The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (KL-SG HSR) project is under review following the election of a new government in Putrajaya led by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Whatever the outcome, there is one issue that needs to be looked at more closely: profitability.
The project's profitability will depend on the extent of regional economic integration - the free movement of people, labour, goods and capital across national borders - as well as how urban agglomeration unfolds within Asean.
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