Progress being made on HSR: Khaw Boon Wan, Azmin Ali

(From left): Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali and Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. (PHOTO: Facebook / Azmin Ali)

Singapore and Malaysia are “inching closer to a win-win deal” on their joint High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, said Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali in a Facebook post on Thursday (30 August).

Azmin’s post came following his meeting with Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, during which they discussed cross-border projects including the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur HSR and the Johor-Woodlands Rapid Transit System (RTS).

The fates of both the HSR and RTS were left open following the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s surprise victory in Malaysia’s 9 May General Election, which led to the suspension of a number of bilateral projects as the new government re-looked deals made by the previous administration.

In his own Facebook post on the meeting, Khaw said that “(we) should be able to announce our joint decisions on RTS and HSR soon”.

“There is so much we can do together, for mutual benefits,” said Khaw, who also described Amin as an “inspiring leader”.

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