Malaysia: Land acquisition has started for KL-SG HSR: Najib

  • The land acquisition process for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) has begun, said Prime Minister Najib Razak on 17 Oct 17, adding that a three-month public consultation for Malaysians to give feedback or raise concerns will be launched in Nov 17.
  • Datuk Seri Najib said MyHSR, the Malaysian delivery partner for the bilateral project, has submitted applications for land freezing, so that the viability of the pre-selected corridor can be studied.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Singapore signed an agreement in Dec 16 to build and complete the HSR by 2026. The line will have eight stations. Singapore’s station will be in Jurong East, while there will be seven stops in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Iskandar Puteri. Most of the line – 335km of it – will be in Malaysia, with the remaining 15km in Singapore.
  • Responding to reports that developers of Forest City in Johor have lobbied the government to place a station in the mega property project just west of the Second Link crossing between Singapore and Malaysia, MyHSR chief executive, Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, said the Land Public Transport Commission is looking at the proposal.
  • When asked about potential bidders for the project, Mr Nur Ismal said two industry briefings have been held in Singapore and London. He said there will likely be multiple bids when the call for tender is launched at the end of 2017. Bids will be submitted by the middle of 2018.
  • The public consultation will start on 1 Nov 17, with information on the 350km rail at key locations along the HSR corridor to be made available.

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