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Malaysia will soon be finalising the draft alignment for the KL-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR). This will be done before the memorandum of understanding is signed by both countries in July, The Sun Daily reports.

According to MyHSR Corp chairman, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, bilateral negotiations with Singapore are still in the process. The Malaysian government is hoping to finalise relevant details in the next 12 weeks. “At the moment, we are finalising the draft alignment. It is almost complete but we have to work together with Singapore,” Ali Hamsa said at the unveiling of the MyHSR logo in Putrajaya.

Meanwhile, when he was asked as to whether there was a possibility that the HSR would be linked to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as one of the transit points, Hamsa replied, “we are open to options and we will announce everything in July.” For the HSR coastal draft alignment, transit points proposed include Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal, CEO of MyHSR disclosed that a total of 226 expressions of interest and 98 responses have been received in the Request for Information (RFI) exercise or market sensing, last year. The RFI is an exercise meant to measure market interest and gather industry views relating to the commercial and technical aspects of the project.

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It includes proposed commercial models and procurement approaches that are provided by multinational firms with diverse business backgrounds in rolling stock provider, technical consultant, rail operators, civil and construction firms. Participants are said to come from China, South Korea, Germany, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

“The RFI input that we gathered would be used during our negotiation with Singapore so that is the basis of what we are deciding on, to be announced in July,” Mohd Nur said, adding, “the important thing is the RFI will provide towards the commercial and technical aspects of HSR that form the basis of the selections (formal tender process) later.”

At this moment, MyHSR is carrying out a Request for Proposal (RFP) which will go on until May 6, 2016. It is opened to technical consultancy firms with high-speed rail and rail expertise in constructing project with over 200 km of track length.