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HSR project terminated; Malaysia to compensate Singapore

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The HSR (High-Speed Rail) project between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur has been terminated after both sides failed to an agreement on the changes proposed by Malaysia.

Singapore and signed the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High-Speed Rail Bilateral Agreement (BA) in 2016. Construction of the HSR Project was subsequently suspended, from September 2018 to 31 December 2020, at Malaysia’s request following a of government in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had met  Prime Minister of YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin via videoconference on 2 December 2020 to review the status of the HSR Project, including changes proposed by Malaysia to the HSR Project.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said: “The Government of and the Government of Singapore wish to provide an update on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project in view of the expiry of the suspension period of the HSR Project on Dec 31, 2020.

“In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the Malaysian economy, the Government of had proposed several changes to the HSR Project. Both Governments had conducted several discussions with regard to these changes and had not been able to an agreement. Therefore, the HSR Agreement had lapsed on Dec 31, 2020.”

The MOT said in a media release that will compensate Singapore for costs already incurred by Singapore in fulfilling its obligations under the HSR BA in accordance with the Parties’ agreement.

“Our relationship with is deep and multi-faceted, and we look forward to continued good relations and close cooperation with Malaysia for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries,” MOT said in the media update on the HSR Project.

The HSR was slated to have seven stations and would have cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes, compared with over four hours by car and about five hours end-to-end by air.

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