A joint decision on the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed rail and rapid transit system will be made soon

Azmin Ali (left) and Khaw Boon Wan met in Singapore.
Facebook/Khaw Boon Wan

A decision on both the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) and the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) will be made soon, said Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday (Aug 30) on his Facebook page.

In the post, Mr Khaw, who is also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, wrote that he had sat down with Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali on Thursday in Singapore to “brainstorm ideas on how to further our bilateral relationship” and described the meeting as “delightful” .


Both also met last week in Putrajaya where Singapore and Malaysia agreed to put the HSR – a 350km rail line linking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, originally slated for completion in 2026 – on hold.
The RTS – a 4km line connecting Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru and Woodlands North – was slated to open by the end of 2024; but a June 30 deadline set for Singapore’s SMRT and Malaysia’s national rail operator Prasarana Malaysia to incorporate a joint venture company to operate the line was missed.