Do Malaysia and Singapore really need a high-speed rail?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 12, 2020 05:09 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 12, 2020 05:10 AM

For the moment at least,Malaysia doesn’t really need a high-speed rail[HSR].

In the case of Singapore,the HSR is a prioritized agenda because its government through its investment arm Temasik Holdings has largely funded it.

The Lee Hsien Loong regime places importance on this project because of its far reaching impact on the economy of Singapore.

The outlined HSR reaches the Singapore side of East Jurong.Vast acres of land have been reclaimed to make way for the realisation of a modern commute speed way that will promote tourism in the Asean region.Singaporean economists,researchers and their related Think Tank have been relentless in pursuing this latest craze of technology.They envisage a Singapore-Malaysia region having the same synergy in development and for that to happen,there must be connectivity.And this is where the HSR comes into play.

Just imagine the Singaporean reaction when the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad announced recently that the planned HSR could not proceed as scheduled.

Che Det came under fire for calling for the temporary halt of a project so gargantuan.

This is because wealthy China businessmen have invested heavily in Jurong where is a large presence of PRCs,mostly young women.

Local Singaporean Victor Manokaran could not help but be alarmed that the HSR isn’t going to get off the ground.

Like many Indians who have moved to Jurong,Manokaran dreams of owing a business there.

Moreover,his Chinese girlfriend Zhengjie is from Guangzhou.Both passionate lovebirds hope to start a family in Jurong.

Malaysia,under the new government of Pakatan Harapan doesn’t view the HSR as relatively important although its Asean neighbour from down South thinks otherwise.

The Malaysians understandably object the HSR because its implementation can be costly and enormous.

You need a massive RM 30 billion to finance the HSR and as far as Malaysia is concerned,is it financially in the dark to support it?

For Singapore on her part,she is ever willing to support such a scheme of colossal proportions because she has the financial clout to do it.

Not necessarily so when it duly concerns Malaysia.

With a critical national debt at RM 1 trillion,is it logical in the eloquent sense to embrace the HSR?

What more,there are other existing modes of the commute system that Malaysians and Singaporeans have obviously overlooked in their bid to start the HSR.

Like utilising to the maximum one’s own cars,Malayan Railway, buses,taxis,Grab,MAS,Singapore Airlines and Air Asia.

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