Loke: Govt requested six months’ extension from Singapore over RTS project


KUALA LUMPUR: The government has requested a six-month extension from Singapore to make a decision on the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS Link) project, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

“We are asking for more time from Singapore for us to study other options. Of course, we are looking at the cost of the project, and how we can reduce the cost further.

“We are asking for a six-month extension until September,” he told reporters when asked to comment on the matter at the Parliament lobby on Monday (April 1).

The project, signed early 2018 during the former Barisan Nasional administration, was initially scheduled for construction this year and was expected to be competed by December, 2024.

On Sunday (March 31), former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had questioned the government’s delay of the RTS Link project.

“The agreement from Singapore is already there. The agreement was signed. Why wait any longer?” he posted on Facebook.

The project was aimed at addressing congestion in the daily commute between Malaysia and Singapore.

The RTS Link project would cover 4km of rail between Bukit Chagar, Johor Baru and Woodlands, Singapore, with the capacity to ferry 10,000 passengers an hour.


   

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