Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan

Singapore hopes to reach mutually acceptable outcome on HSR

SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Singapore hopes to reach a mutually acceptable outcome soon on the High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur with the republic, according to Singapore’s Ministry of Transport.

The ministry’s spokesperson noted that both sides were currently in discussions on Malaysia’s request to defer the project.

“We hope to reach a mutually acceptable outcome soon,” the spokesperson said in an email reply to Bernama today.

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

What does the decision to scrap the HSR project mean for Singapore?

SINGAPORE (June 8): The formerly lush greens and golf buggies at Jurong Country Club have given way to mud tracks and excavators as the club’s sprawling grounds were being prepped to be part of the iconic high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Plans for the HSR have since been scrapped, or at least put on hold, as the recently installed Malaysian government railed against how much it would have cost the country.

North-South Line tunnel flooding was preventable, says Khaw

SINGAPORE (Oct 16): Poor maintenance of the stormwater sump pits led to the major North-South Line (NSL) tunnel flooding incident two weekends ago, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a public briefing on the matter.

Khaw said there were standard anti-flooding systems with huge stormwater sump pits which could hold more than 5,000 cubic metres of rainfall.

On the evening of Oct 7, torrential rainwater had seeped in at Bishan station, causing the underground tunnel leading to Newton station to be submerged up to waist level.

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