KUALA LUMPUR, July 21, 2015:
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has called on all parties to stop making speculations regarding the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail link.
He pointed out that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong had already reached an agreement on the project.
“Negotiations are ongoing and everyone should wait until the MoU is signed.
“Any views put forward are only speculative and the government’s stand on this issue is very clear,” he said during a press conference today.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had suggested last month that the high speed rail link should end its service at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) centre in Johor Baru.
Its chief executive, Mohd Nur Ismal Mohd Kamal, said SPAD wanted to terminate the service at the present CIQ centre, but Singapore wanted the service to end at Jurong East.
“Just as we want to develop Bandar Malaysia, they too want to use the project to develop Jurong East.
“From our perspective, we will have to total control over the project if it ends at the CIQ because its within our borders. It is also closer to Orchard Road than Jurong East.
“We also have to considers the economic and commercial impact on Singapore before reaching an agreement,” he said.