The Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD)’s CEO has stepped up to clear the air about previous media reports of the Malaysian government preferring to change the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus at Johor Bahru instead of Jurong East.
In his press release, the SPAD CEO said he was “regrettably misquoted” by the Malaysian media, The Edge Malaysia, and what he actually said was that Malaysia would prefer to have the train terminus at the Singapore Central Business District area, which is nearer to Singapore’s prime shopping district Orchard Road:
“We would have preferred to terminate the line at the CBD area. This will be closer to Orchard Road than Jurong East. However this is a joint project for the benefit of both countries and hence there has to be give and take.”
Presently, there is still no new project dates set for the estimated S$14 billion High Speed Rail, while the official stance on the project’s status from both Transport Ministries is “still in discussions”.