Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail: Anticipation high despite HSR delay

Malaysians living along the proposed line talk about their hopes, after a deal was inked to defer work on the project to 2020.

Carrying a basket of snacks and a hot drink under one arm and her 18-month-old granddaughter under the other, Malaysian housewife Munitha Rajugopal hauls herself up the steel steps to board the state-run Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train from Paloh, a small town in Johor where oil palm and rubber trees tower over houses and shops.

Three hours later, she arrives in Johor Baru, where her son works and lives. "The train is very slow. It's faster to take the bus but also unsafe. Some drivers think they are in an F1 race. Hopefully, Malaysia will have a faster train service soon and tickets won't be too expensive," the 48-year-old told The Sunday Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'Anticipation high despite HSR delay'. Print Edition | Subscribe