Singapore: Talks on Malaysia’s request to defer HSR ongoing

SINGAPORE: Discussions with Singapore on Malaysia’s request to defer the High Speed Rail (HSR) project are ongoing, according to Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MoT).

“The HSR bilateral agreement remains in force, unless Singapore and Malaysia mutually agree to vary it,” the ministry’s spokesperson said in an email to Bernama.

Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali met on Aug 23 in Kuala Lumpur to continue the discussion they earlier had on Aug 11 on the project.

It was earlier reported by The Straits Times that the two countries had agreed to put the HSR on hold after the ministers in charge met on Aug 23, with senior officials now tasked with negotiating the terms of the deferment.

Quoting sources, the report said both countries are studying how long the project should be shelved for before returning to the discussion table.