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Old October 4th, 2016, 01:56 AM   #441
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HSR project can propel KL, Singapore into mega cities
18 OCTOBER 2016 @ 11:01 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/10/1...re-mega-cities

KUALA LUMPUR: The high-speed rail (HSR) development connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will catapult both cities into the league of mega cities.

It will also raise the prospect of closer economic integration between the cities, MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal told Business Times.

He said the HSR will provide an opportunity for both cities to be stronger and more attractive as a gateway to Asean.

“Now the focus is on mega cities and how agglomeration creates more growth. By population, Kuala Lumpur ranks 72nd among the 300 largest cities in the world while Singapore ranks 84th.

“Through economic integration between the two cities, together with Singapore we would rank 28th in terms of population and 11th in terms of gross domestic product (GDP).


“We know that it is a potential thing that is going to launch us into the league of mega cities. It creates an opportunity to get the cities where we have stops to grow along and to be part of the mega city. We have seen that happening all over the world.”

Nur Ismal said global references indicate that integrating development planning with HSR delivery helps economic outcomes.

The integration between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore could resemble the way London-Paris, Tokyo-Osaka and Madrid-Seville interact, he added.

“None of the cities went through a negative growth because of the HSR.”

London and Paris are linked by the Eurostar high-speed train across the English Channel.

The Eurostar brought about increased tourism and economic integration between the United Kingdom and Europe.

Nur Ismal said studies conducted for Malaysia last year indicate long-term economic impact from the HSR development.

“The wider economic benefits stemming from the HSR project is estimated at RM21 billion of GDP in 2060 with 111,000 jobs created based on a World Bank study on other international projects.

“This is on top of the multiple benefits resulting from the construction, which is estimated at RM70 billion, and the direct and indirect GDP impact of RM29 billion.”

As such, there is a need to look at maximising the benefits and spurring development in Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

All cities and towns along the corridor will see a new impetus in terms of economic development, he said.

“We need to be able to channel investments specifically for cities that have HSR stops.

“We have started to work with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, InvestKL and state agencies as well as sectors to promote investments,” Nur Ismal said.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur terminal of the Singapore Malaysia high speed rail, which will feature what has been billed as the world’s largest underground city, will serve as “a glittering gem” on the ambitious China Pan Asia rail network, a China Rail Group official said.


In an interview with Channel NewsAsia documentary The Maritime Silk Road, the consortium developing the Bandar Malaysia site revealed more details and artists’ impressions of plans for the new transport hub.

They include a shopping mall, canals inspired by the likes of the Marina Bay Sands, indoor theme parks, cultural villages, indoor gardens, a financial centre, and the US$2-billion regional headquarters of the China Railway Group. The episode airs Tuesday (Oct 25) at 8pm,



The China Railway Group building at Bandar Malaysia (Artist's impression: IWH)

Mr Cai Zemin, general manager for China Railway’s Malaysia office, said: “Bandar Malaysia will be a glittering gem on China’s rail corridor. China’s rail corridor will link Southeast Asia with East Asia, West Asia and South Asia.”

State-owned China Railway and Iskandar Waterfront Holdings (IWH) make up the consortium that bought over 60 per cent of the Bandar Malaysia land parcel formerly owned by troubled state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

WATCH: The new KL terminal and its place in China’s new Silk road


Bandar Malaysia - which will be KL’s new integrated transport hub featuring bus and other rail links – is expected to have a gross development value of RM160 billion, and will be completed over the next 20 years, said IWH chairman Lim Kang Hoo.

The consortium has sent teams to Montreal to study how the Canadians built an underground city that is used by more than half a million citizens every day during winter.

ADVANTAGES FOR ASEAN

China Railway has said it is in discussions with the Thai government to build a high speed rail connecting Bandar Malaysia to Bangkok.

From Bangkok, the plan is for the track to connect to Laos, then to Kunming in China, as well as westward to Yangon and eastward to the capitals of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Serving as the regional centre for this China Pan Asia rail masterplan - which is part of China’s grand plan to link up 65 countries in a modern-day Silk Road - will be Bandar Malaysia.



A cultural street at the underground city. (Artist's impression: IWH)

Malaysia’s Second Minister for International Trade and Industry Ong Ka Chuan told Channel NewsAsia: “If ASEAN countries can work together under China’s New Silk Road policy, and we can link up our rail and port infrastructure with China, there are a lot of advantages.”

CHINA’S EDGE IN HSR TENDER?

The Singapore Malaysia high speed rail will link the city-state and Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes at an expected cost of S$15 billion. Several countries have expressed interest in the tender to build the 350km line, including South Korea, Japan and China, which has made recent massive investments in Malaysia.

China has “some advantage” in securing the deal, said Mr Ibrahim Suffian, Director of the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, because of the ties built between Chinese investors and Malaysian government agencies.

“Other countries such as Japan may have the technology. But in Malaysia, it is more than the technology - the government will look at the relationship between the two countries,” he said.

Last month, it was announced that Singapore and Japan – which are marking 50 years of diplomatic ties - would set up a high-level committee to explore cooperation in transport and infrastructure, including the high speed rail project. Japan is banking on its safety record and quality to clinch the rail project.



The underground city at Bandar Malaysia. (Artist's impression: IWH)

Meanwhile, China and Malaysia have an extensive rail partnership. In August 2015, China opened its first overseas “railway factory” in Malaysia in the town of Batu Gajah. The huge facility manufactures trains for KL’s light rapid transit network.

While Bandar Malaysia and the high speed rail are two different projects managed by separate entities of the federal government, some analysts have noted that being involved in developing the hub could allow an entity to average down the cost of the building the rail.


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Old November 4th, 2016, 06:31 AM   #444
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Najib Briefed On China’s High Speed Rail While Travelling In One

TIANJIN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was briefed on China’s High Speed Rail (HSR) by China Railway Thursday while travelling in one.

Najib, who is on a six-day official visit to China since Monday was travelling from Beijing to Tianjin, a major port city in northeastern China, located about 138.6km away, for a short visit.

Travelling by road takes nearly two hours between the two destinations but with HSR, which travels at 350km/hr, it takes less than 30 minutes.

HSR service in China was introduced in 2007, and has became a popular transportation mode with an annual ridership of over 1.1 billion last year. Its network has covered 28 of the country’s 33 provinces and regions and over 20,000km of route for the passenger-dedicated lines (PDLs).

China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) is among several rail companies, including Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) and East Japan Railway Company eyeing for the RM50 billion, 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR which is expected to cut travel time to 90 minutes.

The project from Kuala Lumpur’s Bandar Malaysia and Singapore’s Jurong East is expected to be fully operational by 2026.



Najib, upon arrival at the Tianjin Railway Station was received by Tianjin Municipality Government Vice-Mayor Zhao Haishan.

He then met up with Secretary of Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Li Hongzhong at the Tianjin State Guest House.

Najib and Li, together with Zhao later witnessed the signing of the Operation Agreement for the Integrated Seawater Desalination and salt-making project between Malaysian-owned XianDa Group and the Administrative Commission of Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area for the integrated zero-liquid discharge desalination plant project here.

Xianda was represented by XianDa (Tianjin) Seawater Resources Development Co Ltd Group Chairman Mah Sau Cheong, while the Administrative Commission of Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area was representd by its Managing Committee director, Wang Sheng.

It was reported in 2014 during a ground-breaking ceremony in Tianjin, XianDa Group planned to invest RMB15 billion (RM8 billion) to open an integrated zero-liquid discharge desalination plant here.

The plant will produce one million tonnes of clarified water and 600,000 tonnes of desalinated water per day.
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SINGAPORE: Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be linked by high-speed rail (HSR), with the first trains scheduled to run in 2026, cutting travelling time to 90 minutes at a speed of over 300km/hour.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said with the HSR, people would think of Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Singapore the same way as they think of London-Paris, Seoul-Busan, Taipei-Kaohsiung, Shanghai-Nanjing, or Tokyo-Osaka.

Hence, the experience of France’s national railway company SNCF in HSR in Europe and on cross-border operation could be meaningful for both countries.

SNCF operates more than 2,000 km of HSR line, six times the length of the 350km KL-Singapore HSR.

The SNCF operation is extended by almost 8,000 km of classical lines where Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) or high-speed trains carry on their journey.

Two hundreds stations are reached in France, as well as 50 other stations in European countries.

This augurs well for the KL-Singapore HSR as it will have only eight stations.

“We are proud of having been associated to great projects in the world within the last 10 to 15 years,” SNCF senior vice-president Philippe Lorand told Bernama in an email interview.

SNCF has 50 per cent of market share of the European high-speed system with about 500 train sets.

Since 1981, SNCF has developed seven new lines, each is adapted to a specific market with local, geographical and physical specificities.

SNCF sees the transnational project with a system approach which considers all the aspects of a railway project such as infrastructure, motive power, command and control, rolling stock and operations.

“Through our experience, we’ve learnt that there is not only one model, we must simultaneously consider speed, offer, and connections with existing lines, stations, marketing and the infrastructure.

“We have developed this expertise in the UK, South Korea, and Morocco, assisting several companies in their network construction,” he said.

With respect to cross-border operation, in France, SNCF experience is the result of the gradual creation of a network linking Paris to the main French towns and to the capitals of the surrounding countries – London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bern, Madrid, Luxembourg.

Other large towns such as Frankfurt and Munich, Geneva and Lausanne, Milan or Barcelona are also served, Lorand said.

For the KL-Singapore HSR, SNCF is offering three services – a 90-minute express service between Bandar Malaysia-Singapore; a domestic shuttle service which will stop at transit stations within Malaysia; and a shuttle service between Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

About 100,000 commuters are estimated to use the KL-Singapore HSR service daily.

Lorand said SNCF expertise had allowed it to welcome more than 2.5 billion passengers since 1981.

Its long-term scheme was decided in 1990 and redefined in 2013.

Besides the HSR expertise, he said SNCF was also knowledgeable with the process Customs Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) Stations.

“Cross-cutting approach allows us to overtake all aspects of CIQ process and to conduct fully coordinated station-design compliant with service pledge level,” Lorand said.

According to MyHSR Corp, KL-Singapore HSR passengers will only need to undergo a CIQ clearance once, which is at the point of departure.

To facilitate swift and seamless travel, the Malaysian and Singaporean governments had agreed to collocate the CIQ facilities at three locations – Singapore, Iskandar Puteri and Kuala Lumpur.

The entire customs clearance process for passengers is expected to be shorter than if they were to take flights.

MyHSR is a company responsible for the development and promotion of the HSR project.

Updating on door-to-door service, Lorand said that SNCF had decided to propose a maximum of solutions – thanks to partnerships with car rental, car-pooling, care-sharing and bike-sharing.

“This is reality on SNCF rail network.

“Specifics services such as pick up of luggage, and delivery, as well as services such as urban planning, architecture of stations, so that intermodality can happen.

“We design easy access to other modes of transportations, metro, tram, buses, taxi and bicycles,” he said.

For the KL-Singapore HSR, all stations will be designed to integrate with the local public transport systems to ensure seamless connectivity.

The HSR’s eight stations are the terminal in Bandar Malaysia and Singapore and six intermediate stations in Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri. — Bernama
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Tomorrow, PM Najib will off to japan... n surely will be briefed by the japanese on their HSR technology there before come to a decision by DEC 5 when both Malaysia and Singapore will sign the agreement... cant wait!!!
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Old November 15th, 2016, 04:14 PM   #447
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KL, Singapore to ink HSR deal on Dec 5
BY A JALIL HAMID - REPORTING FROM TOKYO - 14 NOVEMBER 2016 @ 11:04 AM
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TOKYO: MALAYSIA and Singapore are set to ink a legally binding bilateral agreement on Dec 5 for the development of a high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will witness the signing of the agreement at their annual talks in Johor, diplomats told the New Straits Times.

The draft agreement is pending cabinet approval. The pact will also touch on detailed cost- and revenue-sharing aspects of the project.

The bilateral pact followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Putrajaya on July 19 paving the way for more detailed planning and development of the ambitious rail link.

Both governments have also endorsed many pertinent issues which were captured in the MoU. These areas of agreement include a target of 2026 for the HSR to begin operations, Malaysian and Singapore transport authorities have said.

Following advance works, construction of the HSR is expected to begin in 2018, allowing for ample time for test runs before the commercial operations in 2026.

The much-awaited KL-Singapore HSR — Southeast Asia’s first — will cut the travelling time between the city pair to just 90 minutes.

The fast train will pass through another six stations in Malaysia. They are Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

The trains will have a design speed of 350kph, MyHSR Corp chief
executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said.

Operating speed will likely be around 300kph for most of the stretch, depending on how much they have to slow down in urban areas, he told the NST.

Nur Ismal also said a bilateral committee with representatives from both governments will be formed after the signing of the bilateral agreement to manage and regulate aspects of the project, which might affect cross-border services. They will provide regulatory oversight for the HSR. The regulatory aspect would cover technical, commercial and security, among others.

MyHSR is a government-owned company responsible for the development and promotion of the HSR project.

Besides the non-stop Singapore-KL international service and the transit service within Malaysia, there will be a shuttle service between Singapore and Iskandar Puteri.

In the agreement, both sides will also decide whether to build a tunnel or a bridge across the Johor Strait to link the HSR.

Under the pact, passengers will be able to clear Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) at their point of departure. Malaysia and Singapore will co-locate these CIQ facilities at three sites — Bandar Malaysia, Jurong East and Iskandar Puteri.

Najib has said that the HSR will enhance people-to-people ties and improve business linkages between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Singapore PM Lee has described the 2026 target as “a very ambitious timetable”, but said his government was committed to put full attention to the project.

“But we must get this right, because the HSR will bring our two countries together and change the way each of us thinks of the other,” he added.
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KL-Singapore HSR agreement on track: Najib
BY A. JALIL HAMID - 16 NOVEMBER 2016 @ 5:19 PM
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Malaysia and Singapore
are on track to sign an agreement on the high-speed rail (HSR) project by early next month says Najib. Bernama Photo

TOKYO: Malaysia and Singapore are on track to sign an agreement on the high-speed rail (HSR) project by early next month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Najib, who earlier held talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here, said the international tender to supply the HSR trains could be called by the fourth quarter of next year.

Speaking to the media alongside Abe after their talks, Najib said most issues relating to the mammoth project have been “more or less” resolved.

At the same press conference, Abe made a strong pitch for the Malaysian and Singapore governments to consider using the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train system.

“We had a very good discussion on the high-speed railway programme between Malaysia and Singapore and I expressed strong expectation regarding the adoption of Japan’s bullet train technology,” he told reporters.

In his response, Najib said both nations were on track to sign the agreement to develop the HSR by early next month.

Najib said he and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would witness the signing as most of the issues have been more or less settled.

“There are several milestones in the implementation of this project but the most significant would be the international bidding process, which according to our plan, will be issued in the fourth quarter of 2017,” Najib said.

“I have reassured Prime Minister Abe that the process to arrive at the final decision (on the contract) would be done in an open, transparent and objective manner.”

Najib is on a three-day working visit to Japan at the invitation of Abe. Both leaders had a 40-minute talk on issues ranging from maritime security in the South China Sea to the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP) and North Korea.

Both leaders earlier witnessed the signing of the handover of two decommissioned Japan Coast Guard offshore patrol vessels to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

One vessel will be deployed to Kuantan and the other to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian officials said.

On the TPP, Najib said Malaysia was on the same page as Japan in that the agreement should come into force. He hoped US president-elect Donald Trump would recognise the TPP.
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M’sia, Thailand to begin talks on Bangkok-KL HSR project - Thai Minister


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BANGKOK: Malaysia and Thailand will soon begin discussions on the feasibility of constructing a 1,400km High Speed Rail (HSR) connecting Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, according to the Thai Transport Minister.

Arkom Termpittayapaisith said the project, if it gets the green light, would shorten the journey between the two capitals to six hours.

Discussions between the two countries would begin at the official level before proceeding to the ministerial level, he said, without specifying the exact date for the start of the official talks.

“Thailand already has a southbound high-speed train project in the works from Bangkok to Hua Hin. Officials will look into whether that line should be extended or if a totally new line should be built from Bangkok,” he told the local media in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Arkom said he preferred an extension from Prachuap Khiri Khan in Hua Hin to Padang Besar in Sadao, before linking to Kuala Lumpur.

During the Malaysia-Thailand annual consultation meeting in Bangkok a few months ago, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Thai counterpart Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the HSR project connecting the two capitals.

The project, said Najib, would complement the HSR linking Malaysia’s capital and Singapore.

Meanwhile, deputy permanent secretary for transport Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen said the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) would start talks with the Malaysian authorities.

According to him, China and Japan had already expressed an interest in the feasibility study for the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur HSR project.

He also did not discount the possibility of the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur HSR project extending its reach to Laos and China in the future.

Peraphon said out of the 1,400 km Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur HSR rail line, 500km would be in Malaysia. - Bernama
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Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur? Do we know whether, and how much, the Thai (and Malaysian) authorities intend to subsidise the new HS railway connections? I ask because 1400 km in even the fastest train necessarily takes longer than flying - even after accounting for long check-in times in airports, etc. Hence I would only think that such a rail connection attracts a large number of passengers if tickets are significantly cheaper than air fares.
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I wouldn't say that's the main purpose.

We're talking more about rejuvenating the south of Thailand, so you'd see more city pairs like KL-Hatyai, Bangkok-Penang, KL-Hua Hin, so on.

And of course, direct trains from Singapore too, assuming trains can travel from the Singapore-KL line to the KL-Bangkok line...
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yes... no necessary for kl-bkk only... their main purpose is to connect KL-Penang, and Bkk-Hatyai with the fast train... so while theyre at it... why not continue just a lil longer to connect these 3 most important cities in Asean by HSR
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Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur? Do we know whether, and how much, the Thai (and Malaysian) authorities intend to subsidise the new HS railway connections? I ask because 1400 km in even the fastest train necessarily takes longer than flying - even after accounting for long check-in times in airports, etc. Hence I would only think that such a rail connection attracts a large number of passengers if tickets are significantly cheaper than air fares.
Just the section from Bangsue central to Hua Hin alone would be 560 Baht per person ... just thinking about the ticket prices from Bangsue Central to Chumporn (the main dropping point for Koh Tao), Surat Thani (main dropping point for Phuket and Samui), Hatyai and Padang besar

BTW, the airport in Chumporn, Surat Thani and Hatyai is so far from downtown of the corresponding cities - need to pay at least 100 Baht for van service or even 300 - 500 Baht to reach downtown - unless the airlines are offering the round trip feeder bus and ferry package for those who travel to Koh Tao and Koh Samui.

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I wouldn't say that's the main purpose.

We're talking more about rejuvenating the south of Thailand, so you'd see more city pairs like KL-Hatyai, Bangkok-Penang, KL-Hua Hin, so on.

And of course, direct trains from Singapore too, assuming trains can travel from the Singapore-KL line to the KL-Bangkok line...
Case to point is about the alternative to 350-400 Baht van service from Hatyai to Penang or 1000-1500 Baht bus service from Hatyai all the way to Golden Mile Complex in Singapore.

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yes... no necessary for kl-bkk only... their main purpose is to connect KL-Penang, and Bkk-Hatyai with the fast train... so while theyre at it... why not continue just a lil longer to connect these 3 most important cities in Asean by HSR
Indeed, there are 12 stations for high speed train from Bangsue Central to Padang besar

1. Bangsue Central, - main hub
2. Nakhon Pathom at the existing Nakhon Pathom station, - main dropping point for Suphanburi
3. Rajburi station at Ban Khoo Bua (3 km South the existing Rajburi station) - dropping point to Kanchanaburi
4. Phetburi station on Phetkasem road (western end of Phetburi city municipal),
5. Hua Hin station at Bo Fai near Hua Hin Airport (4 km North of existing Hua Hin station)
6. Prachuab Khirikhan - Ao Manao bay
7. Chumporn - main dropping point to Koh Tao
8. Surat Thani - main dropping point to Koh Samui
9. Thung Song - main dropping point for Trang, Nakhon Srithammarat
10. Phatthalung - considered as the rural area to grow food to feed those in Trang, Nakhon Srithammarat and Songkla
11. Hat Yai - main dropping point for Songkla as well as 3 Southern provinces and Satun
12. Padang besar - ditto.
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HSR pact will be signed by month’s end, says Abdul Rahman
Friday, 2 December 2016
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/natio...-abdul-rahman/

PETALING JAYA: The bilateral agreement between Malaysia and Singapore on the High-Speed Rail (HSR) will be signed as scheduled by the end of the year, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

It is likely to be signed around Dec 21 from its original date of Dec 5, he said, adding that the delay was due to scheduling and other administrative matters.

“Both sides are now taking the necessary follow-up action to comply with their respective internal procedures and legal requirements for the signing of this agreement,” he said.

On Nov 29, Abdul Rahman met Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, to discuss the remaining details.

Malaysia and Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding for the project in July.

Mooted in 2013, the 350km rail project, of which 15km will be in Singapore, is expected to begin construction in 2018 and will start operating in 2026.

On Wednesday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore and Malaysia had made very good progress in the bilateral agreement on the HSR project.

He hoped both sides could sign the agreement when he and his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, meet at a Leaders’ Retreat later this month.

Lee said the first thing was to have a sound agreement between the two countries on how the project was structured, how it was going to be executed, and how it was being backed by both governments.

“That is the first requirement, that we have a very good agreement which sets out clearly a sound basis to build and operate the system,” he said.

Both countries had been discussing the agreement for more than a year, Lee noted.

“We are almost there and I hope that when I meet the Prime Minister at the next retreat, we will be able to sign the agreement,” he said in an interview with Bernama chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang on Monday.
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'Weaker ringgit won't affect HSR'
BY SHAREN KAUR - 9 DECEMBER 2016 @ 11:03 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/12/1...affect-hsr?d=1

KUALA LUMPUR: The weaker ringgit is unlikely to have a contagion effect on the cost to build the 350km High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah told the Business Times that he was unfazed by the current level of the ringgit.

He said the construction of the HSR link would start only in 2018, and by then, the ringgit would have strengthened against the United States (US) dollar. International Trade and Industry Ministry former senior director of Asean Economic Cooperation P. Ravidran reportedly said the depreciation of the ringgit was a temporary phenomenon.

He expected that it would strengthen to RM4.00 against the US dollar by the first quarter of next year as the country’s fundamentals surrounding the economy remained strong. The ringgit stood at RM4.43 against the US dollar yesterday.

Malaysia and Singapore will sign the bilateral agreement for the HSR at a leaders’ retreat here on Dec 13, almost six months after inking the memorandum of understanding in July. Business Times has reported that the cost to build the HSR, including the purchase of rolling stocks, could be between RM60 billion and RM65 billion. Azharuddin said the project would go ahead despite the market volatility.

“The ringgit goes up and down. We will monitor the ringgit’s performance for the next six months, but we think it will get better. “Currently, we are going ahead with the project. “Our view is that, the HSR project, from a national perspective, is very important for (the nation’s) development. “It is a project that has been agreed at the highest level.

“So, it has an impact on the people. “Its benefits are (expected to be) tremendous,” said Azharuddin. The HSR project will involve the construction of a new line with dedicated tracks (using the standard gauge system), which will allow trains to reach a speed of 320kph, cutting travelling time between both cities to 90 minutes, excluding clearance of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ).

The line will run for 350km, with 335km in Malaysia and about 15km in Singapore. It will have eight stations — Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore. The terminus for Malaysia will be in Bandar Malaysia, while the terminus in Singapore will be in Jurong East.

Azharuddin said there were two international bids coming up next year for AssetCo and OpCo.

“We will continue to do it as there is a lot of interest coming in. “The team is preparing the tender documents and it will appoint the joint development partner by early next year. “If everything goes as planned, the HSR project will be operational by Dec 31, 2026,” he said.

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Singapore-KL high-speed rail bids to be evaluated end of 2018
Friday, 9 December 2016 | MYT 9:25 AM
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SINGAPORE: Bids for the tender to build the High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be evaluated at the end of 2018, according to MyHSR, the agency in charge of the Malaysian share of the project.

Tender documents for the systems package - for the actual rail track and train carriages - will be issued at the end of next year, MyHSR chief executive Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said when giving a timeline of the project for the first time.

"After the tender is open in the final quarter of 2017, bidders will be given a year to submit. Then the two countries will do the evaluation," he said after a briefing about the project Thursday.

The briefing by MyHSR and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) , was held ahead of next week's signing of a binding agreement between the two neighbouring countries to execute the 350km rail project.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will witness the signing in Putrajaya with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong during their bilateral Leaders' Retreat.

Officials have said that the tender process will be fair and transparent.

The HSR is set to travel at speeds of up to 320kmh when it is ready in 2026, and will move passengers between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in 90 minutes. The alternative land journey between Kuala Lumpur and the Republic using a car takes at least four hours.

The Malaysian terminus is in the upcoming Bandar Malaysia township at the edge of downtown Kuala Lumpur. The line's Singapore terminus will be in the upcoming Jurong Lake District.

Customs, immigration and quarantine facilities for the railway will be co-located at three stops: Singapore, Iskandar Puteri (formerly Nusajaya) and Kuala Lumpur.

Besides the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur express service, the line will have a domestic service within Malaysia, stopping at Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban and Putrajaya. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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Start construction in 2018 and finish by Dec 31 2026?

Eight years to build one line a couple hundred kilometers long.

The Chinese built around 16000 kms in the same time.

Why is the line taking so long to build?
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Start construction in 2018 and finish by Dec 31 2026?

Eight years to build one line a couple hundred kilometers long.

The Chinese built around 16000 kms in the same time.

Why is the line taking so long to build?
Compared to China , projects in this scale and are X-border are normally bureaucratic nightmares that would take years to deal with, for example the Channel Project...

Also China has nominal higher spending power , which is currently lowering, and land usage powers...
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Location of the KL HSR Terminus
(Formly Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Air Base)

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Source: http://www.starproperty.my/index.php...ndar-malaysia/







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FAST FACT: Bandar Malaysia - a Transit-Oriented Development
- Bandar Malaysia project will include the Kuala Lumpur terminal of the Malaysia- Singapore high-speed rail.
- Bandar Malaysia project will also house the US$2-billion regional headquarters of the China Railway Group (CREC).
- Bandar Malaysia is projected to generate a GDV of RM150 billion (US$34 billion), according to the Kuala Lumpur-based investment research firm AmResearch Sdn Bhd.
- One of the projects is the construction of affordable housing, the first of the three to four phases of the Bandar Malaysia construction will begin next year (2017).
- Bandar Malaysia, with an integrated mixed-use township that is almost 200ha in size, will house the country’s first underground city.
- This mixed-use township will cost RM160 million (US$36 billion) will take more than 25 years to build, but there is already excitement over the subterranean part of the project. This underground city will then be the largest in the world.
- The underground city in Bandar Malaysia will include a shopping mall, canals, indoor theme parks, cultural villages, indoor gardens, and a financial centre.
- A consortium comprising four local banks and four international banks with a combined asset base exceeding US$13 trillion has set up a new fund to finance the development of Bandar Malaysia. The international banks are the Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and HSBC, while the local ones are CIMB, Maybank, RHB, and Affin Bank.
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