Fate of HSR rests on discussion between Malaysia and Singapore

(Bernama) – Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has acknowledged the benefit of Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) but insisted that the fate of the mega-project could hinge on the outcome of the discussion between both countries.

“I’m not saying that it is a terrible project. Certainly, any infrastructure projects will benefit both Malaysia and Singapore,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby today.

Azmin said he would be meeting Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan soon to find the best solution in the best interest of both countries.

“Well, I don’t wish to disclose the options at this moment. Let both parties meet and discuss all options available before us,” he said.

Based on a diplomatic note sent by the Singapore Government to Wisma Putra, the proposed meeting should be held by the end of this month, he said, adding that he would try to accommodate the request and find a mutually agreed date for the meeting.

He said the HSR solution must also preserve the long-standing diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Singapore.

“We always regard and will continue to regard Singapore not only as our strategic partner but also a crucial partner,” he added.