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Singapore denies its officials met with Azmin on HSR

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Singapore's Ministry of Transport (MOT) has denied that Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali had met with some "senior officials" in the republic to discuss the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

News portal Today Online quoted an MOT spokesperson as saying that no meeting has been scheduled between Azmin and its officials, neither has any taken place between the two parties.

"As of Aug 6, 2018, the Malaysian government has not provided the clarifications sought by Singapore and has not communicated their proposed dates for such discussions," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Yesterday, Azmin told reporters in Parliament that he had met with some senior officials in Singapore to discuss the HSR, while he was in the country to visit Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and that the meeting was "very positive". 

The minister also said the official meeting on the matter will take place within the month, and added that he will issue a statement on the matter soon.

Singapore has been seeking Putrajaya’s official decision on the HSR since June.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously said that Singapore ought to know Putrajaya’s stance on the mega-transportation project.

Among the first things that Mahathir did as prime minister was to scrap the HSR, citing high costs and unprofitability.

"We will make no money at all from this operation," he had said.

The KL-Singapore HSR was previously said to cost some RM110 billion.

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