Malaysia, Singapore to sign high-speed rail agreement next week: Najib

08-Dec-2016 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Rail agreement will be signed in Kuala Lumpur next week, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

“All is well and good,” he said when asked on the status of the signing of the agreement.

“We had to delay the signing on the request of the Singapore government. It was a technical matter.

“Under the Singapore government’s Constitution, a guarantee requires the president’s approval.

“Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong had called, telling me that they require a bit of time (before the signing of the agreement),” he said at a press conference after the Iskandar Malaysia 10th anniversary lunch here today.

It was reported that the 350 kilometers railway line will cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes.

The HSR terminal in Singapore will be located at Jurong East while Malaysia will have seven stations; namely at Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

The project, which is jointly funded by both countries, is expected to begin construction next year and expected to be operational in 2026.


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