KUALA LUMPUR – The KL-Singapore High Speed Rail’s (HSR) stations are envisioned to become a hub and gateway to Malaysia’s modern and most advanced cities, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said this vision was an equally important element that would drive Malaysia towards achieving the Transformation 2050 (TN50) aspiration.
“Beyond revolutionising connectivity between two of South-East Asia’s major economic forces, the HSR will fundamentally merge the cities which stand to gain from the agglomerate network of larger market demand, wider talent pool, infrastructure and clusters of business opportunities,” he said.
He said this at the unveiling of of KL-Singapore HSR station concept designs here yesterday.
Najib said for the nation, the HSR would position it as the preferred investment destination in the region, providing wider investment opportunities and diversification.
MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, said the project was an iconic game changer for the nation and would encourage it to remain competitive, moderate and dynamic to keep the pace with the rest of the world.
“The investment we made today will accelerate us towards achieving the goal of TN50 in becoming the top 20 nation in economic development, social advancement and innovation,” he said.
He said the bidding of the project, expected by year-end, has already garnered huge interest with many companies already forming partnerships and consortiums in advance to participate in the tender.
The KL-Singapore HSR, slated to start operation by 2026, connects the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Bangi, Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.