KL-SG High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR)

Growth in Malaysia creates opportunities for Singapore

(Sept 2): Singapore and Malaysia are two countries with two systems — unlike China and Hong Kong, which are one country with two systems. But, 54 years after Singapore and Malaysia went their separate ways, the umbilical cord that links both countries has stayed in place. The 1.06km Johor-Singapore Causeway is the world’s busiest overland border crossing — 300,000 people cross it daily (or 109.5 million yearly).

Malaysia, Singapore vow to reach friendly end to water spat

(Apr 9): The leaders of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia agreed Tuesday to amicably resolve a long-running dispute over water that has stoked tensions for decades.

In a joint press briefing, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong said they are open to resolving a disagreement over water prices through arbitration. They also planned to proceed with delimiting the maritime boundary and resolving issues over airspace and a suspended high-speed rail project.

Malaysia to lead delegation to Singapore to discuss fate of HSR project

SINGAPORE (July 18): Malaysia will soon have a discussion with Singapore regarding the high-speed rail (HSR) project, according to Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Azmin will be leading a delegation to Singapore for the discussion with Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and to safeguard the diplomatic relationship between both countries by the end of the month.

According to examinations by Malaysia’s Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on the bilateral agreement for the HSR, there are clauses that will allow either country to opt out of the project.

Singapore knows Malaysia's KL-SG HSR plans: Mahathir

SINGAPORE (July 10): Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia has not given Singapore a full notice on the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR), as this decision requires the government to be mindful of the country’s resources.

“As far as the Singapore government is concerned, we have not given them a full notice yet, but they know what we want to do. Decisions are not so easy to make. When we make a decision and announce it, the market reacts negatively.

Singapore has spent $250 mil on HSR project so far; still awaits clarification from Malaysia

SINGAPORE (July 9): Since the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government came into power in Malaysia, it vowed to review all the mega projects that the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government has undertaken.

One of which is the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (KL-SG HSR). On May 28, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that he would scrap the project to curb unnecessary government spending.

See: Dr M vows to abort high-speed rail project with Singapore

Will review of mega projects harm or help Singapore?

SINGAPORE (May 21): Malaysia’s new government has pledged to review all the mega projects that the previous government undertook. Cancellations or delays could affect both the Singapore economy and local companies.  

Reset of relations?

SINGAPORE (May 21): Ever cautious, Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook post at 10.08am on May 10 noted how the outcome of the Malaysian election held a day earlier “represents a major change in Malaysian politics”.  

Pakatan Harapan had unseated the ruling Barisan Nasional with a majority of 122 seats in parliament. And, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, with whom relations had been fractious the first time around, was back in charge.  

KL-SG high-speed rail attracts 6 potential bidders for AssetCo tender

SINGAPORE (Apr 12): The joint tender called by SG HSR and MyHSR Corporation, for a private-financed assets company (AssetsCo) to work on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project has attracted six potential bidders, says Bernama news agency.

See: AssetsCo tender called for KL-Singapore HSR project

JB-SG Rapid Transit System to carry 10,000 passengers per hr per direction; need to clear customs only once

SINGAPORE (Jan 16): Johor Bahru-Singapore (JB-SG) Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) will have the capacity to carry up to 10,000 passengers per hour per direction.

This means that it is able to carry an addition capacity of 60,000 users crossing the Causeway during peak hours.

And in order to facilitate the passenger flow, the RTS Link will have co-located Custom, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities in both Bukit Chagar and Woodlands North.

One-way ticket on KL-SG HSR could cost $60-$65: ISEAS

SINGAPORE (Oct 6): The 350km high speed rail (HSR) that will link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to cost between $20 billion and $25 billion to build, estimates the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).

In 2006, YTL Corp had proposed that building the HSR will cost about $27 billion, says ISEAS senior fellow Francis E Hutchinson.

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