Korean rail firm still eye­ing HSR project

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: South Korea hopes to clinch the Kuala Lumpur-Sin­ga­pore High Speed Rail (HSR) project de­spite in­tense lob­by­ing by two Asian pow­er­houses.

The Kore­ans are bank­ing on their suc­cess in de­vel­op­ing their own HSR tech­nol­ogy and con­struc­tion meth­ods for the past 12 years.

Korea Rail Net­work Author­ity re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yoon Chi Man said it will of­fer Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, “a dis­tinc­tive busi­ness model in terms of project plan­ning and cost”.

“We are also will­ing to share our ex­pe­ri­ence with Malaysia in de­vel­op­ing in­de­pen­dent tech­nolo­gies which can greatly re­duce main­te­nance costs and will help the two coun­tries in the long run,” he told theSun.

“We be­lieve we are in a bet­ter po­si­tion for this project,” he added.

In an in­ter­view with China’s busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion 21st Cen­tury Busi­ness Her­ald in April last year, former Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mohd Nur Is­mal Ka­mal had stated that safety was the first de­ter­min­ing cri­te­ria for the 350km HSR project.

“At the same time, the to­tal project cost must also be con­sid­ered.

“What I am re­fer­ring to is not the ini­tial cost of the project, it also in­cludes the sub­se­quent op­er­a­tion, main­te­nance and re­pair costs,” said Nur Is­mal.

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