Malaysia-Singapore meeting on fate of HSR to be held this month

07-Aug-2018 Intellasia | NST | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Discussions between Malaysia and Singapore on the fate of the high speed rail (HSR) project will be held this month.

Economic Affairs minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said an official request on the meeting has been submitted to Singapore.

Azmin was in the Republic over the weekend, but denied that his trip was primarily to meet with officials there over the HSR project.

He said he was there to call on Home minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is recovering from surgery at a hospital in the Republic.

“But I did take the opportunity to meet senior officials on the HSR. It was a very positive meeting,” he added.

Last month, Azmin said the overall cost of the HSR project could reach over RM110 billion.

He said this is more than the amount estimated by the previous Barisan Nasional government, which had put the cost at between RM54 billion and RM74 billion.

Azmin said the lower estimate was due to the previous government not revealing the hidden costs of the project.

If Kuala Lumpur confirms that it will cancel the project, Singapore will try to recover costs it has so far incurred in preparing for the HSR, which have exceeded S$250 million (RM743.95) and is growing.

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said he was cancelling the HSR project linking Singapore with the Malaysian capital over its huge cost.

He said Malaysia would discuss with its southern neighbour any compensation it would have to pay over a cancellation.


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