No decision yet on KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project

Noel Achariam

Artist's impression of a KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail terminal. – Youtube pic, June 27, 2023.

PUTRAJAYA has not made a decision on the cancelled Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today.

Loke said it was unknown which company, if any, would be taking over the development.

He was replying to Senator Lim Pay Hen, who asked if Berjaya Corp would take over the project and rename it Berjaya Rail (B Rail).

“The government has not made any decision on the matter,” he told the Dewan Negara today.

“This is a mega project which involves Malaysia and Singapore,” Loke told Dewan Negara today.

Loke said any decision on the HSR has to be vetted.

“It has to go through a careful process and any decision has to be made cautiously.”

Loke said MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd will next week announce a request for information on the project. 

“Any company can prepare their proposal papers and suggestions (for the project).”

In January 2021, Malaysia and Singapore announced the cancellation of the 350km rail line after failing to reach an agreement on proposed changes.

The bilateral agreement signed in December 2016, was intended to encourage economic integration between the two countries.

In March 2021, Malaysia announced it had paid S$102.8 million (RM318 million) to the city-state for costs incurred in the development of the project and in relation to the extension of its suspension. – June 27, 2023.

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