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No word on Malaysia's proposal for a third link to Pulau Ubin: Desmond Lee

SINGAPORE – The Republic has not received any proposal from the Malaysian government for a third link to Singapore via Pulau Ubin, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.

File photo of visitors strolling in Pulau Ubin. Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said Singapore has not received any proposals from Malaysia to build a third link connecting east Johor to the island.

File photo of visitors strolling in Pulau Ubin. Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said Singapore has not received any proposals from Malaysia to build a third link connecting east Johor to the island.

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SINGAPORE – The Republic has not received any proposal from the Malaysian government for a third link to Singapore via Pulau Ubin, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.

Mr Lee, who is also Second Minister for National Development, was responding to questions on the sidelines of a meeting he had with the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) following reports about the possibility of a third link between the two countries.

In a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 31) evening, Mr Lee said: "We have not received Malaysia's proposals and do not have details of it. If we do receive it, the relevant agencies will certainly study it carefully."

He added that Pulau Ubin will be kept rustic and its heritage and biodiversity will be protected.

On Thursday, the Johor state government reportedly expressed interest in developing another link to Singapore on its eastern flank and mooted the idea of a link directly to Pulau Ubin.

Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian said the state government, which is formed by Malaysia's ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, will send a proposal to the federal government on the matter before further plans can be made.

Later in the day, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also told media in Kuala Lumpur: "There is some plan in the offing... there is already some plan." No further details were given.

Responding to TODAY's queries on Thursday, a spokesperson from Singapore's Ministry of Transport said: "We have not received any official proposal or communications from Malaysia regarding a third link between Singapore and Malaysia." 

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