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Old April 21st, 2011, 06:11 AM   #121
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Coming to end April already. Is the feasibility study out yet? How long they need to study? And how much they need to spend on studying?
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Old June 8th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #122
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The feasibility study report is way over due. Where is it?
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Old June 9th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #123
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Don't wait for it. Although it makes perfect sense for a HSR line, the bulk of traffic will be between Singapore and KL. The line will not be economical if it terminates at JB.

Malaysia is reluctant because building such as line is effectively giving Sg a free ride. Singapore, on the other hand, has no intention of investing in a cross border link that run against their own economic interests.


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A new biometric fingerprint scanning system at the two checkpoints going into Johor Bahru caused major traffic jams over the weekend.
Both the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints saw snaking queues of cars from Malaysia customs all the way into Singapore. In some cases, motorists had to wait up to seven hours before they cleared JB customs, reported The Straits Times.
The system, implemented four days ago, could not cope with the higher-than-usual number of tourists heading to Malaysia due to the weekend and June school holidays.
The immigration clearance took as long as five minutes for each tourist, five times longer than the Immigration Department's target of one minute per tourist.
The new system requires foreigners entering and leaving the country to have their left and right index fingers scanned at entry and exit points, while tourists only needed to have their passports stamped previously.
Many tourists took at least 90 minutes to pass through immigration, forcing many of them to change or scrap their holiday plans.
S. Karasima, 55, who booked a one-day visit to Malacca with a tour group, said the trip was cancelled and the group went on a tour of Johor Baru instead after he got stuck at the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoint at Johor Bahru.
"It is unreasonable to make us wait for so long for immigration clearance. Do you have any idea how tiring it was to stand for almost two hours just to get through Immigration?," he said to Malaysian newspaper, the New Straits Times.
It was the same situation as well over at the Tuas Second Link checkpoint, with most cars and buses taking about 150 minutes just to reach the complex in Malaysia.
Checks with local tour guides showed about 60 tour coaches at Johor Bahru and 100 at the Second Link were affected by the delays. About 6,400 tourists were affected, most of them Singaporeans and Japanese.
Malaysia Tour Guides Council president Jimmy Leong told the same paper the snarling traffic delay was a serious blow to Malaysia's tourism industry as tourists would have a bad impression of the country.
According to him, while it usually takes about 20 minutes for each coach to get clearance, it took 90 minutes on Sunday, and this excludes the waiting time each coach to reach the complex from the Causeway.
"My Japanese customers are so angry that they blamed me for not informing them about the situation at the checkpoint. They were supposed to reach Malacca by 12.30pm. However, they only managed to have their passports stamped at that time.
"Their one-day Malacca tour was scrapped as a result of the delay."
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad urged travellers to be patient with the new security system, which is aimed at curbing transboundary crimes and terrorism threats, as they ironed out the problems.
"For some people, it takes only a minute. For others, it takes about two to three minutes. We welcome feedback and will improve the system as soon as possible."
Alias also urged Singaporean motorists to apply for the Malaysia Automated Clearance System at any Immigration office for faster immigration clearance as they do need to have their fingers scanned after their first visit.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 02:56 AM   #124
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Study on KL-S'pore high-speed rail
By JOHN LOH Friday August 5, 2011
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Findings of pre-feasibility study to be known in a few weeks

Ahmad Suhaili Idrus

KUALA LUMPUR: A pre-feasibility study for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) system will be concluded in a few weeks, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) director Ahmad Suhaili said.

“The findings of this study will allow the Government to decide on where to place key stations.

“However, a more detailed study would have to follow to further refine the project's plan,” he said at a briefing on half-year results for six focus areas in the Government Transformation Programme.

Ahmad heads both the Urban Public Transport national key results area (NKRA) and Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley national key economic area (NKEA).

It was also revealed that the My Rapid Transit (MRT) system will have independent monitors to ensure proper delivery and governance of the RM20bil intra-city rail project.

Pemandu director for Corruption NKRA Ravindran Devagunam said the monitoring would be from “cradle to the grave”, adding that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Auditor-General (AG) would be the monitors from the public sector.

He said this would be the first time the AG was involved in the oversight mechanism at the beginning of a project rather than at the end, which was the usual practice.

Pemandu is also looking at enlisting professional bodies, engineers and non-governmental organisations as independent monitors for the MRT.

In March, the Land Public Transport Commission, which oversees the implementation of the MRT and HSR, announced the appointment of consulting firm McKinsey as the Government's value management study consultant to scrutinise the plans and obtain optimum cost efficiency for the MRT.

The MRT and HSR are both large-scale projects under the Economic Transformation Programme.

The HSR, estimated to cost RM8bil to RM14bil, will stretch about 400km and reduce travelling time between KL and Singapore to 90 minutes from the current seven hours.

However, analysts have said that a key challenge facing the Government in these projects was coming up with the required funding.

In the MRT's case, it was reported that the Government will create a special-purpose vehicle to raise bonds to finance the project.

Analysts said bonds issued by the Government would be deemed as part of government debt by some rating agencies.

“The more bonds issued by the Government, the higher our debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, which is an indicator used by rating agencies to determine a country's sovereign rating,” a fixed-income analyst said.

On the HSR, analysts said its cost would put a drag on the Government's finances, suggesting instead that enhancing KTM Bhd's existing services and infrastructure might be a better option.
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Old November 8th, 2011, 05:53 AM   #125
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KL-S'pore high-speed rail link gets a rethink
2011/11/08 By Minderjeet Kaur and Ling Poh Lean
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/2non/Article/

KUALA LUMPUR: The government may go ahead with the high-speed train between the capital city and Singapore.

The project is expected to cut rail travelling time from the usual seven hours, to just two.

Various policymakers and government agencies involved in improving public transport in the country are studying the issue in detail.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the government would wait for feedback from its Singaporean counterparts.

"It now depends on the Singaporean government to allow us to carry out the project as the track will go into their land," he said.

The train is expected to travel at 250 to 300kph.

It is learnt that some transport agencies involved in the planning had proposed to have stops in Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

"People can hop on the train at KL Sentral or at other stops and reach Singapore in just under two hours.

"It can be viable as we will have more people travelling between both countries."

He said it might also become the main source of transport as people would be able to get to their destination faster than travelling by air.

"Travellers will not have to go through the hassle of check-in and check-out or having to hire a taxi from the airport to the business district," he added.

He said the government agencies involved in the planning were also looking at immigration matters and the number of visitors the train would attract to Malaysia.

The project was first mooted by the YTL Group in 2006 but it was not given the green light by the government because of the high cost involved.

But it was cited as a high-impact project in the Economic Transformation Programme.

In August, the Land Public Transport Commission conducted a pre-feasibility study on the project's economic viability and impact assessment.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 03:28 AM   #126
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KL-Singapore high-speed rail project on track
By Sharen Kaur and Zuraimi AbdullahPublished: 2011/11/09
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...#ixzz1dAfhCjhc

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It is believed that up-and-coming rail tycoon Tan Sri Ravindran Menon has teamed up with UEM Group to vie for the project.
Kuala Lumpur: The high-speed rail system linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore could take shape by next year, with three groups leading the early race to win the multi-billion ringgit job, people familiar with the plan said.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is expected to start a feasibility study on the project early next year.

The commission had already completed a pre-feasibility study, SPAD chief development officer Azmi Abdul Aziz told Business Times.

SPAD will undertake a feasibility study next, which should take six to 12 months to complete, Azmi added.

If feasible, the project is estimated to cost as much as RM12 billion, with the interested parties offering either European or Chinese technologies.

It is believed that up-and-coming rail tycoon Tan Sri Ravindran Menon has teamed up with UEM Group to vie for the project.

Ravindran controls Skypark Terminal, which recently received an offer from the government to undertake a RM1.5 billion rail project.

The project is to connect the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) station in Subang Jaya, Selangor, to the Skypark Terminal at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Business Times understands that the Ravindran-UEM venture made a presentation to the government early this year, specifically on the more than 300km high speed rail line.

Sources said they planned to lay railway lines parallel to the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Malacca to Johor Baru, before connecting to Singapore.

Others said to be in the running for the job are China Infraglobe Consortium-Global Rail Sdn Bhd and YTL Corp Bhd.

China Infraglobe-Global Rail consortium last made a submission for the job in 2009.

To date, it has yet to make a revised proposal to the government, a company official said.

YTL group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, who is in New York, declined to comment when asked if the company had made a fresh submission.

YTL, operator of the KLIA Express, first mooted the idea to build a high-speed rail in the late 1990s and again in 2006.

The project was put on hold in April 2008 due to high cost, which was estimated at RM8 billion.

In the middle of 2009, YTL expressed hope that the government would relook at the proposal.

It said it would build the rail line on the coastline of Peninsular Malaysia, rather than that mooted in an earlier proposal of building on the existing track.

Last year, the government said it would revive the project.

It was highligted as a high impact project in the government's Economic Transformation Programme roadmap in a bid to increase economic activities.

Yesterday, the government reiterated that it may go ahead with the project.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said it would wait for feedback from its Singaporean counterparts as the track would go into its land.

Germany's Siemens had previously offered its solutions to the project.

It proposed the use of its Velaro trains, which have a top speed of 350kph.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #127
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High-speed rail initiative not driven by any private sector proposal
Nov 10, 2011 By SHARIDAN M. ALI
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...2&sec=business

PETALING JAYA: The proposed high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is not driven by any proposal from the private sector. Instead, said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, the project would take shape based largely on its needs and viability.

“This HSR plan will ultimately depend on the need to have such infrastructure, although there have been a number of proposals received. We are starting afresh this time around in terms of concept, alignment and infrastructure plan,” he told StarBiz yesterday.

In comparison, the multi-billion ringgit MRT project was first initiated and proposed by a joint venture between MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd that subsequently become the MRT project delivery partner.

Mohd Nur confirmed that pre-feasibility studies for the HSR project had just been completed.

He added that the tender for the feasibility studies would be opened before year-end and work would start early next year. There had also been an open tender for the pre-feasibility studies.

In March, SPAD was quoted as saying other considerations to weigh in looking at the HSR were the impact on other parallel transportation as well as the demand and supply.

On the cost of the project, Mohd Nur said it was too early to estimate at this point, adding that it would become clearer after all the tender exercises were done.

It has been reported that the KL-Singapore HSR could cost between RM8bil and RM14bil depending on the technology used.

As for the need for the HSR, Frost & Sullivan vice-president, Asia Pacific transportation & logistics practice, and country head, Malaysia, Gopal R was quoted in StarBiz as saying the KL-Singapore link was a critical and landmark connection that needed to be established through high-speed rail.

Gopal said that with the services sector earmarked as a growth engine for the next decade, high-speed rail connectivity could greatly help organisations to leverage on the Greater KL to establish larger offices with competent workforce that could commute most effectively between KL and markets like Singapore.

HSR was a proposal that was cited as a high-impact project under the Economic Transformation Programme.

About a year ago, it was reported that a proposal for a high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore using the magnetic levitation (maglev) technology would soon be submitted to the Government.

A maglev train system connects Shanghai’s Pudong airport with the Chinese city’s financial district and was the first installation of its kind in the world.

The journey of 30km takes about seven minutes. The maglev train in Shanghai can reach speeds of up to 350kph in two minutes, although new-generation trains being developed using this technology can go even faster.

The maglev proposal was reported to compete with that of the conventional high-speed rail network, an idea first mooted by the YTL Group. Its technology partner then was said to be Germany’s Siemens, a global expert in high-speed rail technology.

YTL first proposed to the Government on the need of HSR in the late-1990s, soon after the completion of the rail link between Kuala Lumpur and the KL International Airport, but the plan was shelved then.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 12:09 PM   #128
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Malaysia, Singapore studying high-speed link
Published: 2011/11/24
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Malaysia and Singapore are still studying a possible high-speed rail project linking the two countries, Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed said in Singapore today. Such a project may take several years, he said. -- Bloomberg
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Old November 25th, 2011, 05:51 AM   #129
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FDI surge expected 9-month figure surpasses last year’s RM29.3bil
By EUGENE MAHALINGAM Friday November 25, 2011
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SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s foreign direct investment (FDI) for the first nine months this year has surpassed the figure recorded in 2010, according to International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

“Based on current trends (in light of the economic concerns in Europe and the United States), FDI for the first three quarters will exceed the US$9.1bil (RM29.3bil) achieved for the whole of last year,” he said at the Malaysia-Singapore Business Forum 2011 yesterday.

Mustapa said the FDI figure for the first three quarters of 2011 would be revealed soon.

“We saw a pick-up in FDI this year. Malaysia has been blessed in terms of FDI and private investments,” he said, without elaborating.

On the outlook for 2012, he said: “Next year, it’s unknown. But with good growth in China, India and Asean, the prospects look good for Malaysia.”

FDI surged to RM21.3bil in the first six months of 2011 compared with RM12.1bil in the previous corresponding period.

The Government had targeted total FDI to hit US$10bil (RM32bil) this year.

Separately, Mustapa encouraged Singaporean companies to tap opportunities in Malaysia in areas such as the east coast.

“Don’t just look at Iskandar (Malaysia) but also areas where Singapore is under-represented, such as the east coast or Sabah and Sarawak.”

He encouraged Singaporean companies to invest in the local services sector and high-end electronics.

Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said one viable sector that Malaysia and Singapore could benefit from was in “cruise tourism”.

He said the cruise business in Europe and the United States was huge and that it should be replicated by both Malaysia and Singapore.

Lim also advised Singaporean companies to keep abreast of developments in Malaysia, which he said had been “moving fast” of late.

“Singaporean companies should take advantage of this,” he said, adding that Malaysia and Singapore should find ways to complement and compete with each other in ways that would benefit both nations.

Singapore is Malaysia’s largest trading partner. From January to September 2011, trade between the two countries grew 20.5% to RM120.06bil from RM107.22bil a year earlier.

On another note, Mustapa said the Government would embark on a second pre-feasibility study on the viability of the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail system.

He said the first study, “Pre-feasibility 1A,” was concluded in September while the second study, “Pre-feasibility 1B,” would begin next year and could take eight to nine months to complete.

The Malaysia-Singapore Business Forum 2011 was hosted by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and was co-organised by the Singapore Business Federation and International Enterprise Singapore.

Themed “Enhancing Strategic Partnership,” the event was attended by over 700 participants.

It featured a panel discussion with speakers including Mustapa, Lim, Singapore Business Foundation chairman Tony Chew, Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing Pte Ltd senior vice-president for corporate development Oh Chong Ho, YCH Group Ltd chief executive officer Robert Yap and Malaysia-Singapore Business Council representative Datuk Ghazali Yusoff.

The panel discussion was moderated by former CNN and CNBC personality Lorraine Hahn.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #130
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Colas Rail tracking high-speed train project
By Sharen KaurPublished: 2011/11/28
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French group Colas Rail, the recent winner for part of a light rail extension work, plans to bid for the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“We constructed almost half of all the existing high-speed lines in France linking major cities in Europe and have the expertise and manpower.

“We believe we can do the job in Malaysia,” Colas chairman and chief executive officer Patrick Guenole told Business Times in a recent interview.

The company also plans to bid for two major high-speed rail projects in Russia and Morocco with its partners. The projects in Russia and Morocco are worth US$17 billion (RM54 billion) and ?2 billion (RM8.5 billion), respectively.

Colas and a local partner won a RM674 million contract in June this year to do the electrical and mechanical system for the Kelana Jaya LRT extension line.

The project could take shape next year but it will depend on a feasibility study by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

SPAD will undertake the feasibility study on the project early next year, which will be completed in six to 12 months. The commission had completed a pre-feasibility study.

Last Friday, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed reportedly said results of the pre-feasibility study have been positive.

“ ... certainly it is a necessity (to have the train). I think it is a question of numbers, cost and benefits,” he told a press conference after the Malaysia-Singapore Business Forum.
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Posco plans KL ops centre for railway jobs
Sharen KaurPublished: 2011/12/23
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POSCO Engineering & Construction Co Ltd of Korea is setting up an operations centre here to jointly bid for railway projects with local parties, a key official said.

Posco and its unit Posco Engineering Co Ltd (formerly Daewo Engineering Co) have bid for system works for the Ampang light rail transit (LRT) line extension project in a consortium with Japan's Sojitz Group.

The tender closed on June 16, attracting eight bidders.

Business Times reported on Wednesday that the consortium has emerged as the odds-on favourite to win the contract, worth about RM1.1 billion.

If it wins, the LRT contract will be Posco's maiden project in Malaysia.

Posco Engineering infrastructure marketing group railway and mass transit executive vice-president Moon-Ki Kim said Posco will set up the operations centre in Ampang upon winning the LRT contract.

"We are considering the LRT contract as a base project for future railway jobs here," Moon-Ki said yesterday at a media briefing on its plans in Malaysia.

Moon-Ki said Posco is also eyeing contracts for the mass rapid transit (MRT) and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project.

Just this week, Posco submitted a pre-qualification document to MRT Co for track laying and power conductor rails for the MRT system.

Moon-Ki said the company plans to offer its expertise in electrical, mechanical and signalling system and the building of stations.

Posco has been the key contractor for several large projects in Korea, like the US$1.04 billion (RM3.31 billion) Busan-Gimhae LRT and the US$3.1 billion (RM9.86 billion) Incheon International Airport-Seoul MRT.

It is currently involved in the US$903 million (RM2.87 billion) Ui-Sinseol light rail subway, US$1.29 billion (RM4.1 billion) Daegu 3rd Metro line and the US$2 billion (RM6.36 billion) Incheon 2nd Metro line.

Besides railway projects, Posco is also targeting power plant projects and contracts for architectural design building works in Malaysia.

"We understand that Malaysian companies don't have enough technology to install power supply system. We want to come in and help them to develop the technology," Moon-Ki said.

"We see a lot of potential in Malaysia. Apart from securing projects, we will be contributing to the country's economy by providing employment and transfer of technology," he added.

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POSCO (formerly Pohang Iron and Steel Company) is a multinational steel-making company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea. It is the world's third-largest steelmaker by market value and the most profitable Asia-based steelmaker. POSCO currently operates two steel mills in South Korea, in Pohang and Gwangyang. In addition, POSCO operates a joint venture with U.S. Steel, USS-POSCO, which is located in Pittsburg, California.
With the strong Korean shipbuilding and automotive industry dependent on POSCO for steel, it has been seen as the bedrock of Korea's industrial development over the past 40 years.
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Consultant to be appointed soon for high speed KL-Singapore rail link
By SHARIDAN M. ALI Monday March 5, 2012
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business

PETALING JAYA: The plan for a high speed rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is gaining traction as it is now at a feasibility study stage.

It is learnt that the Land and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has issued a tender for the study last December, and the appointment of a consultant is expected to be announced soon, sources familiar with the matter confirmed.

Contrary to recent news report, the idea for a HSR did not come from a proposal from the private sector but from the Performance Management and Delivery Unit laboratory.

“The feasibility study would include a detailed commercial and technical assessment, before a decision could be made on the project,” said the source.

HSR services, pioneered by Japan in the 1960s, gained prominence in Asia after South Korea, Taiwan and China introduced the service in the last 10 years. Some of these companies have been quite profitable.

For example, the Taipei-Kaohsiung HSR, a 345km line with six intermediate stops, had carried over 30 million passengers in 2011, and had been generating operating profit since 2009 its third year of operation.

If everything goes well in Malaysia with the HSR study, the source said new HSR tracks would be required, as KTM Bhd (KTMB) uses the metre gauge track which allowed the train to travel at only 130km per hour on average.

“High speed rail trains run on the broader standard gauge with an average speed of 250km an hour,” said a source.

This would translate into a journey of less than 90 minutes between KL and Singapore.

According to the source, the feasibility study would also be identifying an alignment for the Kuala LumpurSingapore HSR.

“A potential alignment that is being considered is for it to be closer to the coastal areas, which would provide better connectivity to the towns currently not covered by KTMB.

“As the TaipeiKaohsiung HSR has six intermediate stops, it might be feasible for the KLSingapore HSR to have several stops before reaching Singapore,” said the source.

Historically, a new high speed rail line could lead to enhanced economic activities.

A relevant comparison is Lille in northern France which has been transformed from a town with high unemployment rate into a high speed rail cross-road and the third largest economic centre in France, since the introduction of the service in the 1990s. It was recently reported that China Railway Co had submitted a proposal for the HSR. However, the market talk has been denied by SPAD.

The recent buzz project has also garnered interest from other global companies including South Korean Posco Engineering & Construction Ltd and US-based General Electric.

Posco has set up an operation centre in Malaysia with the intention to jointly bid for railway projects in the country with a local party, while General Electric plans to sell its locomotives.

Siemens had also voiced its interest to play a part in the high speed rail service.

Many emerging economies such as Brazil, India and Thailand are currently conducting their own feasibility studies on the viability of the high speed rail service.

“It is hoped that SPAD would conduct a thorough analysis and make its findings available to the public,” said the source.
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Making Kuala Lumpur a great place to live in
Tuesday April 3, 2012
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business

The Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley NKEA 2020 targets are to be in the top 20 most livable cities list and the top 20 in economic growth.

The goals under this NKEA are to be realised through the implementation of nine Entry Point Projects (EPPs) and the two business opportunities. These include improving the city’s attractiveness to foreign multinational companies (MNCs) and foreign talent, putting in place an efficient public transport system and enhancing the ambience of the city by improving its physical environment through various initiatives.

Intensive efforts are ongoing to upgrade the water quality of Kuala Lumpur’s main rivers and beautifying and developing its surroundings via the River of Life EPP, going green through the planting of more trees in the city, developing iconic places within the city and providing comfortable walkways for the pedestrians.

There are also plans to enhance solid waste management and sewerage services for the metropolis, as well as efforts to improve housing opportunities and to vitalise Putrajaya.

It is envisaged that initiatives under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley NKEA would contribute RM190bil in GNI over the next 10 years and create over 300,000 jobs.

Achievements for 2011 have been good, with 16 KPIs meeting targets. Out of these, at least eight KPIs have surpassed targets.

Falling short of expectation were the KPIs for a biogas plant for food waste, improvement of pedestrian walkways, talent attraction programme and the website and portal improvement.

The Government is upping the ante with new critical targets for 2012.

This year’s KPIs include concluding Letters of Intent for 10 MNCs’ operational headquarters relocation in Greater KL/KV; 600 employment generation and 10 branding InvestKL activities.

“For the Returning Expat Programme, the KPI is to have 1,200 expatriates return to Malaysia. The Residence Pass Programme is targeting for 800 approved passes, while the Employment Pass (Category II) intends to approve 300 passes. This year will also see the development of a diaspora database,” the report said.

On infrastructure, the feasibility study for the high-speed rail was due for completion. The Government also aims to have 100% completion of land required for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang My Rapid Transit line, and all elevated civil underground and depot packages are to be awarded, among others.

This year would see completion of the Heritage Trail Route 1 (National Museum to Medan Pasar), Reviving Medan Pasar and Heritage Trail Routes two to four, as well as the upgrading of Masjid Jamek, and land matters, planning approvals and detail design for Malaysia Truly Asia Centre (MTAC).

Also, there would be a 12km upgrade of non-covered pedestrian network system.

In terms of environment protection, the Government expects 15% completion of River Beautification Construction for Phase 1 under the River of Life project, and 30,000 trees to be planted.

The Government also expects a 100% roll-out of Separation at Source Scheme (Household Wastes) in Kuala Lumpur through distribution of bins to landed property; and Issuance of Letter of Approval to successful contractor via Private Public Partnership for the setting up of Food Waste Treatment Plant (Composting or Anaerobic Digestion) for food waste.

In addition, the Government was targeting a 45% construction progress for rationalisation projects of Old Klang Road; 20% sewer rehabilitation projects in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya; and 18% regionalisation of sewerage treatment Lot 130, Klang.
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Malaysia still keen on high-speed rail link
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2012/04/09
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The government is still keen on the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said.

SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, however, stressed that it will depend on the outcome of a feasibility study.

Mohd Nur Ismal confirmed that the feasibility study, which started last month, will take six to 12 months to complete.

The aspects under consideration include the alignment, cost, benefits, risks, economic impact and ridership.

“We need to examine the numbers in more detail. Our mandate is to find the best way to implement the project, if it is given the go ahead.


“It will be done in a transparent way where there will be a tender process and bidding,” Mohd Nur Ismal told Business Times.

The government reiterated in November 2011 that it may go ahead with the project but recently said the rail network is not a priority for now.

The focus currently is to link Johor Baru and Singapore first with a rapid transit system by 2018 as part of efforts to increase connectivity between the two cities.

The high-speed rail network has been highlighted as a high-impact project in the government’s Economic Transformation
Programme.

Three groups have made presentations on the project to the National Key Economic Area laboratory.

They are UEM Group-Hartasuma Sdn Bhd, China Infraglobe Consortium-Global Rail Sdn Bhd and YTL Corp Bhd.

Some of them said they would not be making further commitments on the project unless there is certainty it will kick off in the
next two to three years and there is some form of government involvement.

“It is not viable for private parties to take control of the project. At around RM12 billion, you cannot get your returns fast as the service is more for the public,” said one company.

Mohd Nur Ismal said the high-speed rail project will not be driven by any private sector proposals.

“There will be many more proposals coming in but no one will drive the project except
the government. The outcome of the project will depend on the government,” he added.

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Proposal with minimal Govt funding favoured for high-speed KL-S'pore rail bids
By SHARIDAN M. ALI Thursday April 19, 2012
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PETALING JAYA: The private sector will be invited to come out with a proposal that requires minimal Government funding for the development of the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore if the project gets the green light.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said if the project received the go-ahead from the Government, the authorities would favour a proposal from private parties that would involve the smallest amount of financial assistance from the Government.

“But we also know that a rail project can seldom sustain itself financially. No operator can bear the cost of infrastructure, land acquisition, signalling system and rolling stock from the collection of fares alone as it will never pay for itself.

“Rail projects will require some forms of assistance from the Government, but we are looking at the least form of assistance,” he told the press at an editors' briefing on SPAD's plan and key projects yesterday,



Briefing by SPAD officials for media editors: From left SPAD chief development
officer Azmi Abdul Aziz, SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal
Mohamed Kamal and SPAD chief operating officer Azhar Ahmad.
- Starpic by AZLINA BT ABDULLAH


Ismal said the HSR project was now in the second phase of a feasibility study that looked into the actual corridors and alignment. This is expected to be completed by year-end.

“This study will provide a more detailed economic impact of the HSR and its engineering challenges,” he said.

He said this time around, the HSR study would be more comprehensive in looking at matters that largely revolved around national interest in contrary with previous HSR proposals that came from the private sector.

It was reported that the idea on the HSR came from Performance Management and Delivery Unit laboratory.

On the comparison with KTMB services when its double-tracking is completed, Ismal said the KTMB services would cater to the mass market and freight transportation, while the HSR was targeted at the high and middle-income markets.

SPAD was also in the midst of finalising plans for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for the Klang Valley, which should draw interest from construction companies because it entails building extra bus lanes in the city centre.

“We have already embarked on the traffic impact assessment study, which is expected to be completed by year-end and we plan to start physical work early next year.

“The project will take 12 to 18 months to be completed and will be fully funded by the Government. It will have to go through an open tender procurement process,” he said.

On the Rapid Transit System project, which links Johor Baru and Singapore, Ismal said: “The project will be funded by both Malaysia and Singapore. As of now, the tender for consultancy services for the alignment and design of the project is closed,” he said.

These three projects were part of SPAD's 50 priority projects from a total of more than 200 projects that has already gained traction or will begin this year.

“The development of the 50 projects is on-going. Some of the projects are still in the concept stage and haven't obtained the commitment from the Government.

“But, we are pushing forward the projects for the development of public transport. We are doing our best to convince the Government that in certain cases that are no other available options but to put in the infrastructure,” he said.

On the mass rapid transit, Ismal said the study for the second and third lines would start early next month.
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Feasibility Study launched for a high speed train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
04 July 2012, 04:41
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KUALA LUMPUR- It has been for at least 12 years a ‘hot potato’ to be debated between the Malaysian and the Singaporean government. A high speed rail link would put both city centres at just 90 minutes from each other –or even less. The idea of building a fast rail between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore was suggested a few months after the launching of the KLIA Ekspres, a high-speed train connecting Kuala Lumpur with its airport in Sepang.

However, this is only recently that the project gained strength as a feasibility study has now been officially launched. Malaysia Land and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) issued a tender for the study last December but a consultant team was only confirmed recently. The feasibility study will include a detailed commercial and technical assessment, before a final decision is made.

The project will request the construction of a brand-new line with specific tracks which will allow trains to circulate at at least 250 km/hour. Currently, maximum train speed on the KL-Singapore rail link reaches only 130 km/hour with travel. The study will also look at possible stops along the high speed line. It would most probably include at least a stop in the State of Melaka and a stop at Malaysia’s border town of Johor Bahru. So far, Chinese and Korean companies have already applied for the High rail line construction. In first estimates, the high speed link is due to cost between RM 8 billion and 14 billion (US$ 2.5 to US$ 3.7 billion) but rumours speak now of a total cost of RM 30 billion (US$ 9.4 billion). Analysts said that projects’ funding might be the principal challenge faced by the government.
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High-speed rail talks with Singapore to start soon
Sharen Kaur Published: 2012/07/27
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html



LINKING INTEREST: Certain parties from the island city-state have ‘informally’ approached he Land Public Transport Commission about the project, says chairman

DISCUSSIONS between Malaysia and Singapore on the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and the island city-state is expected to commence soon, says a key official from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

According to SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, certain parties from Singapore have “informally” approached the commission on the high-speed rail project.

“The high-speed rail is for Malaysia. It is an exciting project. If the government decides to go ahead with the project, the engagement will be at the top level. There are many parties interested in the project.

“There are certain decisions that need to be made by the government like whether the high-speed rail will link Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru, or Singapore.

“SPAD will put forward its recommendations to the government after completing the feasibility study. The government will have 2012 to make its own decision before approaching Singapore. The study is positive so far,” Syed Hamid said at the commission’s Buka Puasa event here yesterday.

SPAD is in the second phase of a feasibility study, which looks into the corridors, alignment, terminal points and the stops in-between.

Its chief development officer Azmi Abdul Aziz said the high-speed rail is targeted to start next year with tenders to be called by end-2013.

When asked to comment on the expected cost for the project, Azmi said it was still being finalised.

“This is not a direct turnkey project. It may be carried out as a private finance initiative or public private partnership. There is excitement from the corporate, public and the government sectors, from both neighbours (Malaysia and Singapore),” Azmi said.

Azmi, however, confirmed that 95 per cent of the investments for the project would be domestic-driven.

About 60 per cent of the cost will go towards infrastructure development, including civil works and track laying, and about 30 per cent towards rolling stocks.

Sources said the final cost would depend on whether the project would involve an underground rail link between the two neighbouring countries.

“It will also depend on the alignment in Malaysia. The length of the high-speed rail link is expected to be between 300km and 400km. We have to see how many stations are needed,” the source told Business Times.

The high-speed rail network has been highlighted as a high-impact project in the government’s Economic Transformation Programme.
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Firms keen on high-speed rail job must bid via tender exercise
By SHAREN KAUR Published: 2012/07/28
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will not be considering proposals submitted previously by several companies for the high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a key official said.

SPAD chief development officer Azmi Abdul Aziz said companies which have submitted proposals and are still interested in the high-speed rail project will have to participate in the tender exercise to be called next year.

Business Times reported previously that UEM Group-Hartasuma, China Infraglobe Consortium-Global Rail and YTL Corp Bhd have made presentations on the project to the National Key Economic Area laboratory.

Azmi said the feasibility study that is currently being carried out by SPAD does not include details pen out in their proposals.
"We are not looking at the proposals at all. We don't want to be influenced by any of the studies that they have carried out in preparing their proposals.

"We are doing the study with a clear mind. This is a government project and we will look at how it can benefit the country and the people at the end of the day," Azmi told Business Times at the commission's buka puasa event here recently.

Azmi said the study includes, among others, risk management, return on investment, and the potential economic activities that can be created from the development of the high-speed rail.

He said SPAD will kick-start the process of calling for tenders by mid-2013.

"After calling for the first round of tenders, we will go back to the government to appoint a project developer, similar to Prasarana and MRT Corp.

"If everything goes well, the project can start by the end of next year. That is the target," Azmi said.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd is leading the RM7 billion Ampang and Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) line extension projects while MRT Co is heading the Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (MRT) development, the country's largest infrastructure project.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar had said during the breaking of fast event that discussions between Malaysia and Singapore on the high-speed rail project is expected to commence soon.

The commission will put forward its recommendations to the government after completing the feasibility study.

The high-speed rail network has been highlighted as a high-impact project in the government's Economic Transformation Programme.
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SPAD to finalise study on high-speed train project
By ZAZALI MUSA Sunday September 9, 2012
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JOHOR BARU: The feasibility study on the high-speed train project will be completed by the end of the year, said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said it would submit its findings on the project to the Government in the first quarter of 2013.

“The Prime Minister will make the announcement on the project soon after,” he said after presenting TR1MA taxi tyre vouchers to 30 taxi drivers from Koperasi Pemandu-Pemandu Teksi Bandaraya Johor Bahru Bhd.

The feasibility study, said Syed Hamid, involved the viability of the project to Malaysia, costing and how it would create economic spillovers.

He said commuters using the high-speed train could travel from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru in 80 minutes and to Singapore in 90 minutes.

Since the high-speed train would be extended to Singapore, the service would need agreement from the Singapore Government to pass through the republic, said Syed Hamid.

“We don't have any issue with the KL-JB sector but for the KL-Singapore route, Malaysia and Singapore need to sit down and discuss the project,” he added.

There would also be a rail transit service which would share the same railway tracks with the high-speed train, said Syed Hamid.

He said many states had expressed strong interest for the rail transportation system to pass through their land because they knew that the rail services would bring about positive economic impact.

Syed Hamid said the rail transit service would start from Kuala Lumpur with stop-overs at Serem-ban 2, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Johor Baru.

“The rail transit system will create new growth areas and townships along the way. Hence, many states want it to pass their districts,” he added.
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Malaysia mulls rail link with Asean, Chinese cities
By SHAREN KAUR Published: 2012/09/25
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HIGH-SPEED TRAINS: Several options currently being explored for Kuala-Singapore route

MALAYSIA is studying the possibility of linking the high-speed rail (HSR) system from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand, and to other Southeast Asian countries, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

“We want to provide connectivity beyond Thailand. But to do this, you would need government to government understanding and we have not come to that yet,” Kong said.

“High-speed trains today are more convenient and is a faster mode of transportation, from city to city , than flying,” he said yesterday, at the signing of a memorandum of arrangement (MOA) between the Ministry of Transport and China’s CSR Group.

It is learnt the government is mulling providing rail connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and several cities in China.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is currently doing a study on the HSR to link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year. If found feasible, SPAD will call for pre-qualification bids by mid-2013.

Kong said several options and alignments are being explored for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

“The train could either runnon-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, or start from KL Sentral and have stops at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Seremban and beyond that,” he said.

Asked whether the government was eyeing the use of the magnetic levitation (maglev) technology, Kong said no decision has been made.

The MOA involves the building of a RM400 million CSR Rail Centre in Batu Gajah, Perak by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive
Co Ltd. It was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Kong, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Chai Xi and CSR vice-president Fu Jianguo.

Meanwhile, Kong said participants at the recent Innotransconvention, the world’s biggest rail industry event in Berlin, Germany have expressed interest to work on railway projects in Malaysia.

Kong, who was at the conference, said Malaysia was also invited
by several European and Asian companies to use their technology.

The companies included Bombardier, Rotem, Alstom, CAF, Ansaldo, Hitachi and CSR.

“There are many things happening in the railway sector here. We have the MRT, the LRT extension, ongoing double tracking works, with the possibility of the HSR being implemented.

“There is also the rapid transit system from Johor Bahru to Singapore.


So there is a lot of potential for rail technology and suppliers,” Kong said.
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