Bullet train exhibition shows what Singapore-M'sia HSR could be

Bullet train exhibition shows what Singapore-M'sia HSR could be
The 2026 operational deadline for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail, though realistic, will not be easily met and requires political commitment for it to happen.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Almost every Malaysian who travels to Japan will undoubtedly rave about the Shinkansen high-speed train.

Japan's national pride, the Shinkansen rail technology is revered for its efficiency and safety measures.

Malaysians who wonder what the Japanese Bullet Train network would look like if it were built here can now head over to Isetan The Japan Store in Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, for an exhibition on the rail link.

The Project Shinkansen exhibition showcases the possible look and feel of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) if it was built with Shinkansen technology.

Japan ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa, who launched the exhibition yesterday, said there had been no fatal incidents since the Shinkansen started operations about 50 years ago.

"Our average delay is also very low, only one minute in a year.

"All this shows how efficient, secure and advanced our technology is, and we are happy to share our expertise with Malaysia and Singapore," he said.

Dr Miyagawa said if Japan won the tender for the HSR project, it would also offer human resource development and technology transfer.

"We want to enable Malaysia and Singapore to operate the system from the very first day it goes public," he said.

The exhibition runs from today to March 9. Admission is free.

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