the hopes and dreams of it’s population, Malaysia has been able to transform its economy from an agriculture and mining base to a competitive high-tech economy, where services and manufacturing now account for 80% of its GDP. Malaysia’s rich natural resources have made it a major exporter of oil, gas, rubber and palm oil; while its position as a leader in Islamic banking has allowed it to become an attractive destination for both trade and investment. Peace and stability are cornerstones of this diverse Southeast Asian nation that is quickly becoming a regional powerhouse.


Indonesia

With over 234 million consumers, Indonesia represents Southeast Asia’s largest potential market. Now fully recovered from the 1998 Asian Financial crisis, Indonesia’s GDP has surpassed $1.1 trillion US dollars with Foreign Direct Investment increasing at 17% in early 2007. Indonesia has recently embarked on a major infrastructure improvement program that will fuel social progress and allow it to capture its tremendous amount of natural resources. As Southeast Asia’s most populous country Indonesia is a rising industrial giant.

The Benefits

POLITICAL:


The creation of a crossing between the Malaysian peninsula and the Indonesian archipelago will dramatically change the political atmosphere between bordering nations, with Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand undoubtedly seeing an increase in cooperation and civility in matters of governance and security. The cost of combating piracy and maintaining safety along the Strait of Malacca has always been taxing on bordering nations. The Strait of Malacca Crossing will encourage cooperation against piracy and will allow for better monitoring of traffic through the strait. Increased investment at crossing points and along the coastline will lead to greater domestic political stability for bordering nations. As a link between ASEAN nations, the Strait of Malacca Crossing will help kindle an ASEAN spirit that will further unify the region and gear it towards development and progress

SOCIAL:

In a region that is tied together by thousands of years of history the Strait of Malacca Crossing will bring about a fusion of cultures. Malaysians and Indonesians will come together to exchange information, technology, arts and culture, bringing social progress to both nations. The link between nations will result in a blossoming of industry across the strait where labour specialization will allow for growth on both sides, while reducing the strains of migration. New communities will flourish as workers flock to rapidly expanding neighboring cities that are experiencing an increase in commerce and industry. As the crossing is completed and greater responsibility is taken on by bordering nations, environmental issues surrounding the strait will be addressed. The Strait of Malacca Crossing will realise the dreams of generations and connect two of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic nations.


ECONOMIC:

The economic importance of the Strait of Malacca as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes has long been recognized. However, a link between Malaysia and Indonesia across the strait unlocks even greater potential. The Indonesian island of Sumatra rich in natural resources will be connected to the Asian continent; opening up to new markets and gaining direct access to the giant Chinese economy. Peninsular Malaysia with its increasingly service based industry will benefit from an increase in tourism, cross border trade, transport development, and educational investment. As development takes place on both sides of the crossing, dangerous migration across the straits will disappear and both sides will benefit. Singapore, Thailand, China and the region as a whole will benefit from an increase in trade and commerce as the fertile Indonesian archipelago is connected to the Asian continent.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:


The Strait of Malacca Crossing is a regional project with global impact. As a privately funded initiative (PFI) the project will fuel the growth of developing nations without placing an unnecessary burden on governments. The crossing will create an international hub of trade and commerce, connecting peoples and economies while accelerating growth throughout the region. Bridging one of the world’s busiest straits, the crossing will provide increased security and stability in an area critical to global commerce.


Geological Evaluation


The crossing will be located in the narrowest channel of the Strait of Malacca from the northeast coast adjacent to Malacca in Malaysia to the southwest coast of Pulau Rupat in Sumatra, Indonesia. The terrain near the coast of Malacca is mostly plain with flat topography, beaches and developed ground water systems. On the Indonesian side Barisan mountains lie in the west, while low terrains and wetlands are located to the north near Dumai.

The project site is located entirely on the Eurasian plate and there are no known faults nearby. The buried base of rocks underneath the proposed site lie deeply underground on the Sumatra side but have good physical and mechanical properties and will provide sufficient support for a structural foundation. Though there is an unfavorable seismic zone about 100 km away from the project site there has been no record of a strong earthquake, intense plate motion, or fracture in the last ten thousand years. With new technology and sufficient care an earthquake resistant structure will stand for generations.

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Design

Brigde Concept


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The design objectives for the bridge include for the crossing to be perfectly functional, economical in construction and graceful in appearance. Since this is a sea bridge project over the strait, people will be able to enjoy both the magnificent bridge from different angles and the beautiful scenery of the sea, island and coastline. The deepwater navigable span of the all bridge concept is located 12 km off Pulau Rupat in Indonesia where the depth of the water is 50~60m, and giant oil tankers with a capacity of more than 300,000 tons can transit the channel. The downstream and upstream waterways are the busiest navigation areas in the Strait of Malacca, with a width of 4.3 km and a distance of about 1.6 km. To satisfy the requirements for navigation and landscape, a suspension bridge and cable-stayed bridge are the most appropriate candidates for the general navigation of the channel.

Tunnel Concept


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Bridges crossing upstream and downstream waterways will be constructed off the coast of Malaysia, and an artificial island will be constructed between the deepwater navigation channel and general shipping lanes. From the artificial island an immersed tube will pass below the area of Pulau Rupat in Indonesia. The tunnel concept will allow for a deepwater channel depth of 55m with no height limitation on vessels passing through the deepwater channel.

Strait of Malacca Partners Sdn. Bhd.,
Plaza 138, Unit 16-06,
16th Floor,
No. 138, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Phone: 603-21627270
Fax: 603-21627148

Email: [email protected]
http://thestraitofmalaccacrossing.com

rumour: alternative proposal by GOVERNMENT of INDONESIA.. (they really want that Malaysia-Indonesia bridge)
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I just copy this story from this website : http://thestraitofmalaccacrossing.com
can see Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak picture.. it look like he support this Malaysia-Indonesi bridge project??

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my personal opinion about this MALAYSIA-INDONESIA bridge projects..

I think this project will go on (it will change the economy flow in ASEAN).. as we all know this project was first mooted by during era of former Malaysia prime minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir.. (well we also know he is really anti singapore).. maybe this project is one of proposal to weakening Singapore port so the big ships must pass through Indonesia or else use Penang port, Klang port or Malacca port.. and in the east.. another ship waiting at Kemaman port in Terengganu.. just my thought doh.gif

the bridge will link Malaysia (in Melaka or Johor [alternative proposal]) to Dumai (which located in Riau, Sumatera in Indonesia).. Riau is the birth place of #1 lingua-franca language (Bahasa Melayu) in this South-East Asia region, the agreement in year 1824 between British-Netherlands make the Johor and Riau separated, British conquer Johor up to the north Malaya and also Borneo (now called Malaysia), while Netherlands conquer Riau to the Java district (now called Indonesia), British made a causeway in Singapore to ensure the Singapore port will maximize its profit, weakening the economy in Johor plus prevent it to be the superpower in South-East Asia region.. stop the dominance of Johor-Riau empire, and it works! see now Singapore is #1 most busiest port in the world..!!.. just my thought doh.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Singapore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_busiest_container_ports

.. furthermore Dumai is well known as "kota minyak" (city of oil) whether petroleum oil or palm oil, they are very rich.. furthermore Indonesia now very crazy with New Economic Growth of Riau Archipelago (NEGARA).. they have masterplan to build so many bridges to link all Indonesian province from Riau at Sumatera to the Java district.. and want it to be link with Malaysia (whether at Malacca or Johor).. ahh.. all just my thought doh.gif

some info about Dumai
http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kota_Dumai

info about longest bridge in the world.. if this project is materialize then it will be #1 longest bridge in the world!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longe...es_in_the_world

info about Riau.. the birth place of Bahasa Melayu
http://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riau

This post has been edited by hack3line: Aug 23 2009, 04:33 AM
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You should write for a newspaper.....
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post Aug 23 2009, 02:02 AM

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Money for Sabah & Sarawak so little but for this, Ali Rustam thinks it's ok. doh.gif

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A bridge to Sumatra?
A QUESTION OF BUSINESS
By P. GUNASEGARAM

At a cost of RM44bil, it is a massive mistake that the country simply cannot afford.

MASSIVE multi-billion ringgit projects can spell catastrophe, not just in terms of costs but the lost opportunity where huge sums of money could have been better utilised.

The more massive they are, the costlier the consequence can be. We had trouble with a bridge to Singapore – a crooked one would have cost just RM600mil. For various reasons neither a crooked nor a straight bridge materialised.

Now there are plans for something far more ambitious. Before we could settle the construction of the bridge to the island republic, a stone’s throw away – a little bit more than that actually, its slightly over 1,000m – we have a proposal for the construction of one to Indonesia, across the Straits of Malacca.

Now hold your breath! This bridge is some 50 times longer, its almost 50km long and will cost – are you ready for this – some RM44bil. That’s nearly 75 times the cost of the aborted crooked bridge to Singapore!

It would without any doubt become the largest infrastructure project that Malaysia has ever taken part in or is likely to take part in for quite a while.

Earlier this week a special seminar was called to explain the bridge. A little-known company called Straits of Malacca Partners Sdn Bhd (SOMP) proposed a bridge which will be almost four times the length of the Penang Bridge.

The new bridge will cross the straits at its narrowest point between Malacca and Dumai, Sumatra, it was reported.

SOMP chairman Tan Sri Ibrahim Zain said the company had submitted the proposal to both the Malaysian and Indonesian governments for approval.

“We hope to secure the approval from the two governments by the end of this year or early 2010,” he said, adding that the company does not want to pay higher construction costs.

The key question about such a large project is how it can possibly be profitable. SOMP’s own figures, as reported in the press, don’t look encouraging. It projects traffic at 15,000 vehicles a day and toll charges of US$75-US$85 per vehicle.

Let’s assume these assumptions are reasonable, which they are not, and use a mean figure of US$80 a vehicle as toll and an exchange rate of RM3.50 per US dollar.

Total toll collection per day works out to RM4.2mil (15,000x80x3.5), or RM1.5bil a year. Is that enough revenue? Certainly not!

Recall that the project cost is RM44bil. That might require a return of say a minimum 10% a year, after taking into account risks.

That means net cash earnings of RM4.4bil a year. But revenue – not profit – is just RM1.5bil a year, or a paltry third of required cash earnings.

Even if we impute substantial growth in the company’s own numbers, the targets are extremely unlikely to be met. That alone is enough to ensure that this project is simply not viable and won’t be for a long, long time.

But there’s more. Let’s assume on average that there are three passengers in each vehicle, not unreasonable for a car but there will obviously be buses which can take the figure up much higher. Conversely, cargo vehicles such as lorries will have lesser numbers. Thus, three seems OK.

That means 45,000 people (15,000 vehicles x 3) travelling between the two countries, of whom half, or 22,500, can be assumed to be coming into Malaysia – tourist arrivals in other words. That makes it 8.2 million (22,500x365) tourist arrivals a year from Indonesia.

Last year, the number of tourist arrivals from Indonesia was a mere 2.4 million but SOMP’s figures imply that the bridge will magically increase this number by over three times.

Is that realistic considering that Sumatra is neither the most developed or populous part of Indonesia? No.

Java has some half of Indonesia’s population of around an estimated 245 million with Sumatra accounting for perhaps 50 million, according to some estimates.

Those coming from Java or other parts of Indonesia – without doubt the majority of those who come to Malaysia as tourists – will not take the land option from Sumatra because it is simply too far. Just look at the map if you doubt this!

According to Ibrahim, who with his partner Datuk Lim Sue Beng, owns the majority of SOMP, 15% of the funding for the project will come “internally” with the rest from bank borrowings.

China’s Exim Bank plans to support the project. “Under the bank’s policy, we can provide funding up to 85% for such infrastructure projects,” Exim Bank of China general manager Tang Yinlian was quoted as having said.

The question is, who will provide the guarantee for such a huge amount of funding. The answer is, the only one who can is the Malaysian Government.

And where will SOMP go for the 15% or RM6.6bil in equity capital? That will take it from zero to one of the most highly capitalised companies in Malaysia.

This project has the support of the Chief Minister of Malacca Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who was also present at the seminar, but one wonders if Malacca has done proper numbers for the viability of the project. To quote him: “The bridge is a viable and profitable project and expected to boost the economies of both countries.” Really?

He added that the Prime Minister is supportive of the project, which was first mooted by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1995 but shelved because of the 1997 crisis, and brought up again during the Ninth Malay World Islamic Convention in Malacca in January this year, a newspaper report said.

Be that as it may, let’s lay down some ground rules for this as well as any other major project. Let it be totally private sector driven and devoid of any help, subsidy, grant, financial assistance or guarantee from the Government. If it can survive on that basis, so be it.
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?f...59&sec=business

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Will they open the border gates wide open each time the general election approaches to allow more Indons to come in?
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QUOTE(masahito @ Aug 23 2009, 02:07 AM)
i don't want more in-fukken-don here
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They'll give free temporary passes to cross that bridge on certain days when we need them.

On demand.
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QUOTE(cameltoe @ Aug 23 2009, 02:02 AM)
Will they open the border gates wide open each time the general election approaches to allow more Indons to come in?
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maybe.. Khir Toyo is from Jawa?? like to eat tempe?? rclxms.gif

user posted image <-- this is tempe.. LOL drool.gif

http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempe

tempe was formerly known as food of war during Indon vs Japan last time..
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it will at least cost 10 t0 15 billion ringgit lol....crazy.....maybe after 10 year.mb can consider....malaysia and indonesia cant borrow many money from world bank during this economy downtime..
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Cops gun down armed robbers
By CHRISTINA TAN

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SHAH ALAM: Police gunned down two suspected armed robbers after they charged at the policemen with parang after being cornered at a shack here.

The two — both Indonesians — were believed to have been involved in a robbery at a house in Kota Kemuning, where a 70-year-old man also died.

They charged at the police outside the shack on a secluded hillslope in Section U9 Shah Alam, Kayangan Heights about 5.30am yesterday.

The group, known as Gang Roy with between four to six members, is believed to be have been responsible for at least six armed robberies in Shah Alam.

Earlier, several robbers armed with parang had broken into the semi-detached house of a businessman at about 10pm on Thursday night, although it was just 50m from a security post.

They tied up both the businessman — known only as G.P. Lim — and his 69-year-old wife, gagged them and locked them in a room before taking their time to ransack and break open a safe in the house.

They fled five hours later with RM500,000 worth of cash, jewellery and other valuables.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said Lim’s wife managed to free herself after the robbers left and ran to the security guards, who alerted the police and the couple’s son staying nearby.

He said Lim, who had heart problems, was found dead when police arrived at the house.

Police traced the robbers to their hideout near Kayangan Heights about 20km from the crime scene following a tip-off.

When approached, several men tried to attack the police, forcing the personnel to open fire.

Lim’s body as well as those of the two suspected robbers had been sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for post-mortem.

DCP Khalid said police also found a parang and various tools near the shack, adding that authorities were still looking for other gang members and the valuables taken from their victims.

He said the Indonesians had valid travel documents but no work permits.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=...7476&sec=nation


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QUOTE(makky @ Aug 23 2009, 02:11 AM)
it will at least cost 10 t0 15 billion ringgit lol....crazy.....maybe after 10 year.mb can consider....malaysia and indonesia cant borrow many money from world bank during this economy downtime..
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RM44 billion lar and if not overbudget. laugh.gif It will surely overbudget due to 'difficulties' then cost RM66-88 billion.

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QUOTE(Maxieos @ Aug 23 2009, 02:14 AM)
Cops gun down armed robbers
By CHRISTINA TAN
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Even robbers live in rich areas such as Kota Kemuning driving big luxurious cars like Estima, Alphard and Merz.
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QUOTE(TC_Boy @ Aug 23 2009, 02:02 AM)
Money for Sabah & Sarawak so little but for this, Ali Rustam thinks it's ok. doh.gif
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?f...59&sec=business
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I think Malaysia and Indonesia will pay it with oil (palm oil and petroleum).. furthermore China just offer help on that project already.. LIAO

QUOTE(A Chinese Engineering offer help on Malaysia-Indonesia mega bridge project)
A Chinese firm, Hunan Provincial Communications Planning, Survey and Design Institute (HNCDI), is also involved in the project.
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Exim Bank of China (Export-Import bank of China) sees the proposed Straits of Malacca bridge as one the biggest in the world and is a far-reaching programme for Malaysia and Indonesia as well as other countries in Southeast Asia


http://english.eximbank.gov.cn <-- official website of that Chinese bank

if EXIM Bank of China support the project meaning the project is fully supported by the government of People's Republic of China because that bank is specially under States Council government People's Republic of China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exim_Bank_of_China

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50 billion is more than enough to build you another Iskandar Malaysia or a bullet train track spanning from Thai border right upto Singapore.
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QUOTE(cameltoe @ Aug 23 2009, 02:19 AM)
Even robbers live in rich areas such as Kota Kemuning driving big luxurious cars like Estima, Alphard and Merz.
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Because d4tuk backup them.Police under d4tuk as you can see the letter involve of MB.Who knows MB control them ?
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QUOTE(hack3line @ Aug 23 2009, 02:20 AM)
I think Malaysia and Indonesia will pay it with oil (palm oil and petroleum).. furthermore China just offer help on that project already.. LIAO
http://english.eximbank.gov.cn <-- official website of that Chinese bank

if EXIM Bank of China support the project meaning the project is fully supported by the government of People's Republic of China because that bank is specially under States Council government People's Republic of China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exim_Bank_of_China
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Borrow money from China no need to pay back? You use your credit card like this too? doh.gif
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Now i want a bridge from sg to kk then from tawau to australia. boleh?
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QUOTE(cameltoe @ Aug 23 2009, 02:21 AM)
50 billion is more than enough to build you another Iskandar Malaysia or a bullet train track spanning from Thai border right upto Singapore.
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Malacca chief Ali Rustam said dun wan bullet train.. I just want AeroRail!!! mad.gif

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