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KOTA TINGGI, July 31 (Bernama) -- The vehicle transport ferry service

between the Tanjung Belungkor ferry terminal here and Changi ferry terminal in

Singapore will begin operation end of next year, Transport Minister Datuk Seri

Kong Cho Ha said today.

He said the RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) ferry service would be re-introduced to

facilitate tourists entering the country as well as to stimulate development in

south Johor.

It would facilitate tourists, especially the Singaporeans, to bring their

own vehicles for their visit to Malaysia, especially to Kota Tinggi, Desaru and

Pengerang, he told reporters after visiting the Tanjung Belungkor ferry


"As we all know, rapid development is expected in Desaru and Pengerang

following the oil and gas hub development project.

"In view of that, ferry operators at the terminal have decided to resume the

RoRo ferry service to transport vans, cars and small buses," he added.



Kong said the RoRo ferry service was introduced in 1993, but terminated in

2002 due to poor response.

Currently, he said, only passenger ferries were in operation at the

terminal, making two trips daily to Changi daily on weekdays and four trips

daily on weekends and public holidays.

He said the ferry ride between Tanjung Belungkor and Changi terminals took

about half an hour and a total of 148,925 people had used the service since


Earlier, Kong visited the construction of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad

(KTMB) depot at Kempas Baru in Johor Baharu.

He said the depot project, costing almost RM42 million, to replace the

facility at the Tanjong Pagar railway station in Singapore which was closed on

July 1 last year, was scheduled for completion in July next year.

The depot will be equipped with facilities like administrative office,

workshops, security guard house and parking area, he added.



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