Singapore, Malaysia agree to high-speed rail link between Singapore and KL

SINGAPORE — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak have agreed to build a High Speed Rail Link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, according to a joint statement issued during the Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat this morning.

Mr Najib said that the deadline for the completion of the high-speed rail link is 2020, and that the projected travel time will be 90 mins.

“It’s a strategic project for the two countries, it will change the way we see each other,” said Mr Lee. “I think it’s going to be a game-changer. It’s going to transform the way people interact, the intensity of our cooperation and the the degree to which we can inter-dependent on one another.”

The leaders have tasked the Iskandar Malaysia Joint Ministerial Committee to look into the details and modalities of the High Speed Rail Link.

The distance between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is roughly 350km. By comparison, London and Paris are about 480km apart, and the journey between the two cities is approximately two hours and 15 minutes aboard the Eurostar high-speed train.

This is a Boon to the growing friendship between our two countries to enhance connectivity and cooperation in every areas. Properties in KL would attract more Singaporean buyers.

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