Just today, Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced a piece of news that will change the way we travel to and fro Malaysia and Singapore. In a new conference, it was confirmed that the two countries have agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Targeted to be completed by 2020, the new link will allow travelers to cut short their travel time by leaps and bounds as it will take about only 90 minutes to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa.


Both Prime Ministers described the high-speed rail system as a strategic development in the bilateral relations, saying that it will dramatically improve the connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore. To the working crowd who often travel between the two, it serves as a major accessibility plus on top of the currently available modes of transportation such as flights and car/bus/train rides.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also added that it will usher in a new era of strong groth, prosperity, and opportunities for both countries. The link, a “game changer”, will also facilitate seamless travel between KL and Singapore, enhance business links, and bring peoples of Singapore and Malaysia closer together.

The leaders added that ultimately the project will give both countries greater stakes in each other’s prosperity and success.

However, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, it’s too early to reveal the costs of the project, which will be a public-private partnership with “very strong government participation” in which Malaysia will provide infrastructure support.

Sources: CNA, Bloomberg.

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