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Singapore, Malaysia likely to sign deal on high-speed rail next month

Singapore trainEarly next month, Singapore and Malaysia are expected to sign an agreement on developing the high-speed rail (HSR) that will link the two countries.

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“We are working towards signing the bilateral agreement on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail at the next leaders’ retreat on December 5, 2016,” a spokesperson from Singapore’s Transport Ministry said.

The rail project was first announced in 2013 by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Both are scheduled to witness the signing of the agreement at their annual leaders’ retreat in Johor Baru, diplomats told Malaysia’s The New Straits Times.

The signing of the agreement will pave the way for construction to start in 2018, and the HSR is targeted to begin operations by 2026.

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