Malaysia and Singapore has signed an agreement to postpone the high-speed rail project for 2 years

Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan (left) and Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali at the signing ceremony in Putrajaya.
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Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali and Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan signed an agreement on Wednesday (Sept 5) to postpone work on the two countries’ proposed high-speed rail (HSR) until May 31, 2020.

The ceremony took place at Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur. Both Mr Azmin and Mr Khaw met twice in recent weeks to resolve the issue before agreeing to postponement the project with no fine.

The signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was witnessed by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is in Malaysia for a visit; as well as by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Malaysia has also agreed to bear the costs for the delay and reimburse Singapore S$15 million by end-January 2019 for abortive costs incurred by the postponement.

The HSR express service between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is now expected to commence by Jan 1, 2031, instead of the original date of Dec 31, 2026.