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Old August 27th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #21
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Thats a really bad graphic rendering. But The train looks okay.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 07:36 AM   #22
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SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA | Rail Link

SE Asia to seek $2 bln for transnational railway
Updated : 27-08-2007
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MANILA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations will seek to raise $2 billion later this year to complete a railway system that will eventually stretch from China to Singapore and link eight countries in the region.

The Singapore-Kunming Rail Link working group will hold an investors' seminar later this year, possibly in Kuala Lumpur, to raise the funds, said Ong Keng Yong, the secretary-general of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"Financing has not been easy because there has been so much resistance to using rail as a means of communication," Ong told reporters in Manila after a meeting of the ASEAN Mekong Basin Development Cooperation group.

"Everybody now uses low budget airlines. But at the end of the day it (rail) is still the cheapest way of transporting many of our goods across borders."

"More importantly our leadership feels that the railway will facilitate greater travel and people-to-people contact. It will contribute to a freer flow of people across borders."

The rail system is slated for completion by 2015, when ASEAN will convert itself into an EU-style economic community. The region also hopes to have a free trade agreement with China fully in place by 2010.

The entire system, which builds on existing rail links within nations, is likely to cost $10 billion. China has said it will invest about $6.4 billion in the project by 2010.

The railway will link Kunming, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and then Singapore.

Separate lines will link Laos to Vietnam, and Myanmar to China.

The 5,000-km (3,000-mile) Singapore-Kunming link was originally proposed in 1995 but has been slow to get off the ground.

Ong said the "missing links" were from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital; and from the Thai border to the Cambodian town of Sisophon.

A rail link would also be built from Laos to central Vietnam, to link with the Singapore-Kunming line.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 05:33 PM   #23
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Considering that most of the railways south of Hanoi are narrow gauge, will the missing links be narrow gauge also? Or are they taking into consideration that there are several broad gauge projects on the way? (Hanoi-Saigon, KL-Singapore)
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:44 PM   #24
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I am kind of disappointed that this rail link isn't high speed railway.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 01:17 AM   #25
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it doesn't have to be High speed railway but it can be a multi useful railway link

it can also help freight and passenger rails with to link nations
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Old September 18th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #26
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Excellent! But will it be standard gauge?
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Old September 21st, 2007, 08:57 AM   #27
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No, it will be narrow gauge.

It's possible for narrow gauge fast trains(160km/h).Getting over 100km/h would be good enuff IMO.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 05:26 AM   #28
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Singapore open to proposals on bullet train between KL and S'pore
By Farah Abdul Rahim, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 16 January 2007 1648 hrs


SINGAPORE: Singapore has said it is open to proposals on a US$2.3b plan to build a bullet train rail link between Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur as long as both countries benefit.

Transport Minister Raymond Lim was responding to questions from reporters earlier on Tuesday, at the Annual Airport Reception.

His Malaysian counterpart, Chan Kong Choy, had backed the high-speed rail project by YTL Corp on Monday, which will enable the 350-kilometre journey between KL and Singapore to be cut to just 90 minutes, compared to the seven- hour journey on the current rail service.

However, Singapore has yet to hear from YTL or the Malaysian government on this so far.

"We are open to all proposals that may benefit both countries (Singapore and Malaysia). I look forward to receiving their proposal so that we can study it and see how best to proceed," said Raymond Lim, Singapore Transport Minister.

On liberalising air services between the two countries, Mr Lim added that Singapore's Transport Ministry is now in contact with their counterparts in Malaysia to finalise the date for bilateral talks on the issue.

The talks are scheduled to take place in the first quarter of this year. - CNA/dt
KL-Singapore Bullet Train Proposal Still Being Discussed, Says Chan
October 19, 2007 19:23 PM


SINGAPORE, Oct 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said Friday the proposal to build a bullet train track between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is still being discussed by the parties concerned.

"It is still being discussed, by the proposer and some of the departments of the Malaysian government," he told reporters here after chairing the 9th Meeting of the Special Working Group on the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link project.

He declined to say whether the government had made any decision on the project, reiterating that "it is still being discussed".

In June last year, YTL Corp proposed a RM8-billion high-speed train connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that will shorten travel time to only 90 minutes.

-- BERNAMA

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Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project Progressing Well, Says Chan
19-10-2007

SINGAPORE, Oct 19 (Bernama) -- The proposed rail project linking seven Asean countries and the city of Kunming in China is progressing well with several missing links scheduled for completion within the next few years, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said Friday.

He said that the countries with the missing links -- Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia -- had all completed their feasibility studies on the links and were working toward their construction.

The rehabilitation and construction of the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) in China had also been been actively implemented and was expected to be completed by 2009, involving a length of 1,000km, he said.

"Most encouraging is the fact that we already have some specific dates for the missing links to be constructed and some have concrete dates of the completion," he told reporters after chairing the 9th Special Working Group Meeting of the SKRL here.

The 5,513km rail project, first proposed at the Asean Summit in Bangkok in 1995, begins in Singapore and meanders through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam before ending in Kunming.

Malaysia is tasked to chair the working group for the US$2 billion project, which is a flagship undertaking under the Asean-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation.

The missing links along what is known as the eastern route, are the 48km cross-border crossing of Poipet-Sisophon in Cambodia, a 286km route between Cambodia's Phnom Penh and Vietnam's Loc Ninh, and another 129km connecting Loc Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City.

The missing links in Myanmar involve another route which branches out from Thailand.

On the route in Cambodia, Chan said: "They have been actively preparing the ground for construction of the Poipet-Sisophon route and we can expect its completion by 2010. For the Loc Ninh-Ho Chi Minh City route (in Vietnam), work is expected to begin in 2010."

As for the Phnom Penh-Loc Ninh route, Chan said, a feasibility study had been completed but the project still required funding before construction could begin.

On the Myanmar-Thai rail link, he said that a feasibility study for the 110km route connecting Nam Tok in Thailand to Myanmar's Three Pagoda Pass and to Thambyuyazat had also been completed. "We are still looking for funding for this project," he said.
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US$160 Million To Upgrade Vietnam's Busiest Railway Section
November 26, 2007 10:16 AM


HANOI, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- Some US$160 million will be earmarked for a project to upgrade Vietnam's busiest railway section linking the Yen Vien station, in outskirts of Hanoi, to northern border Lao Cai province, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) quoted the Viet Nam Railway Corporation as saying.

To the figure, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the French Development Agency and the French General Directorate of Treasury and Economic Policy (DGTPE) will contribute US$60 million, US$41 million and US$39 million, respectively, as official development assistance (ODA) capital.

The remaining will come from Vietnam.

According to the Railway Corporation, the 285 km section is part of the railway route connecting Vietnam's Hai Phong port with China's Yunnan province, and also part of the extended traffic network of the Mekong subregion and the Singapore-Kunming (China) railway route that are expected to be completed by 2015.

The upgrading of the more-than-100-year-old section, which sees 20-22 train trips everyday, aims to increase its capacity to 5 million passengers and 7.5 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2020.

The project will start in 2008 to improve 71 bridges, stations, stores and road-bed and build new stations, and will be completed by 2012.

-- BERNAMA
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Old December 6th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #32
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YTL confident of getting KL-Spore bullet train project
Published: 2007/12/06

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Besides benefiting the public, the project can increase the value of properties in Kuala Lumpur, says YTL group managing director


YTL Corp Bhd, which has submitted the proposal for a bullet train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to the government, is confident of securing the project, group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping said today.

“The proposal, currently being evaluated by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, can also increase the value of properties in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am confident (to secure the project) because everybody wants it. The Malaysian government is pragmatic and at the end of the day if the public wants it, why not?,” he said.

Yeoh was speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony between subsidiary YTL Construction (Thailand) Ltd and Lehman Brothers Investments Pte Ltd.

He said the bullet train that connected Paris and London has been able to increase the value of properties in these cities and a bullet train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore could give the same impact.

“There is a 700 per cent diference in property value between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I think a bullet train will cut down this gap. Let’s say if it cuts down to 260 per cent you will be richer by RM5 billion (in values of properties),” he said.

Yeoh, however, declined to say when the group was expected to get an answer from the government. — Bernama
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Thanks for keeping us updated on this exciting project nazrey.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #34
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YTL Corp sure of govt nod for KL-S’pore bullet train project
07 Dec 2007 11:32 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: YTL Corp Bhd, which mooted the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore bullet train, yesterday expressed confidence in securing regulatory approval for the project which could cost between RM8 billion and RM11 billion.

YTL Corp managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping said: “I am absolutely confident because everybody wants it; the public wants it. The Malaysian government is very pragmatic. At the end of the day, if the public wants it, why not?”

Yeoh said the project would create a convergence of properties and level out the price of properties between the two countries, citing the Paris-London project which saw property price differential slashed to zero from 21% in four years.

“There is a 700% difference in property prices between Singapore and KL. I think the bullet train will cut down this gap,” he said. The bullet train is expected to cut travel time to between 50 minutes and 90 minutes from the current eight hours.

YTL Corp, the largest shareholder of the Eastern and Oriental Express luxury train services connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, had conducted a feasibility study on the project and submitted its findings to the government for consideration.

JPMorgan Securities Research, in a recent report, said most of the regulatory issues involving the project had been resolved. The key consideration for approval was the crucial role in developing the Iskandar Development Region.

The RM11 billion project would involve RM3 billion for civil infrastructure and the remaining 70% of the RM8 billion for land acquisition.

In October this year, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy had said the issue was still being discussed by YTL Corp and the government.
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Regional corridors to power construction sector this year
by Sharmila Ganapathy, 02 Jan 2008 10:43 AM
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PETALING JAYA: High-impact projects and regional economic corridors will drive growth of the local construction industry this year, with private finance initiatives (PFIs) taking the lead role, analysts said.

They said prospects for the sector appear buoyant, with Bank Negara forecasting a 6.3% growth, compared with 4.5% for the first nine months of 2007 and a contraction of 0.5% in 2006. Some even believe an industry boom is on the cards.

Aseambankers Equity Research noted in October that a construction boom could happen if all the proposed Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) projects kick off on schedule. The last boom was in the mid-1990s, when building and transportation-related jobs were abundant.

“We’re waiting to see what projects will be introduced, one of the high-impact projects will be the Pahang-Selangor water transfer project, likely in the second half of 2008. Other important projects include the building of the second Penang Bridge and double-tracking project linking Seremban and Gemas,” said its construction analyst Wong Chew Hann.

She pointed out that although the bulk of the 9MP projects had been awarded, over 68% of the RM200 billion in government development allocation under 9MP had not been spent, creating a window of opportunity for local players yet to come on board.

Deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Suliman said on Dec 12 that RM63.76 billion had been spent and a total of 29,957 projects approved under the 9MP.

Analysts said the private sector would lead the way for 9MP projects this year. “PFI projects have sufficient funding, they will contribute growth, whilst government projects will offer sustainability,” said OSK Research’s Jeremy Goh.

BNP Paribas Capital (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said in its October report that the implementation of RM43.8 billion worth of PFI projects from 2008 would be an important growth catalyst, with additional RM35.2 billion PFI projects in the pipeline yet to be awarded.

“The downside risk will be availability of funds, but we believe the banking system and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in Malaysia have sufficient liquidity to fund PFI projects. There are also external sources from China, Japan and a recent influx of money from the Middle East,” BNP Paribas said.

Of the RM43 billion, RM20 billion would be for PFI projects under the 9MP comprising 902 projects. The entire RM20 billion PFI spending would be funded initially by the EPF, Aseambankers noted.

The revived Ipoh-Padang Besar double-tracking railway project has been awarded to Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd. Now industry eyes are on the Penang monorail system, which is due for implementation this year. Then there’s the RM8 billion Kuala Lumpur-Singapore bullet train project proposed by YTL Corporation Bhd.

The Pahang-Selangor water transfer project remains a ‘hot’ pick for players, despite the much-debated award of the project’s tunneling works to four Japanese companies in early December.

The government has said the dam construction, piping and pump works are open to local companies. Gadang Holdings Bhd said it planned to bid for the project with foreign partners.

Meanwhile, favourites for the Langat water treatment plant under the water transfer project are said to be Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd and Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd.

Sunway Holdings Inc will continue to be a 9MP beneficiary, with businesses in construction, engineering and building materials, analysts said. Earlier this year, it secured an RM181 million contract to build University Teknologi Mara’s new campus and a RM520 million Putrajaya government offices contract.

But it’s not just the big boys who would shine this year, said OSK’s Goh. “We see contracts going out to smaller cap players as the bulk of 9MP projects are centred on socio-economic development, such as schools and roads.”

These include companies like Melati Ehsan Bhd, Mudajaya Bhd, Pintaras Jaya Bhd and Protasco Jaya Bhd, which would see stable and recurring income from government concessions, Goh said.

Further fueling construction growth is the regional economic corridors, particularly the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), Iskandar Development Region (IDR) and Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).

These three corridors are expected to generate RM656.6 billion of investment over the next 13 to 18 years, BNP Paribas noted in its report. Additionally, the government has allocated RM8 billion for 2008.

“This should support long-term growth in the construction sector, and indirectly underpin cement demand growth,” it added.

The IDR has already seen players such as UEM World Bhd secure major projects, with smaller players such as Putrajaya Perdana Bhd tipped to clinch projects in the corridor from Aldar Properties PJSC of Abu Dhabi.

“We have our share of 9MP projects and on top of that were are seriously looking at opportunities in the Middle East,” Putrajaya Perdana chief executive officer Wie Hock Kiong said.

Large and medium cap players contending for ECER projects are Ahmad Zaki (oil and gas related infrastructure works), IJM group and Loh & Loh (water-related infrastructure jobs) and TSR Capital Bhd, analysts said.

The northern region will also see familiar names such as Ahmad Zaki, TSR Capital and TCR Synergy Bhd cropping up.

Meanwhile, local players like Hock Seng Lee Bhd and Naim Cendera Holdings Bhd are expected to rise to prominence with the impending launch of the Sabah and Sarawak corridors.

“There are not many competitors in Sarawak, once the Sarawak Regional Corridor of Development is launched, we are likely to see many projects being awarded to this company. It is in marine engineering, few construction players offer this core competency,” said OSK’s Goh.
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Monday August 27, 2007
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MANILA (AP) - Southeast Asian countries and China will hold a high-profile seminar before the end of the year to lure private investments for a US$2 billion (euro1.46 billion) railway project linking Singapore to southern China to facilitate the flow of goods and people across the region, officials said Monday.

The Singapore-Kunming Rail Link project aims to construct or upgrade 550 kilometers (342 miles) of "missing links'' in a 7,000 kilometer (4,350 miles) circular rail connecting China and seven of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The whole loop, including domestic railways that will be paid for by individual countries' governments, is estimated to cost at least US$10 billion dollars (euro7.3 billion), ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong told reporters.

He said earlier that overall progress of the project has been hindered by a lack of funds and other technical issues in connecting the railroad to major towns across the region.

No completion date has been set but officials were hoping to have some connection ready by the time the regional bloc fuses into an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, he said.

Ministers and officials of ASEAN and China welcomed the proposed high profile seminar to attract potential investors to the project in a joint statement after their ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation meeting in Manila Monday.

Ong said officials hope to hold the seminar before the end of the year, after an October investment roadshow for ASEAN and the Mekong Basin spearheaded by ASEAN finance ministers.

"We need to find funding to cover that missing link,'' he added.

"We are hopeful that the seminar for the SKRL will attract private sector interest particularly the banks and the fund management entities.''

Ong said trains are the cheapest mode of transporting goods across borders and will facilitate travel and exchange of people-to-people contacts.

Once the infrastructure is done, easing of travel restrictions like visa requirements will also be tackled to contribute to a free flow of people across the eight countries, he added.

At Monday's meeting, implementation of 45 projects in the Mekong Basin - a region that includes parts of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and China - was also reviewed.

Philippine Trade Secretary Peter Favila, who chaired the meeting, said there are 45 projects worth a total of US$55.7 million (euro40.7 million) for the Mekong Basin development.

Close to US$10 million (euro7.3 million) have been sourced from country contributions but US$44 million (euro32.2 million) more are needed to fund 14 more projects aside from the railway venture.

Officials agreed to further review how to synchronize various activities in the ASEAN Mekong Basin Development Cooperation framework with the ASEAN Economic Community, Ong said.

Malaysia to head regional rail project
Friday January 18, 2008
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KUALA KUBU BARU: Malaysia will chair the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link project, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

He said member countries had, during a recent Special Working Group meeting of the project held in Singapore, proposed that Malaysia be appointed as the chair. The Cabinet accepted the proposal two weeks ago.

Chan said member countries were supposed to hold the position on a rotation basis, but since Malaysia had shown such commitment and leadership to the project, it was decided otherwise.

“After hard work and planning for about 10 years, the project is finally taking off, with China aggressively building its Kunming stretches to be linked up to the Vietnamese network system that will be extended to Myanmar soon.

“Cambodia and Myanmar are expected to build the first missing link by the first quarter of the year from the Thailand-Cambodian border town of Poipet to Sisophon in Cambodia.

“Cambodia will be laying the track donated by Malaysia to link both towns,” he told reporters after a ceremony marking the completion of system works for the double-tracking project by Mitsui & Co and Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) for the Rawang-Ipoh stretch, at the KTMB station in Rasa near here yesterday.

He said that since the systems were in place, the commuter service would be extended to Tanjung Malim by the middle of the year, and that the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh track using fast trains should be operational in between 18 months and two years, when the six electrical multiple unit coaches arrive.

In a related development, Chan said the support and co-operation of the four northern states were needed to ensure the smooth implementation of the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking project, especially in settling squatter problems.

“There are roughly about 3,000 squatters along the 329km stretch,” he said.

Later, KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah told reporters that once the KL-Ipoh fast train services were operational, it might cost about 50% to 100% more compared to the current price of RM20 for a second-class ticket for the normal train services plying the route.
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YTL boss: Bullet train project is environment-friendly
By Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2008/04/12
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YTL Corp Bhd, a construction and energy group, says the government is supportive of its plan to build a bullet train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as it makes economic sense.

It is also a project that the people seem to want, managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh said.

"This project is economically viable, so I think the government will listen to the people and put this project on an urgent basis again.

"Nobody looks at it as a mega project, an artificial project, that you do for prestige," he told reporters after launching the YTL-organised Climate Change Week 2008.

When pressed by reporters as to when he expects to get the greenlight for the project, he said: "I think the government is supportive of this project. We'll see."

The previous transport minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, had said in January that the government was conducting a social impact study on the project, said to be about RM8 billion, because it involves land acquisition.

"We are for it (the project)," he'd told Reuters in an interview then.

YTL's bullet train plan involves travel time between KL and Singapore being cut to just 90 minutes compared with existing trains which take about seven hours.

Yeoh said the bullet train project would not only save the government "tens of billion ringgit" on fuel subsidies over the long term, but would also cut down the country's carbon emission significantly.

"This is an environment-friendly project," he remarked.
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It seems to me that YTL and the Malaysian government's thoughts are not in sync while YTL has absolutely held no talks to anybody on the Singaporean side. Making things abit more complicated is a subway link between JB and Singapore being mooted; potentially politically dangerous since the JB-eans will feel disadvantaged.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/as....ap/index.html

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia has scrapped plans for a multi-billion-dollar high-speed bullet train connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore because of high costs, a government official said Wednesday.

An Economic Planning Unit spokeswoman confirmed a report in The Star that the government is no longer considering the project. She declined to be named, citing protocol.

"The government will not go ahead with the project because the financial model submitted involves a significant cost to be borne by the government," said Sulaiman Mahbob, director general of the Economic Planning Unit, according to The Star.

He declined to elaborate, the English-language daily said.

The $2.5 billion bullet train would have been able to travel the 325-kilometer (200-mile) distance between Malaysia's biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, and neighboring Singapore in 90 minutes.

Malaysian conglomerate YTL Corp. had proposed the project as an alternative to the seven-hour train service of state railway company KTM Berhad.

Flights between the two cities are 45 minutes; buses take about five hours on the North-South Expressway that runs the length of the country. Singapore is located near the tip of the Malaysian peninsula, separated by a narrow strip of sea.
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It's sad.

But I'm never going to give up on a rail link... Maybe in 10 years time.
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