JOHOR BAHRU, Johor state, Malaysia The postponement of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project until end of May 2020 has been seen as a smart move compared to the earlier decision to scrap it altogether, according to an academician.

Lecturer at the Azman Hashim International Business School, Associate Professor Dr L. Nanthakumar said the diversified transportation access was one of the vital facilities for development, not only in the state, but also the country.

Look at our neighbour Singapore, the development they have achieved so far is because of their diversified transportation access which should be emulated by Johor.

Johor is the only state in Malaysia which has access to two bridges (which connect Singapore to Malaysia) and if the HSR project materialised, it will definitely bring in more investors to Johor and Malaysia, he said when contacted here today.

Nanthakumar said this in response to the Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali's recent remarks that Singapore had agreed to postpone the HSR project until May 31.

He added that the construction of the HSR would also give access to investors to formulate a more sustainable and higher-impact investment strategy which would bring about more benefits to the people.

Source: NAM News Network