1998: A Quiet Opening for an Important Bridge

January 2, 1998

A new vehicular bridge connecting Malaysia with the Republic of Singapore was opened to traffic. This bridge crosses the section of the Straits of Johor that is situated between Iskandar Puteri (the southernmost city of continental Eurasia) in the Malaysian state of Johor and the planning area of Tuas in the West Region of Singapore.

The bridge, which has a length of 6,300 feet (1,920 meters) over water, is officially known as the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. The first bridge to serve as a link between both countries is the Johor-Singapore Causeway, which likewise crosses the Straits of Johor. This bridge opened in 1923, and it connects the city of Johor Bahru in the state of Johor with the planning area and residential town of Woodlands in the North Region of Singapore.

The Malaysia-Singapore Second Link opened on January 2, 1998, “without fanfare,” according to the news agency Reuters. The formal inauguration of the bridge was held that April. Those taking part in the ceremony included Mahathir Mohamed, prime minister of Malaysia; and Goh Chok Tong, prime minister of Singapore.

Along with serving as a vital component of the surface transportation network in that part of Southeast Asia, the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link has left a significant cultural imprint. Since 1999, an annual bridge run is held there to promote not only athletic endeavors but also the strong ties between Malaysia and Singapore. Both countries take turns hosting that annual event.

For more information on the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia–Singapore_Second_Link.

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