Malaysia announced it is providing assistance to Cambodia to accelerate the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link project. Malaysia is supplying sleepers and rails for free to the Cambodian government.
Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the consignments were now in Padang Besar to be transported to Cambodia by the Thai government. Thailand will bear the cost of transport. He added that the problem is Cambodia still lacks funds to carry out the project and the Chinese cooperation will be sought to resolve the problem.
The two missing links of the US$15 billion project is the 48 kilometres rail link in Cambodia and 210 kilometres link from Cambodia to Vietnam.
Its been decided that further discussions will be held with China in November to seek its support and cooperation to ensure the Trans-Asia Railway Line between Singapore and Kunming reaches the Chinese city as originally intended. the meeting would involve the special working group tasked with overseeing the proposed project that spans seven countries—Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. The rail link was proposed during the Asean summit in 1995 with Malaysia as project coordinator.
The development comes at a stage when Cambodia is hoping that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) can resolve the two missing links, plaguing the long proposed project spanning seven countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Burma.
Malaysia has undertaken the feasibility study and has been hosting the Singapore-Kunming Railway Link regional secretariat for three-years since 2004.