SEOUL, June 8-– South Korea expects the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Railway (HSR) project to deliver many layers of economic benefits to Malaysians due to its fast and efficient mode of transportation that saves passengers time, energy and money.
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kang Ho-In said the republic had adopted the system which resulted in many economic and social changes to the daily lives of South Koreans.
“Thus, we are hoping to get selected to operate and promote our technology for the upcoming 375 km Kuala-Lumpur Singapore HSR project.
“This is taking into consideration our experience and the railway line distance from Seoul to Busan which is 365 km and similar to the one that you are going to build,” he told Malaysian reporters on a recent press familiarisation visit to South Korea.
On South Korea’s development with the HSR, Kang said most of its international events are usually concentrated in the metropolitan areas, but now also held in the regional provinces.
He said the areas for commuting to and from work have also expanded to the regional provinces from the existing metropolitan areas of Seoul, leading to a balanced regional development.
“With the HSR, it offers convenience for people to commute on a train to go for work or other activities
“Malaysia will also have various changes such as regional economic development similar to South Korea,” he added.
Meanwhile, the South Korean government is also reviewing its plan to actively transfer the HSR technology that Malaysia needs to maintain and develop the HSR, after adopting it.
The proposal is expected to be discussed during Kang’s visit to Malaysia on June 14.