KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dec 2016:

Postponement of the signing of the bilateral agreement between Malaysia and Singapore for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) project will not affect its implementation.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the agreement was originally scheduled to be signed on Dec 5 but after a meeting, Singapore’s Minister of Transport, Khaw Boon Wan, informed they need a little more time.

In a statement issued today, Abdul Rahman said the agreement would be signed on Dec 21. “It is only two weeks overdue and within the timeframe set.”

The 350km railway line will cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes.

The HSR terminal in Singapore is located at Jurong East while Malaysia has seven stations – at Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the HSR project in Putrajaya on July 19.

The HSR project, which is to be funded jointly by the two countries, is expected to begin construction next year and expected to be operational in 2026.

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