Anwar Ibrahim and PM Lee witness the symbolic connection of the Malaysia-Singapore RTS Link, reinforcing bilateral commitment. The RTS project aims to transform relations with swift and convenient travel.
JOHOR BAHRU, 11th Jan 2024 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong jointly marked a historic moment as they witnessed the symbolic connection of the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) project between Malaysia and Singapore in Johor Bahru. This marked the completion of the marine viaduct span, a crucial meeting point in the project.
This significant event not only represented a pivotal point in the RTS Link development but also showcased the strengthened commitment of both countries to this multi-billion ringgit project. The occasion marked the first on-site meeting of the two leaders in relation to the project.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Anwar and PM Lee participated in a plaque signing ceremony, symbolizing the shared commitment to the project’s construction. The RTS Link project has achieved a progress level of 65% as of December 31, 2023, meeting the scheduled milestones.
Key figures present at the ceremony included Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Singapore Acting Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat, and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
The RTS Link project, a 4km-long commuter train network with stations at Bukit Chagar and Woodlands North, Singapore, aims to accommodate up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction. With an estimated journey time of around five minutes, the RTS line is scheduled for completion in December 2026, offering a seamless and comfortable travel experience between Singapore and Johor Bahru.
Beyond the immediate transportation benefits, the RTS project, coupled with the ongoing discussions on the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone initiative, is anticipated to usher in a new era in bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore.