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Issues  |  JULY 6, 2015 12:00AM

Who needs RM40 billion high-speed rail?

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There are many issues surrounding the construction of this high-speed rail link to Singapore, although proponents suggest the economic multipliers alone, which could be gained from such a project, are enough to justify its price tag. Critics say the costs, long-term feasibility, and ability to gain an adequate ridership will all make such a link economically unfeasible. The government would have spent at least RM36 billion by the time double-tracking is finished by perhaps 2016. How can the project be made to work? And what lessons can be learnt from it before Malaysia commits to a KL-Singapore high-speed rail link? Before Malaysia commits to building such a link to Singapore, the government should show beyond doubt that such a link is indeed the best way to spend such a vast amount of money.



 
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