Sultan Ibrahim was briefed on the Rapid Transit System (RTS) by MRT Corp CEO Zarif Hashim (centre) at the Istana Bukit Pelangi in Johor Bahru. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Rapid Transit System (RTS) project in Bukit Chagar, which will connect Johor Bahru to Woodlands in Singapore, is set to be launched virtually on Nov 22 to coincide with the birthday of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

According to a statement published on the ruler’s Facebook page, he was briefed this morning on the project by the developer Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) CEO Mohd Zarif Hashim at the Istana Bukit Pelangi in Johor Bahru.

Zarif updated the Sultan on the project following its inclusion in the Budget, which was tabled last Friday.

“During the briefing, we touched on the project’s launch, which will be done online, as well as the final designs for the station.

“We expect to begin work on the site towards the last week of November after its official launch,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Johor Royal Press Office.

The Sultan also consented to a public competition to take place to source input from the people regarding the design of the station’s façade.

Also present at the meeting today were Johor Land and Mines director, Mohammed Ridha Abd Kadir and Johor Bahru City Council mayor Adib Azhari Daud.

In announcing the budget last Friday, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz listed a number of key developmental measures, one of which was the continuation of the RTS between Johor Bahru and Singapore.

The government also announced that they will proceed with the High Speed Rail project subject to discussions with Singapore.

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