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The KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project has garnered a lot of interest according to Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar. In a report by The Star, he revealed that the commission received more than 220 enquiries during the project’s request for information (RFI) stage.

During the recent China High Speed Railway symposium at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 14 companies were invited by officials from Malaysia and Singapore so they could present their detailed views on the project.

“Ninety-eight firms made written submissions of their ideas on how the project should be implemented. And we invited 14 companies to give in-depth views in person,” said Syed Hamid. The interviews were conducted by SPAD and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority.

He added that the Transport Oriented Development, which is a mixed-use residential and commercial area aimed at maximising access to public transport – would also be put in place along the HSR line. “I believe the HSR project will transform the landscape of transportation and will bring long-term economic social benefit to Malaysia and Singapore,” he claimed.

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Syed Hamid also praised the China Railway Corporation, one of the 14 companies short-listed for the HSR project. The company was responsible in organising the recent symposium. “China has not only shown the interest but showed they are keen to win the bid. This is something that we can say about the Chinese companies,” he said.

He continued, “now we have the track from Kuala Lumpur right up to Sungai Besar, all using rolling stocks from China. Now even our LRT is going to use rolling stocks from Chinese companies,” stating that China had a strong part in Malaysia’s transport industry, supplying more than 80% of the rolling stocks in the country.

In addition, China had vowed to work with SPAD Academy in reviewing its module and curriculum to upgrade the skills of its members. Malaysia is expected to spend RM160 billion in railway projects that include the MRT Line, the LRT line extension, as well as double tracking and electrification of KTM tracks.