SINGAPORE: The government is committed to continue with the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS Link) project despite asking for a six-month extension from Singapore, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pic).
He said both sides are currently working on a supplementary agreement as Malaysia is looking at options to further reduce the cost.
"At this point, we are committed to ensure that the project can be continued.
"On our side, we are looking at various options on how to reduce the cost," he said during a joint press conference on Sunday (April 21) with Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, after a welcome ceremony for Malaysian carrier Firefly's inaugural landing at Seletar Airport.
The project, signed early 2018 during the former Barisan Nasional administration, was initially scheduled for construction this year and was expected to be completed by December 2024.
Meanwhile, Khaw said that although the bilateral agreement did not support any suspension, in the spirit of bilateral cooperation, Singapore agreed to work on the supplementary agreement.
"But as in the case of HSR bilateral agreement, on the spirit of bilateral cooperation, we can work out amendments or what we call the supplementary agreement.
"So, I think the immediate first step is to settle, finalise and sign the supplementary agreement, which we hope will be done soon," said Khaw.