SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) late Friday (Jun 19) said that its CEO was misquoted in an interview pubished by a Malaysian business paper, that it preferred to terminate the upcoming high-speed rail (HSR) terminus at the two nations’ existing CIQ (customs, immigration and quarantine) complex in Johor Bahru.
In an interview with The Edge Malaysia published on Monday, SPAD’s CEO Mohd Nur Ismal Mohd Kamal was asked to elaborate on how the final station on Singapore’s end is “an issue”.
“We would prefer to terminate the line at the existing CIQ. However, Singapore wants it to terminate in Jurong East and understandably so,” he said. “Just as we want to develop Bandar Malaysia, they want to use the HSR to drive development in Jurong East.
“From our perspective, by terminating it at the CIQ, the entire project will be within our borders and we will have more control of it. This will be closer to Orchard Road than Jurong East,” The Edge quoted him as saying. “But of course, we have to weigh Singapore’s economic and commercial considerations as well to come to an agreement.” Read more…