Singapore, Malaysia look forward to bringing RTS link project to fruition: MOT

Singapore, Malaysia look forward to bringing RTS link project to fruition: MOT

Khaw and Loke Aug 23, 2018
Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia Transport Minister Anthony Loke. (Photo: Facebook/Anthony Loke Siew Fook)

SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and his Malaysian counterpart Anthony Loke met in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (Aug 23) where they discussed "a broad range of transport issues", said Singapore's Ministry of Transport (MOT). 

These include the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project and the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) Tebrau shuttle service.

"The ministers look forward to strengthening transport collaboration, and to bring the RTS link project to fruition, which will ease congestion at our existing land checkpoints," said an MOT spokesperson. 

The RTS link, which could reduce congestion on the Causeway by up to 15 per cent, was meant to be completed by 2024.

But the deadline to form a joint venture company to operate the RTS was missed earlier this year, amid uncertainty over the project as the new Malaysian government reviewed agreements signed by the previous administration.

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Mr Loke said last month that the Malaysian government remains committed to the RTS project, and that a working paper on the project will be presented to its Cabinet soon for approval.

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Mr Khaw also met Malaysia's Minister of Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali in Putrajaya, a Ministry of Transport spokesperson confirmed in a later statement.

The two met "to continue the discussion they had on Aug 11 on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project", said the spokesperson.

In a Facebook post on Thursday evening after the meeting, Mr Azmin said he and Mr Khaw had a "thorough and detailed discussion".

"We are optimistic of a win-win resolution soon," Mr Azmin added.

READ: Khaw Boon Wan, Azmin Ali agree to continue HSR discussions "in the coming weeks"

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad previously said his government would discuss with Singapore how to postpone the HSR project.

He had announced earlier this year that Malaysia would drop the project, saying it would not benefit his country.

Source: CNA/zl/(gs/ra)

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