Everyone has been very excited with the collaboration between Malaysia and Singapore on the 350 km Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project. On the 13th of December 2016, it marks another history for both countries when a bilateral agreement for this project development was signed. Both of the countries’ Prime Ministers, Najib Razak of Malaysia and Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore have participated in the meaningful event that was held in Putrajaya Malaysia. The said agreement was signed by Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport and Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department. Bilateral committee was formed to oversee the agreement. The committee members are from both Singapore and Malaysia, led by senior government officials.
The agreement officially formalizes all the important milestones of the project including safety matters, technical issues and security requirements. Other important topics included such as the financial, commercial, frameworks for regulatory compliances, proper procurement and all customs related matters. All are based on the memorandum of understanding that was signed earlier in July. Both countries have come to an agreement to design, build, finance and maintain all related civil activities and stations within each of the country’s own territory, which will be done through the appointed InfraCos, Land Transport Authority and MyHSR.
Tender activity for the authorization of a development partner will commence early next year, 2017. Support in project management, advice for technical and procurement and technical and safety standards development will be provided by the JDP. Both the countries will be calling tenders at the end of 2017 for appointment of AssetsCo. This company will be responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining the rolling stock and railway systems that covers the track, power and telecommunication. In addition, the company will design a double track line featuring a track line that accommodates various types of conventional high speed rail trains and technology that are readily available. Some stations to be set up including one in Jurong East in Singapore, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh and Batu Pahat in Malaysia.
Besides appointing AssetsCo to be responsible in certain parts of the project, OpCo International is called to operate the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore non-stop Express Service with a 90 minutes journey time. Not only that, it also operates the cross-border Shuttle Service between Iskandar Puteri and Singapore. Citizens can expect the train services for the direct Kuala Lumpur – Singapore HSR Express to commence by end of 2026. As for the point for custom purposes, the immigration and quarantine facilities will be stationed at Singapore, Bandar Malaysia and Iskandar Puteri.