'Discussions to defer KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project ongoing'

Hashini Kavishtri Kannan

PUTRAJAYA: The Singapore Transport Ministry said today that discussions with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to defer the construction of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail are ongoing.

It said the bilateral agreement on the project remained in force.

However, a report by The Straits Times of Singapore cited an unnamed source as saying that Singapore had agreed to Malaysia’s request to defer the project.

The report also said that both countries were “studying how long the project should be shelved for”.

The matter was confirmed by Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, according to a report by Channel NewsAsia.

Construction on the project which has been estimated to cost between RM50 billion and RM60 billion was due to start this year and the high speed rail was expected to begin operations in 2026.

On May 29, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had announced that the Cabinet had agreed to scrap the 350km project.

He said it would take time to finalise matters due to the agreement with the Singaporean government. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd