Najib raps Singapore ties under Mahathir

Najib raps Singapore ties under Mahathir

Singapore was part of Malaysia after the end of British colonial rule but they separated acrimoniously in 1965, clouding diplomatic and economic dealings for decades.

Each country will appoint an Infrastructure Company (InfraCo) to fund, build, own, maintain, and renew the civil infrastructure and stations within their respective territories.

This MRT service, slated to begin service by the end of December 2024, will be able to carry up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction. The project's original goal was to have the link operational by 2018. To facilitate passenger flow, it will have co-located customs, immigration and quarantine facilities.

Moreover, they said that the RTS link stations will be well-integrated within the local public transport networks of both countries.

A joint venture of Prasarana and SMRT is to be incorporated by June 30, and would design, build, finance, operate, maintain and renew the operating assets including rolling stock, track and railway systems under a 30-year concession agreement which is expected to be signed by September 30. The fares would be set commercially by an operating company that would be appointed by both governments. Subsequent operating concessions would be awarded by open tender.

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The RTS Link will cross the Strait of Johor on a 25m-high bridge between Woodlands North station in Singapore and Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru.

To benefit from economies of scale, the RTS Link is to utilise the same rolling stock, signalling, communication and control technologies as the Thomson-East Coast Line which is now under construction in Singapore and will have its northern terminus at Woodlands North.

The document was signed by Singapore's Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, and Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Najib, who arrived here Monday, for the eight annual retreat between Malaysian and Singapore leaders had earlier paid a courtesy call on President Halimah Yacob. The bilateral agreement captured the key points of agreement on the RTS Link project, including the technical, safety and security requirements, commercial, financing, procurement and regulatory frameworks, as well as customs, immigration and quarantine arrangements.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong launched the simultaneous opening of the Marina One and DUO joint development projects on Monday night (Jan 15).

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