SINGAPORE, Jan 16 (Xinhua): Singapore and Malaysia signed a bilateral agreement on the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) on Tuesday which will connect the city-state and Malaysia's city Johor Bahru upon its completion in 2024.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the eighth Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat.
Lee said the RTS Link is an important long-term cross-border project, and it will benefit thousands of daily commuters as well as reduce the congestion of Singapore-Johor Causeway, which links Johor Bahru across the Strait of Johor to the town of Woodlands in Singapore.
Saying the enhanced connectivity will boost economic cooperation in Iskandar Malaysia (IM), Lee hoped that the two countries would work closely together through the Joint Ministerial Committee for IM to foster a conducive business environment and enhance vocational and technical education training in skills that investors are looking for.
For his part, Najib said the RTS Link is a complex project but it is very durable, and the technical challenges can be overcome. "We are sanguine and optimistic that will change the nature of connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore."
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