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Najib, Lee Hsien Loong To Witness High-Speed Rail MoU Signing Tuesday

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PUTRAJAYA: Leaders from Malaysia and Singapore will witness the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (Mou) concerning the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail on Tuesday.

The event will be held in conjunction with Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s one-day visit to Malaysia on July 19.

Wisma Putra, in a statement said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Lee would witness the signing ceremony of the MoU between the two governments.

The proposed 350-km line will begin in Bandar Malaysia, seven km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre and end in Jurong East, Singapore.

The proposed train service is expected to cut travel time to about 90 minutes from about five hours by road between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The proposed train is expected to have five transit stations, namely cities of Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.

The Wisma Putra statement said that Lee was also scheduled to have a four-eyed meeting with Najib to discuss bilateral issues of mutual concern.

Malaysia and Singapore enjoy excellent ties in various sectors including trade and investment, social, education, defence and security, as well as people-to-people relations.

In 2015, Singapore was Malaysia’s second largest trading partner globally and largest trading partner among member countries of ASEAN.

Total trade between the two countries was recorded at RM190.6bil (US$48.8bil) in 2015. – Bernama

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