Connectivity and public transportation were issues that are very dear and close to my heart. Once completed, Malaysians will be able to have ‘nasi lemak’ in Kuala Lumpur, close deals over ‘chili crab’ in Singapore and be back for a dinner of ‘rendang’ with the family. The high-speed rail will enhance people-to-people ties and improve business linkages between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
– Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Singapore’s bilateral ties with Malaysia reached new heights today with the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail (HSR).
Malaysian PM Najib Razak and our very own Pinky Lee signed the MOU in Putrajaya earlier this afternoon.
The HSR has been termed as a “game-changer” that will boost connectivity, strengthen economic ties and forge closer ties between SG and MY.
Here’s a summary of the HSR:
The HSR is scheduled to be operational by 2026 (see CNA’s useful timeline below)
- The HSR will cut travel time between Singapore and Malaysia. The travel time from Singapore to KL will take just 90mins, excluding immigration clearance. Singapore to JB will take 10-15mins.
- The line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore.
- Each side will be responsible for developing, constructing and maintaining civil infrastructure and stations within their own countries.
- There will be a total of eight stops along the HSR – Singapore, Iskandar Puteri (Johor Bahru), Batu Pahat (Johor), Muar (Johor), Ayer Keroh (Malacca), Seremban (Negeri Sembilan), Putrajaya (seat of MA government) and KL. Singapore’s station will be located in Jurong
(Photo from CNA)
For everyone’s benefit, we really hope and pray that they can complete the high speed rail on schedule.