Thursday, November 22, 2007

Govt Yet To Decide On High-speed Train Project

The decision on the proposed high-speed train between Kuala Lumpur-Johor Baharu-Singapore will be made after a detailed study on it is concluded, the Dewan Rakyat was told Thursday.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Raman Suliman said the study focused on the economic and social impact of the project on the country.

"I would like to announce that the government has yet to make a decision on it and has not called off the project," he said in reply to Teng Boon Soon (BN-Tebrau) who wanted to know whether the government had scrapped the project.

Abdul Raman said the government had to study the project from various aspects like the costs and impact including on the Iskandar Development Region (IDR).

He said the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) was also studying the competitiveness of the project and its implications on the KL International Airport and highways.

"As such, the EPU needs to hold discussions with the private sector on the financing aspect of the project and more time is needed to consider other relevant matters," he said.

Source : Bernama
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