HSR project not important for now: Dr M

by AFIQ AZIZ/ FILE PIX

THE scrapped Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) is not important now, Malaysia can wait between 10 to 20 years to have such rail system former, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister (PM) said, in general, high speed rail system is used to cut a significant length of travelling time, and this does not implied for Malaysia-Singapore HSR project.

“The system must cater a long distance route, so the time savings will be significant.

“But with only 300km length of line, it may only saves you about 15 minutes and yet you have to invest billion ringgit of money,” he told the press in Putrajaya today.

“Since the inception, I never thought that this project is important,” he added.

In a joint statement on Jan 1, PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, announced the termination of the HSR project following the expiration of the project agreement on Dec 31, 2020, after both countries failed to reach an agreement on changes proposed by Malaysia.

The leaders said both countries would honour their respective obligations and proceed with the necessary actions following the termination of the agreement.

On Dec 13, 2016, Malaysia and Singapore signed a bilateral agreement for the HSR project implementation that is slated for completion in 2026 and will shorten the travel period between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes.

Read our previous report here:

KL-Singapore HSR project terminated, Malaysia to pay compensation