Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail project reportedly attracts interest from China

The Jurong Country Club site, where the high-speed rail terminus will be located.
The Jurong Country Club site, where the high-speed rail terminus will be located. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

BEIJING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A move to build a high-speed rail (HSR) line linking Singapore and Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur has attracted interest from various countries with this kind of technology.

Among these countries is reportedly China, which aims to build and perhaps help run the proposed 350km-long track in Malaysia and Singapore.

Though somewhat of a latecomer to the scene (its first HSR line was built in 2003), China has aggressively pushed these trains across its country.

In January this year, China had 19,000km of HSR tracks - the longest total in the world. It aims to have 30,000km of HSR lines by 2020.

At the moment, negotiations on the project are ongoing between Malaysia and Singapore.

A memorandum of understanding is also due to be signed in the middle of the year.

With tenders for the project expected to be opened later in 2016, the battle to win the bid for the multibillion-dollar contract is expected to get very hot.