A TALE OF 2 EMPTY VESSELS – AS ‘TIN KOSONG’ ANWAR BRAGS ABOUT HIS VISIT FROM SINGAPORE FOREIGN MINISTER VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN – OF ALL PEOPLE, HARDLINE PAS CHIEF HADI AWANG ALSO BOASTS HE TOO RECEIVED A SIMILAR COURTESY CALL

HSR not on agenda of Singapore minister’s visit to Malaysia

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan says his government will work with Malaysia to ensure the Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System is completed by 2026.

THE revival of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project was not discussed during the republic’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s recently concluded four-day official visit to Malaysia.

“No, we did not discuss that. We focused on the RTS – the Rapid Transit System that will connect Johor to Singapore,” Balakrishnan responded when asked by Singapore media on whether the revival of the HSR was discussed during his January 15 visit.

The full transcript of the minister’s Doorstop Interview at the conclusion of his official visit to Malaysia was made available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website today.

“The RTS project will be a significant boost for the people and workers on both sides of the Straits of Johor. It will provide for 10,000 passengers every hour.

As for other projects, Balakrishnan said Singapore will wait for proposals from Malaysia, and “will keep an open mind”.

“We are on the lookout for new projects or additional projects, which are of mutual benefit to both countries,” he said.

During his visit to Singapore on November 29, 2021, then Malaysian prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob suggested reviving discussions on the HSR.

On January 1, 2021, Malaysia and Singapore jointly announced the termination of the HSR project as both countries failed to reach an agreement on changes proposed by Malaysia before the project agreement lapsed on December 31, 2020.

Balakrishnan met Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah during his visit.

Balakrishnan also called on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his Malaysian counterpart Zambry Abdul Kadir, as well as other ministers, including Transport Minister Anthony Loke. – Bernama

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