The international open tender award process of the Kuala Lumpur Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) most probably will go alive starting early next year in two stages and expected to be finalized by the end of 2016.
This strategic cross-boarder project cost is estimated to exceed more than 15 billion USD and expected to start in 2017 and will be completed within 5 years.
Early November, the Japan Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii has visited Malaysia in series of meeting to promote the Japan Shinkansen system to the Malaysia government representative including Malaysia Prime Minister. During the meeting, the Japan representative explained on the Shinkansen high safety features and their cooperation in financial matter, at the same time sharing their knowledge to develop areas along the rail lines. Ishii told that Malaysia seems very interested and is seriously considering the Shinkansen system. Before this, Japan had the track record of building high speed rail in Taiwan that completed in 2007.
In other occasion, Japan has expresses their strong interest in this project through Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting with Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Naypyidaw.
Meanwhile, Japan had approached the high speed rail in Indonesia but unfortunately the Indonesia government has appointed China according to the latest news in September 2015. For Malaysia HSR, it is expected to be an intense competition with China, Korea and Germany are going to participate to bid this project.
A Malaysian who spent almost 5 years in Kyushu University, Japan during his study. After graduated from Japan, he worked with Japanese automotive industry, 3 years in Malaysia and 2 years in Thailand as company window person. Currently works as a Japanese translator and interpreter.