Malaysia and Singapore revive high speed rail project

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) project, which was terminated in January 2021, has been revived – both Singapore and Malaysia will be involved in the project.

Handling the development and implementation of the project is MyHSR Corp, a company owned by the Minister of Finance and under the supervision of Malaysia’s Transport Ministry.

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail project has been revived and will be handled by MyHSR Corp

The company is now embarking on a full-fledged Request For Information (RFI) exercise to assist the government in making informed decisions. The RFI exercise will be opened to local and international firms and consortia to submit their concept proposals.

MyHSR Corp chairman Fauzi Abdul Rahman remarked: “The KL-Singapore HSR project will bring tremendous benefits to the people, particularly in enhancing and expanding economic dynamism from the Klang Valley to the Southern Corridor of the peninsula, and eventually to the rest of Malaysia.

“In addition to providing a new travel option that is safer, faster, more efficient and sustainable, the project will help us to contribute to the agenda of Malaysia Madani, generating long-term growth and sustainability for the people and the nation.”

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Transport Ministry said they are willing to discuss any new proposal from Malaysia “in good faith, starting from a clean slate”.

The HSR project, which aimed to reduce travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to about 90 minutes, was discontinued after multiple postponements at Malaysia’s request and an eventual lapsing of an agreement in December 2020.

The proposed line was supposed to have a stop at Iskandar Puteri, linking the Nusajaya region within Iskandar Malaysia to Singapore, Melaka, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur.

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