SINGAPORE-MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTERS' ANNUAL RETREAT

Rail link to make S'pore, KL 'one virtual urban community'

Analysts see it as icing on the cake after the POA breakthrough in 2010

 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (sixth from left) and his team holding talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team during a leaders’ retreat at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore yesterday. Evoking the way London and Paris have been made 'twin cities' via the Eurostar train, PM Lee said a high-speed link allows people to live in one and work in the other. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

THE proposed high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will transform two cities into "one virtual urban community", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

Evoking the way London and Paris have been made "twin cities" via the Eurostar train, he said a high-speed link allows people to live in one and work in the other.

Parisians and Londoners "can go up there, do business, meet friends, have a meal - and come back all the way at the end of the day," he said at a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday.

Examples closer to home are the high-speed train networks that connect Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and the major cities of China, he said.

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