Friday, 22 July 2016

HSR S'pore-KL in just 90 minutes

New train between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will slice travel to a blazing 90 minutes

Singapore and Malaysia will build a high-speed rail linking the smaller island to Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur, its governments have announced.

The 350km line will shoot travellers at a top speed of 300km/h, allowing someone to go from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in just 90 minutes.

The equivalent journey takes about five hours by car on the highway, and 11 hours across existing train services, estimates Channel News Asia.

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SPORE & MSIA SIGN MOU FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL - EXPECTED TO RUN IN 2026
Today (19 Jul), Singapore and Malaysia have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project

When the HSR is in place, the travel time to get from Singapore to KL is 90 minutes. The ceremony took place at the Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia in Putrajaya. In Aug 2016, Singapore would call tender for advance engineering studies. Singapore and Malaysia are expected to joint tender for Joint Development partner. An agreement should be reached by the end of this year.

The construction of the HSR will commence from 2018 to 2025. The service will run in 2026, after a year of testing and commissioning. The HSR line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore. It will consist of eight stops - Singapore, Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and KL.

There are plans to co-locate the immigration offices of Singapore and Malaysia to better facilitate the clearing of customs for passengers.

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Malaysia, Singapore team up on bullet-train project
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak (right) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong smile during the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Tuesday. (EPA photo)

Malaysia and Singapore signed an agreement Tuesday to build an ambitious high-speed rail link touted as a first for Southeast Asia that will knit the historically fractious neighbours more closely together.

The 350-kilometre bullet-train line from the regional financial hub of Singapore to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur is expected to slash travel times to 90 minutes from the five or more hours by road today.

Authorities have yet to provide cost projections, but analyst estimates have been as high as $15 billion (525 billion baht), a potential bonanza for foreign railway contractors, as well as other businesses expected to feed off ancillary developments related to the project.

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Malaysia and Singapore to build high-speed rail link by 2026

Singapore and Malaysia are to build a high-speed rail link that will cut the travel time between the city-state and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes by 2026, their prime ministers said on Tuesday. The rail link, announced in February 2013, was initially expected to be operational by 2020 but the neighbours have cited complexities for the delay.

"One can have breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, lunch in Singapore and be back in time for dinner in Kuala Lumpur. This is the shape of things to come," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters after the signing ceremony, also attended by his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong.
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for the link with a bilateral agreement to be finalised by the end of the year, both sides said.

It takes about four hours to drive the more than 300 km (190 miles) from Singapore to the Malaysian capital.

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Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail tender to be called ‘within a year’ after MoU

The tender for the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is expected to be called within a year from the signing of an initial agreement tomorrow, said Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

He said his ministry is looking forward to the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the rail link between both governments in Putrajaya tomorrow. "Once the signing is done, the authorities will prepare the tender documents. The tender will be called within a year's time," he told reporters after attending an event.

The MoU will pave the way for detailed negotiations on the main bilateral agreement, which is expected to be signed by the end of this year, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

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KL-Singapore high-speed rail project a game changer, PM says
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (right) shakes hands with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Seri Perdana, July 19, 2016. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project will be a game changer for Malaysia and Singapore including for economic generation, lifestyle and property value, says Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said the project, which is due to complete in 2026, would also generate new impetus in terms of economic development along the way not only in the Klang Valley and Singapore but also towns in between.

“Beyond that we think the future of Malaysia and Singapore that is going to be visualised by 2026, we see a very exciting future and that future will be a reality once the project is operational,” he said.

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Malaysia and Singapore to build high-speed rail link by 2026

Singapore and Malaysia are to build a high-speed rail link that will cut the travel time between the city-state and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes by 2026, their prime ministers said on Tuesday.

The rail link, announced in February 2013, was initially expected to be operational by 2020 but the neighbours have cited complexities for the delay.

"One can have breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, lunch in Singapore and be back in time for dinner in Kuala Lumpur. This is the shape of things to come," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters after the signing ceremony, also attended by his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong.

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Asia Embraces Bullet Trains as Singapore-Malaysia Deal Looms

Asia is embracing bullet trains like never before. Singapore and Malaysia signed an agreement Tuesday that will bring a high-speed rail link to Kuala Lumpur by 2026. The long-envisioned plan, six years behind an earlier target completion date, follows a $5.5 billion project already underway in Indonesia. India last year chose Japan to build a $15 billion network, its first.

Asian nations are modernizing their transport infrastructure while China has set up the world’s biggest high-speed rail network. Japan has been running bullet trains for more than five decades now. As countries embrace the latest technology, it’s also pitting Chinese and Japanese manufacturers of super-fast trains against rivals such as Siemens AG and Bombardier Inc.

“It’s a good sign because generally investors are looking to see more inter-connectivity across Southeast Asia," said Alan Richardson, a Hong Kong-based fund manager at Samsung Asset Management. That "will help to provide greater resilience to, or less reliance on other developed economies and also, should provide a more stable geopolitical environment with increasing inter-connectivity,” he said.

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KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail to enhance ties, improve business linkages - PM
DATUK SERI NAJIB: Once completed, Malaysians will be able to have 'nasi lemak' in Kuala Lumpur, close deals over 'chili crab' in Singapore and be back for a dinner of 'rendang' with the family. -Filepix

The proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) will enhance people-to-people ties and improve business linkages between the two countries, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Thus, said the Prime Minister, Malaysia and Singapore had decided to take it a step further with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the project in Putrajaya tomorrow.

The event will be held in conjunction with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's one-day visit to Malaysia tomorrow.

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Singapore to KL on the High Speed Rail

When the High Speed Rail launches, travellers can go from Singapore to KL in 90 minutes. 


Here's a 90 second guide to what you can see at each stop along the way.

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Malaysia Singapore High Speed Rail to start on 2017

According to Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Dr Prodyutt Dutt , The high speed rail project connecting Malaysia and Singapore is expected to start on 2017 and to be completed within 5 years on 2022. Dr Prodyutt Dutt is the Chief Development officer for SPAD. 

According to him the tender and reward for the HSR project is expected to be finalized on 2017. SPAD will also be working closely with Singapore government to jointly decide on the project.

The project will be rewarded based on open tender basis. Currently a few countries not limited to Japan, China and France are keen to help Malaysia to develop the High Speed Rail project. Dutt also mentioned that HSR will bring immense positive benefits to both countries in terms of economy. Terminal cities will receive much economy boost as while as, cities in between the HSR. High speedrail is an initiative by government’s Economic Transformation Program which purpose is to help propel Malaysia into an advance economy by the year 2020.

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Bullet trains: Japan’s Shinkansen experience and Malaysia’s future

The planned high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is set to change the future of these two countries. After all, that is exactly what happened to Japan.

The country’s legendary bullet train system Shinkansen is key to the success story of a nation that emerged from World War II to become the Asian economic powerhouse it is today.

The Shinkansen has literally changed Japan’s landscape, connected its people in once unthinkably short times and set the stage for new economic and transport hubs.

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RM38.4b High Speed Rail Project Approved

Lawmakers last Friday 10 April 2015 approved the RM38.4 billion high speed rail (HSR) project which will connect Malaysia and Singapore and drive growth in the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor.

The government now has the mandate and funding needed to set up MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the company that will undertake the construction of the system. As an initial investment, Ministry of Finance Inc will invest in 10 million shares of MyHSR Corp for RM1 per share.

Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with services operational by 2020. As development of the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor enters its next stage, the case for the proposed HSR has never been stronger.

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S'pore to KL: Getting up to speed

This project was announced in February 2013; as at then, the expected completion date was put at year 2020. But due to the complex nature of work involved viz: the design and tender processes which is expected to take two years and the construction proper which is expected to take seven years, there was the need for a shift in date.

In the light of the above, we are told that we have to wait a little longer than the earlier date of 2020. The wait will be a worthwhile one. Imagine travelling between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes! This novelty in travelling is indeed worth the wait if permitted to speak for the sake of emphasis.

How Many Stopover do we expect? There will be only seven stops along the route of this rail to be served by a slower service alongside a nonstop option of an express.  The terminus in Malaysia will be in Bandar Malaysia. It is a 200-hectare project sitting on a land located in Songhai Besi. The terminus at the Singapore end is located at the present base of the Jurong country club.

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8 Facts about Singapore - Kuala Lumpur HSR

A key bilateral project for both Malaysia and Singapore, the historic Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) was first conceived in 2013. It was called a “game changer” which will strengthen economic ties, boost connectivity and forge closer ties between people of the two countries.

Work on the rail project will formally begin once the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is completed. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was in Putrajaya on Tuesday (19 July) for the signing of the agreement with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Below are some points to note for a better understanding of the HSR project:
  1. Commencement: Both Malaysia and Singapore are working towards starting the rail operations by 2026
  2. Stations: HSR will have eight stations, of which seven will be located in Malaysia
  3. Track: The rail project involves the construction of a new line with 350km long track, where 335km will be set in Malaysia and 15km in Singapore
  4. Service & operator: The HSR system will feature three services, with two separate operators – OpCo Domestic and OpCo International
  5. Country in charge: The Malaysia and Singapore governments will be responsible for developing, constructing and maintaining the stations and civil infrastructures within their own territories
  6. Travel time: With this, the HSR is expected to significantly reduce travel times between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to a mere 90 minutes
  7. Bilateral Committee: A Bilateral Committee will be implemented to handle all matters related to the Shuttle and Express Services
  8. Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ): The two countries have agreed to co-locate the Malaysia and Singapore Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) facilities at three locations, namely Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri
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Was the signing of the HSR agreement wise given Najib’s and 1MDB’s problems?

In light of new recent developments surrounding 1MDB, some have expressed concern at Singapore’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail (HSR).

Why is Singapore doing business with an allegedly corrupt government whose prime minister is under pressure for alleged fraud, they say.

Two points:
  • Eh, please lah. You think corruption is a new thing in Malaysia meh?
  • Small states do what they must to survive
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Speed bumps ahead for ambitious Singapore-KL high-speed rail link

A planned high-speed rail (HSR) connecting two major Southeast Asian commercial hubs, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, is a feather in the cap for regional economic integration but profitability and political manoeuvring may overshadow the ambitious project.

Officials last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the precursor to a legally-binding bilateral agreement at year-end, and an international tender will be called in August to appoint a joint development partner. So far, Japan has expressed interest in bidding, pointing to the spotless safety record and famed reliability of its Shinkasen bullet train, local media reported.

The HSR, due to start operations in 2026, is a big win for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has been pushing for deeper regional integration.

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Questions that Singapore parliament ought to answer about the High-Speed Rail project and 1MDB?

Just one day (July 19) before this news came out, Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia on the High-Speed Railway project that will link Singapore and Malaysia.

The MOU is said to guide the development of a legally-binding Bilateral Agreement to be signed by both Governments towards the end of this year. It also reiterates the two governments’ commitment to ensure that all project tenders are conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner, so as to encourage participation from technology and service providers worldwide.

However, as journalist, Bhavan Jaipragas wrote about the matter, there may be questions between the two matters that the parliament ought to answer.

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SDP raises questions about 1MDB and the KL- Singapore high-speed railway project

The SDP raises the following questions:
  • Why the rush to put pen to paper given the controversy embroiling 1MDB and the political uncertainty building up in Malaysia? Has the Singapore government exercised due diligence in proceeding with the HSR project?
  • How comfortable is PAP with the fact that CREC (owning majority control of Bandar Malaysia) is also bidding for the HSR operations? Can the PAP assure Singaporeans that the sale of Bandar Malaysia to CREC was conducted in a transparent manner?
  • Does Singapore have a say in which company is awarded the contract for the HSR project? How transparent is the award process? From media reports, it seems that the tender process has not even been agreed upon.
  • If 1MDB is crippled by the impending actions taken by multiple jurisdictions, how will the project proceed and what, if any, are the contingencies?
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that it is time to “pause and celebrate” the green light for the project. Given the circumstances, this might be premature.

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S'pore-KL HSR swallows another golf course

Raffles Country Club will have to hand over its land to the G by July 31, 2018 to make way for the new high-speed rail project. The site of the current golf club will be used to build the portal to the underground tunnels that will lead to the Jurong East terminal station. It will also be used as the western depot for the new Cross-Island Line, part of Singapore’s MRT system.

The Jurong East Terminal station itself will be built largely on the site of the former Jurong Country Club, which closed in December last year to make way for the rail project.

The Straits Times said that the site will also be used to build “at-grade tracks” – what’s that? A simple flip over to TODAY explained everything – these are crossover tracks. TODAY reported that some hapless ex-members of Jurong Country Club had bought memberships at Raffles Country Club and are now facing the same situation a second time. Golf clubs and high-speed railways just don’t seem to play well together.

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S'pore-KL High Speed Rail Agreement
The National flags of Singapore and Malaysia are seen before the signing of the High Speed Rail MOU at the Prime Minister's official residence on 19 July, 2016

Malaysia and Singapore have signed the High-Speed Rail (HSR) bilateral agreement that will cut travel time between both countries to just 90 minutes.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the landmark deal during the 7th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat here on Tuesday.

The agreement was signed at 5.15pm between Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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Locations of Raffles Country Club & Jurong Country Club

Update 20 Sep 2017: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway: Xinhua
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) speaks with PM Lee Hsien Loong during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sept 19, 2017. FOTO: AFP

China hopes that Singapore will support Chinese enterprises that wish to participate in the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed railway project, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday (Sep 19), according to state news agency Xinhua.

"China has cutting-edge, safe & reliable, cost-effective high-speed railway technology," Premier Li said during his talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Xinhua reported. PM Lee is on an official visit to China from Sep 19 to 21.


Singapore & Malaysia are building the 350km high-speed rail linking Singapore & Kuala Lumpur. Targeted to be operational by end-2026, the railway line will cut travel time between the 2 cities to 90 minutes.

related: China's rail ambitions run at full speed

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Premier Li hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway

China hopes Singapore will support Chinese enterprises who wish to participate in the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed railway project, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.

"China has cutting-edge, safe and reliable, cost-effective high-speed railway technology," Li said in his talks with visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to build a 360-km high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which is expected to start operation by December 2026 and cut travel time to about 90 minutes. Singapore welcomes Chinese businesses to the project, Lee said.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes for Singapore support in high-speed railway: Xinhua

During his meeting with Mr Li, Mr Lee said that Singapore welcomes Chinese businesses to the project. In an interview with Xinhuanet, Xinhua’s official website, last Saturday, Mr Lee said: “We hope to receive China’s proposals.”

“I think China’s bid will be a high quality one,” he added,  noting that the joint railway project is “very significant” for Singapore and Malaysia. He said China has advanced technology and rich experience in high speed railway construction and operation, boasting a domestic network of tens of thousands kilometers in length.

The Singaporean prime minister praised China’s high speed railway service for providing passengers with convenience and comfort. “Very convenient, smooth and comfortable,” Mr Lee recalled his previous experiences of taking high speed trains in China.

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HSR S'pore-KL in just 90 minutes