If only YTL authorized to develop LRT hyperlink to S’pore | Everyday Express On the web

If only YTL authorized to develop LRT hyperlink to S’pore | Everyday Express On the web
ON Jan 1, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong announced in a joint assertion that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Large Pace Rail (HSR) undertaking has been terminated, right after the two nations around the world unsuccessful to access settlement on modifications proposed by Malaysia by the deadline of Dec 31.

Next this, Minister in the Primary Minister’s Section (Overall economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed reported the authorities will undertake a thorough analyze to discover all doable alternatives, which includes the viability of a domestic HSR undertaking and its added benefits to Malaysians.

When questioned by a reporter last thirty day period, I gave many pertinent good reasons that it is far better not to carry on with the HSR venture if the prepare support terminates in Johor Baru.

On Jul 18, 2018, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali reported the government’s estimated RM110 billion selling price tag for the HSR undertaking integrated concealed prices not discovered by the former administration which gave a figure of RM72 billion.


It is now believed that the cost of construction of the HSR job was very last quoted to be all over RM60 billion. As contained in the bilateral settlement signed in 2016, Malaysia would have to fork out compensation for leaving out Singapore, and this could cost RM300 million. This will definitely spur unlimited rounds of explanations and justifications from numerous sides.

8 decades back, I was commissioned to publish and address perennial concerns impacting general public street transportation between peninsula Malaysia and Thailand. To resolve legacy issues, I utilized rail transport for context.

 It now will make intriguing examining and reproduced in whole underneath.

“In the late 1990s, YTL Company mooted a highspeed rail (HSR) undertaking linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. 

If it experienced taken off, the company would have been just as well-known as the Ekspres Rail Backlink that connects Kuala Lumpur Global Airport (KLIA) to KL Sentral, a job jointly designed by MRCB and YTL, and in operation due to the fact 2002. The estimated charge for the KL-S’pore HSR url has due to the fact swelled from RM8bil to RM30bil, if accomplished by 2020.

Japan has been employing bullet trains, recognized by the nickname Shinkansen, since the 1960s, followed by the French with their quicker TGV. Now, China has the most intensive network of HSR and it probably bought there additional through default than by design and style.

A late developer does not necessarily get rid of out in all areas. When countries with experienced railway programs grapple with a mixture of previous and modern day equipment and gear, China was cost-free to introduce the most current point out-of-the-art technological know-how.

Also, having delayed the introduction of HSR by 15 several years has offered us the possibility to leapfrog other people if the Land General public Transport Commission (SPAD) opts for magnetic levitation (Maglev) technology.

Maglev trains are as rapidly as professional aircraft and have achieved speeds approaching 600kph. Those in use amongst Shanghai and Pudong international airport have tested to be extremely trustworthy.


Cruising at an regular speed of 500kph, it would just take only 48 minutes to journey 400km and would absolutely set Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as twin iconic towns in the environment map.

Though we are going ahead into new frontiers with our southern neighbour, the northern border continues to be a boundary trapped in a time warp.

Preserving the standing quo would enhance a grand style and design that facilitates contraband and corrupt routines to prosper amidst an organised chaos.

For instance, there was a modern strike by employed car (outstation taxi) drivers at Bukit Kayu Hitam in protest versus a bilateral settlement that lets Thai automobiles into the peninsula all the way to Johor Baru whereas Malaysian automobiles are limited to 2km into Thailand.

Community road transportation operators have pleaded with the Road Transportation Division to act on Thai autos “encroaching” into their territory and affecting their livelihood.

On the other hand, Thai operators see these kinds of enforcements as harassment and before long enough, the Thai authorities would reciprocate by putting up roadblocks to end Malaysian automobiles in Thailand.

Battling over fishing legal rights or engaging in tit-for-tat by enforcement agencies has in no way been the best way to deal with any cross border conflict.

Instead of waiting for the 2009 Asean Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-Point out Transportation signed by Ministers of Transportation to be wonderful tuned, it would be additional powerful for the Cupboard to appoint the Tourism Ministry as the guide company to resolve difficulties affecting community street transportation in between peninsula Malaysia and Thailand.

The issue can be superior settled in a holistic way by developing a win-acquire problem for all to encourage tourism and not by means of very long negotiations, which are far more suited for trade agreements.


Also, the hired-car or truck drivers need to have to be educated that the community would want much less expensive categorical buses for extensive outstation trips and Thai visitors are more snug travelling in their individual buses and vans to tour our place.

Equally, the Tourism Authority of Thailand would welcome hordes of Malaysian vacationers travelling in Bas Persiaran touring South Thailand and contributing to the local economy.

In the course of the 1960s and early 1970s, hired cars and trucks ended up mainly Mercedes Benz and employed to be the most popular mode of general public transportation for outstation vacation in peninsular Malaysia till they misplaced out to convey buses.

The employed-motor vehicle drivers ought to realise that their sunset market has been on a continuous decline about the previous 40 decades and ought to get out of their individual lure.

A lot of of those people who remained have most likely found profitable side money from the hustle and bustle of border town actions.

Finally, it is needed to engineer quantum leap steps to lift masses of persons out of time warps so that extra of our citizens march in sync to the realisation of Vision 2020.”

YS Chan