Langkawi island as view from the top of the cable car ride.

Langkawi must remain as an ‘island’ said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad commenting on a proposed RM130bil Langkawi bridge project.

“Langkawi must remain as an island and unsuitable to be turned into a land mass,” according to a Bernama reports.

The national news agency said two companies based in Perlis had proposed building a 48km bridge to link Langkawi to Kuala Perlis on the mainland.

Juruelit Sdn Bhd executive chairman Kamarudin Husin said on Friday the company had enough funds to build the project which includes a monorail bridge.

Currently the island, one of Asia most beautiful islands is accessible either by airplane or ferry services.

Express Ferries Services provide daily regular services to Langkawi Island, operating from Penang, Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. There also a ferry services from Satun, Thailand to Langkawi.

Direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi are provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia on a daily basis, take minimum 55 minutes. Silk Air also flies regularly from Singapore to Langkawi.

There are also direct international flights to Langkawi from London, Osaka and Taipei. Other lternative airlines plying this route weekly are Eva Air, LTU and China Airlines.

The Langkawi international Airport at Padang Matsirat is about 20km from Kuah, the island main town.