Malaysia committed to JB-S'pore rail project

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SINGAPORE - Malaysia is committed to continuing the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) project despite asking for a six-month extension from Singapore, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

He said both sides were currently working on a supplemental agreement as Malaysia was looking at options to further reduce the cost.

"We are committed to ensure the project can be continued," he said at a press conference with Singa­pore's Trans­port Minister Khaw Boon Wan after a ceremony for Firefly's arrival at Seletar Airport here yesterday.

The project, signed in early 2018, was initially scheduled for construc­tion this year and expected to be completed by December 2024.

It was reported that Malaysia requested a six-month suspension of the project to review certain terms of the agreement.

Khaw said although the bilateral agreement did not support any suspension, in the spirit of bilateral co-operation, Singapore would work on the supplementary agreement.

"Like in the case of High Speed Rail bilateral agreement, we can work on amendments or what we call the supplementary agreement.

"So, I think the first step is to finalise and sign the supplementary agreement, which we hope will be done soon," said Khaw.