No new proposal from Malaysia for KL-SG HSR project yet, says Singapore – RFI exercise extended to Nov 15

No new proposal from Malaysia for KL-SG HSR project yet, says Singapore – RFI exercise extended to Nov 15

According to a report by The Straits Times, Singapore has not received a new proposal from Malaysia for a high-speed rail (HSR) line between the city state and Kuala Lumpur. This was revealed by Singapore’s acting transport minister Chee Hong Tat in Parliament on Thursday (August 3, 2023).

“Singapore is willing to discuss any new proposal for a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail from Malaysia in good faith, starting from a clean slate,” Chee said in response to questions from MPs. “We have not yet received any new proposal from Malaysia,” he added.

Chee’s comments came after Malaysia recently began seeking proposal to revive the project, which was terminated in 2021. In mid-July, MyHSR Corporation requested concept proposals from local and international firms for development and operation of the KL-SG HSR project through a public-private partnership model.

No new proposal from Malaysia for KL-SG HSR project yet, says Singapore – RFI exercise extended to Nov 15

Later in the month, it was revealed the purchase of the KL-SG HSR project’s request for information (RFI) documents would be extended throughout the concept proposal stage until November 15, 2023 due to the overwhelming response and requests. As such, interested parties would be able to purchase the RFI documents from now until November 15, which is the final date to submit proposals, reports Bernama.

“To date, close to 30 local and international firms have registered to purchase the RFI documents,” MyHSR Corporation said in a statement, adding that more than 700 local and foreign participants, attended the KL-SG HSR RFI briefing at the ministry of finance in Putrajaya on July 27.

“In addition to representatives from Malaysian companies, the RFI briefing was also attended by representatives of industry players from the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore,” the company noted. Chee said in Parliament that the Singapore authorities are not involved with the RFI exercise.

The initial KL-SG HSR proposal would cover 350 km and feature seven stations in Malaysia (Bandar Malaysia, Sepang to Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri), with trains stopping at Jurong East in Singapore.

The project was first agreed upon by both countries in 2013, with an agreement to construct it signed in 2016. However, the plan was put on ice in 2018 after then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad deemed it an unnecessary project. The KL-SG HSR project would be deferred for several months until December 2020 before it was terminated entirely on January 1, 2021. Malaysia paid Singapore around RM300 million for the termination.

In March this year, transport minister Anthony Loke said the government is open to proposals to revive the project from private parties that are technically and financially capable, and would accept new mechanisms of funding and implementation for it.

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  • Kea Was on Aug 04, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    So can we get back the RM330,000,000 tax money paid by the contestant in Hulu Langat for his blunder to cancel the project and talks about reviving it months later all while he jump ship or we need to demand it from him>

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    • Kanasai on Aug 04, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Defo will be cancel by yet another Pakatan gomen and this time we have pay double. Maybe this round better ask PH to pay the penalty from their own pockets instead of sucking from taxpayer coffers for their blunders. Can’t wait to kick them out when we still can.

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  • Peppa on Aug 04, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Good. We have bigger priorities other than this.

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    • Smart solution on Aug 04, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      From KL connect it to Bangkok HSR then it’s truly complete HSR line (SG-KL-Bangkok HSR line). Let private consortiums build it without govt fundings.

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    • Kanasai on Aug 04, 2023 at 6:57 pm

      Good? And this time who is going to pay the penalty for cancellation? Us taxpayers again?!

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  • jinggo on Aug 04, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    KL-SG HSR is a brilliant idea from Bossku. much more better than the Jakarta-Bandung HSR because KL-SG HSR connect between 2 country. pity the god damn PH gov cancelled the plan. WTH!!

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  • and the contract goes to………. CHINA
    who else?

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    • Critical Thinking on Aug 04, 2023 at 5:00 pm

      That’s why push the youth study technical/ vocational skills subjects to grab all the job opportunities. Don’t always depend on Banglas to do all the works.

      Blaming China, others but keep producing hopeless Mat Rempit will not bring any progress.

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  • Anwar Is USA Agent on Aug 04, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    Anwar is a agent of USA to sabotage China’s project in Asia which will also destroy our economy. Now you know why this project is not picking up. Anwar Ibrahim

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  • HSR should stop at jb’s RTS station. That will save 30% of construction cost if it were to build a bridge and a new station at Singapore’s planned cbd in jurong east. Our problem now is the visit of construction on singapore’s side as land acquisition will be expensive.

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  • Eager to know the estimated train ticket price.

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  • rosdi on Aug 05, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Kejap mau kejap tak mau, dulu sudah bayar juta2 to singapore because cancelled the project, now mau start again? Then bayar saman again?.. Malaysia either so rich or so dumb.

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  • Aasyafiq on Aug 05, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    KL-SG HSR, but Singapore not received any proposal from Malaysia. Is it possible?

    If want to do also, just use previous plan. Both Malaysia and Singapore must join venture and make an open international tender.

    Or make another ETS (but much faster train la) that follows the HSR line

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  • Squid on Aug 07, 2023 at 9:42 am

    This is not a priority right now. Not many Malaysians can afford going to Singapore. It will only benefit Singaporeans.

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