SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Putrajaya in Malaysia on Tuesday (Dec 13), where he and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of a bilateral agreement for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR).
The agreement will be signed by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan at the 7th Malaysia-Singapore leaders’ retreat, the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement on Monday.
“The signing of the bilateral agreement is a culmination of intensive bilateral discussions since the 2013 leaders’ retreat, and furthers the good progress made by both sides since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in July 2016.”
It added that the signing of the bilateral agreement also demonstrates the two governments’ commitment to the project.
Slated for completion by 2026, the high-speed rail is expected to cut travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to about 90 minutes. The line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore.
There will be eight stations in total, with the two terminal stations at Jurong East in Singapore and Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
When completed, the HSR will boost connectivity, strengthen economic ties and strengthen people-to-people linkages, said the PMO.
Mr Lee will be accompanied by Mrs Lee and several Cabinet ministers besides Mr Khaw. This includes Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli and Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng.
Also part of the delegation: Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee and Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min.