Malaysia to spend $49b on rail projects

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High-Speed-TrainMalaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced on September 11 that the government will be spending some $49 billion on rail-related projects including a high-speed train service to Singapore to be finished by 2020.

“Now, more than ever, we are seeing a massive expansion of the rail network in Asia, including in Malaysia,” Najib said.

He added that the Land Transport Authority was in the midst of formulating a National Land Public Transport Masterplan which will include a planning toolkit to facilitate urban rail development in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region.

The rail strategy will also consider ways to maximise the use of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd or KTMB network, Malaysia’s oldest rail network, by expanding capacity as well as inclusion of new lines and extensions over the next 10 years.

Najib also said that the high-speed rail project between Malaysia and Singapore is expected to be completed by 2020. The 330 kilometer rail line would cut the land commuting time between the two countries to 90 minutes.

The rail projects are expected to create 130,000 jobs. The government through the Malaysia Industry Government Group for High Technology had forged a working relationship with the Thales Group of France and set up a training center to churn out knowledgeable and skilled rail workers.

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced on September 11 that the government will be spending some $49 billion on rail-related projects including a high-speed train service to Singapore to be finished by 2020.

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High-Speed-TrainMalaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced on September 11 that the government will be spending some $49 billion on rail-related projects including a high-speed train service to Singapore to be finished by 2020.

“Now, more than ever, we are seeing a massive expansion of the rail network in Asia, including in Malaysia,” Najib said.

He added that the Land Transport Authority was in the midst of formulating a National Land Public Transport Masterplan which will include a planning toolkit to facilitate urban rail development in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region.

The rail strategy will also consider ways to maximise the use of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd or KTMB network, Malaysia’s oldest rail network, by expanding capacity as well as inclusion of new lines and extensions over the next 10 years.

Najib also said that the high-speed rail project between Malaysia and Singapore is expected to be completed by 2020. The 330 kilometer rail line would cut the land commuting time between the two countries to 90 minutes.

The rail projects are expected to create 130,000 jobs. The government through the Malaysia Industry Government Group for High Technology had forged a working relationship with the Thales Group of France and set up a training center to churn out knowledgeable and skilled rail workers.

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