Singapore transport ministry denies meeting Azmin on HSR

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Singapore’s transport ministry today denied Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali’s claim that he had met with senior officials from the republic to discuss the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

Today Online quoted a spokesman from the ministry who said no meeting was scheduled between Azmin and the Singapore officials overseeing the project, nor had any meeting taken place.

“As of Aug 6, 2018, the Malaysian government has not provided the clarifications sought by Singapore and has not communicated its proposed dates for such discussions,” the spokesman said in the report.

Yesterday, Azmin said he had met with senior officials from Singapore to discuss the project during a visit to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in the city-state on Sunday.

“The meeting went well,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

He also said a discussion on the HSR would be held between Malaysia and Singapore this month.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously said that the Malaysian government would hold discussions with Singapore to delay the implementation of the project.

The Pakatan Harapan government also said the actual cost for the 350km railway linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore was RM110 billion, double the figure of RM55 billion previously announced by the Barisan Nasional administration.