KUALA LUMPUR (NST) – There is no point questioning whether there will be a delay in the completion of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project as negotiations between both countries are yet to be completed.
Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar said the plan to complete the mega project by 2020 was on track.
However, he said much depended on negotiations with Singapore.
“When we submitted the plan (for the HSR project), our target was to complete it by 2020. But that was before we negotiated with anybody.
“We have to remember, this project involves two countries, so, we have to discuss it with them (Singapore).
“We are not sure what questions will arise in the discussion, so the issue of a delay should not arise just yet.”
Syed Hamid said details would be finalised once the parties undertaking the project had been engaged.
“When we submitted the plan, (the completion date) was 2020 but, of course, plans have their own fluidity. We needed to work on a figure, and at that time (the planning stages), it was 2020.
“But we have to work ultimately on what the final agreement is. As soon as Singapore finishes the feasibility study and both sides agree that 2020 is achievable, then we will decide.
“They (Singapore) are looking at the financial model, the technical side and where the terminal on the Singapore side could be,” he said, adding that the report might be completed in January.
Syed Hamid was speaking after a seminar on “Sharing 50 years’ experience of the ‘Shinkansen’ High Speed Rail”.