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S’pore and Malaysia sign agreement for High-Speed Rail system

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Travel between Singapore and Malaysia is set to get even easier as both countries signed a legally binding agreement for a High-Speed Rail project today, local press reported.

Local news website Channel News Asia reported that Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak witnessed the signing ceremony at the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.

The agreement was signed by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan for Singapore and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan for Malaysia.

The High-Speed Rail line is expected to be completed by 2026 and will cut travel time between Singapore and Malaysia down to 90 minutes.

Customs and immigration facilities will also be located at both terminal stations in eastern Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, as well as at Iskandar Puteri, just across the Straits of Johor from Singapore. International passengers will thus be able to clear immigration for both sides at their point of departure.

Both governments have committed to take responsibility for the development, construction and maintenance of infrastructure and stations within their countries.

Local newspaper The Straits Times also reported that a bilateral agreement for a cross-border rapid transit system between Singapore and Johor Baru is expected to be signed by the end of 2017.

- dpa

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