Malaysia to review high-speed rail link to Singapore

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will review the implementation the high-speed rail line to Singapore, among other mega projects, according to the newly appointed economic affairs minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had promised to review some projects approved by the earlier administration, including the high-speed rail from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, which is said to cost up to RM50 billion (S$16 billion).

Dr Mahathir in the run-up to the elections said, “We need to do a study whether it is feasible or not, because we don’t have the money and we have to borrow money, and that is not something the Government can bear at this moment. We have to know whether we really need this HSR or not.”

The high-speed rail project will cut across four states in Malaysia and is expected to stimulate development along the corridor and create economic clusters around the seven stations from Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka to Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri before leaving the international border to Singapore.

Azmin said last Saturday that even though the rail agreement had been signed with Singapore, it does not mean the agreement could not be reviewed.

“Certainly we need to renegotiate certain terms. We want to see whether the whole process was transparent or otherwise,” he said. “So it is my duty to get a team and look and sit down and discuss. And we may have to renegotiate all these projects.”

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