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Malaysia, Singapore sign high-speed rail deal

Staff Writer |
Malaysia and Singapore signed a final agreement to build a high-speed railway connecting the two countries' capitals.

The project, which will involve international tenders and construction of a third cross-border bridge, is expected to give their economies a lift.

"I look forward to taking my first trip to Kuala Lumpur in 10 years' time," Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a news conference with his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak.

The document on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed railway formalized project details including technical, safety and security requirements; financing; procurement; regulatory frameworks; and immigration arrangements.

The leaders said the agreement marked a "historic moment" in bilateral relations, six years after the project was first mooted by Malaysia as part of an economic development plan.

The 350-kilometer railway, which is slated to begin operating by the end of 2026, will have three services: a Kuala Lumpur-Singapore express service, a shuttle service between the southern city of Johor Bahru and Singapore, and a domestic service between towns in Malaysia.

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