Even though most of the public will be disheartened, Singapore and Malaysia has discussed and made the decision to defer the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR). This brings a clearer direction for this campaign, which was mentioned by Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on the Facebook site.
These 2 nations decided to defer the launch of the campaign to the end of May in 2020, where there will be rail services from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in the 1st of January in 2031, which was previously announced as 31st of December in 2026.
The changed agreement was signed by Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali and Mr Khaw at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
In regards to the delay in the project, Malaysia has to reimburse a total sum of $15 million to cover for the costs. This sum will be paid to Singapore.
The Singapore Deupty Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean who was present at the signing of the changed agreement, mentioned on the Facebook site that, “Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Minister Azmin Ali put in their all to achieve an end-result that will benefit the two countries. This ensures great collaboration between the 2 countries in many years to come.”
It is ideal that the journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur through this rail service is shortened from 5 hours, to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The targeted 350km-long High-Speed Rail line is among the campaigns that was proposed by the former Malaysian government to be evaluated following the Pakatan Harapan in May, which was a significant milestone.
Soon after the election results were released that they have won, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad publicized proposals to call off the HSR proposal because it will not benefit Malaysia and will incur a large amount of capital.
Fast forward to July, he then stated that the Malaysian government will discuss and work out for a defer of this HSR campaign to minimize any costs.