Land acquisition has started for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail: Malaysian PM Najib

Artist's impression of the upcoming Bandar Malaysia High Speed Rail (HSR) station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The iconic Bandar Malaysia station is the first station for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR, acting as a gateway to Malaysia and will connect
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bandar Malaysia High Speed Rail (HSR) station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The iconic Bandar Malaysia station is the first station for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR, acting as a gateway to Malaysia and will connect with the mass rapid transit, commuter and airport rail. The station's design is inspired by the confluence of Gombak River and Klang River. PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bangi-Putrajaya High Speed Rail station in Malaysia. The station is inspired by Islamic architecture that can be seen in mosques in the country. This station envisions Malaysia's aspirations as a progressive nation
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bangi-Putrajaya High Speed Rail station in Malaysia. The station is inspired by Islamic architecture that can be seen in mosques in the country. This station envisions Malaysia's aspirations as a progressive nation, articulated by the pointed arches which symbolise standing united. PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Seremban High Speed Rail station in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. A station in the park at the heart of the Malaysian Vision Valley, the Seremban station combines elements of green beauty, futuristic development and p
Artist's impression of the upcoming Seremban High Speed Rail station in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. A station in the park at the heart of the Malaysian Vision Valley, the Seremban station combines elements of green beauty, futuristic development and proud heritage of the Sri Menanti Palace that served as a palace for the Royal family of Negeri Sembilan. PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Melaka High Speed Rail station in Malaysia. The Melaka station is inspired by the bustling Straits of Malacca connecting the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean as the main shipping channel. The station's design has a m
Artist's impression of the upcoming Melaka High Speed Rail station in Malaysia. The Melaka station is inspired by the bustling Straits of Malacca connecting the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean as the main shipping channel. The station's design has a modern take on sails, from Melaka's historical roots as a thriving shipping port to a futuristic vision of Melaka.PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Muar High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. The 'rehal', a book rest used when reciting the Quran, symbolises the instrumental role of Muar, home to numerous academic and political leaders, in Malaysian histor
Artist's impression of the upcoming Muar High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. The 'rehal', a book rest used when reciting the Quran, symbolises the instrumental role of Muar, home to numerous academic and political leaders, in Malaysian history. Muar continues as the centre of education and development within Malaysia, which seeks to be the newest hub of higher learning.PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Batu Pahat High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. The Batu Pahat station is inspired by a prominent local culture of Johor known as the "Kuda Kepang" dance, that is accompanied by traditional musical instrumen
Artist's impression of the upcoming Batu Pahat High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. The Batu Pahat station is inspired by a prominent local culture of Johor known as the "Kuda Kepang" dance, that is accompanied by traditional musical instruments when performed. The dance is a regular fixture at celebrations and grand occasions in Johor. PHOTO: EDELMAN
Artist's impression of the upcoming Iskandar Puteri High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. This is the last station in Malaysia before the border-crossing, which signifies the role of borders as a meeting place between people and culture. The st
Artist's impression of the upcoming Iskandar Puteri High Speed Rail station in Johor, Malaysia. This is the last station in Malaysia before the border-crossing, which signifies the role of borders as a meeting place between people and culture. The station's design is inspired by the gesture of a handshake.PHOTO: EDELMAN
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said MyHSR, the Malaysian delivery partner for the bilateral project, has submitted applications for land freezing, so that the viability of the pre-selected corridor can be studied.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said MyHSR, the Malaysian delivery partner for the bilateral project, has submitted applications for land freezing, so that the viability of the pre-selected corridor can be studied.PHOTO: EDELMAN

KUALA LUMPUR - The land acquisition process for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) has begun, said Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (Oct 17), adding that a three-month public consultation for Malaysians to give feedback or raise concerns will be launched next month (November).

Datuk Seri Najib said MyHSR, the Malaysian delivery partner for the bilateral project, has submitted applications for land freezing, so that the viability of the pre-selected corridor can be studied.

"These selected areas are further refined to reflect public feedback on the alignment," he said, when launching concept designs for Malaysia's seven HSR stops.

MyHSR's commercial director Tonny Yeap said actual land acquisition could start by the middle of next year.

Kuala Lumpur and Singapore signed an agreement last December to build and complete the HSR by 2026. The line will have eight stations. Singapore's station will be in Jurong East, while there will be seven stops in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Iskandar Puteri. Most of the line - 335km of it - will be in Malaysia, with the remaining 15km in Singapore.

Responding to reports that developers of Forest City in Johor have lobbied the government to place a station in the mega property project just west of the Second Link crossing between Singapore and Malaysia, MyHSR chief executive, Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, said the Land Public Transport Commission is looking at the proposal. "They will come up with a decision with the government. As of now, we have seven stations in Malaysia and one in Singapore. I can't speak for the future but our current plan is to focus on these stations," he said.

 

When asked about potential bidders for the project, Mr Nur Ismal said two industry briefings have been held in Singapore and London. "We are made to understand that activities leading up to the tender are very exciting. And various parties are teaming up to bid."

He said there will likely be multiple bids when the call for tender is launched at the end of the year. Bids will be submitted by the middle of next year.

The public consultation will start on Nov 1, with information on the 350km rail at key locations along the HSR corridor to be made available.

The station designs are inspired by local elements such as Islamic architecture, Malacca's history as an important trading hub and the Kuda Kepang tradition of Johor, where the lion's share of the track will pass through.

It is expected that the express service between the two capitals will take just 90 minutes, with a transit service stopping at each station. It now takes four hours to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by car.