Mahathir confirms high-speed rail project with Singapore to be scrapped

Mahathir Bin Mohamad

Dr Mahathir had issued a statement on the anti-fake news law and police will abide by it, he said.

With the recent scrapping of the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, loads of Malaysians are wondering what other projects will be abolished by the new government in efforts to save money.

The project, valued by analysts at about RM50 billion, is out for tender and is scheduled to be completed by 2026.

"It is a final decision but it will take time because we have an agreement with Singapore".

Implying that the stunning election upset he led across the causeway may have a ripple effect in Singapore, Dr Mahathir said: "I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be exhausted of having the same government, the same party since independence".

A spokesperson added: "We look forward to further developing the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail under the new Malaysian Government as an opportunity to accelerate inclusive growth and maximise socio-economic benefits for the seven cities along the [high-speed rail] corridor as well as improve living standards for all Malaysians".




Abdul Rahman said Malaysia would lose an estimated RM209 billion in gross national income (GNI) contribution and also the potential to create 70,000 jobs if the HSR was called off.

Najib said at the time: "One can have breakfast in Kuala Lumpur, lunch in Singapore, and be back in time for dinner in Kuala Lumpur".

The newly-elected government is looking to reduce its commitment to major projects in a bid to trim Malaysia's national debt.

The project was planned to stretch 688km, connecting the South China Sea at the Thai border in the east with the shipping routes of the Strait of Malacca in the west.

The huge debt is partly due to a massive corruption scandal at the 1MDB state investment fund set up by Najib that led voters to abandon him, and sparked investigations in the US and several other countries.

When asked if changes is expected in the EC or if Mohd Hashim will be investigated, Dr Mahathir said: "I understand he (Mohd Hashim) wants to resign, but if there is anything against him, action will be according to the laws of this country,".

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