Rapid transport system highlight of Tuesday's 8th M'sia-Spore Leaders Retreat

SINGAPORE: The rapid transit system (RTS) will be the highlight of the Eighth Malaysia-Singapore Leaders' Retreat, beginning Tuesday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, will witness the signing of the RTS bilateral agreement during the retreat.

Najib, who will be leading the Malaysian delegation, is expected to arrive tomorrow.

Malaysia's High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Zulkifli Adnan said apart from that, both leaders would also witness the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on educational cooperation between the countries.

"Apart from RTS, High Speed Rail (HSR) will be among the important issues to be discussed. Both parties will look at various initiatives which have been discussed to address congestion at the Causeway and Tuas while waiting for the completion of RTS and HSR in 2024 and 2026, respectively," he told Malaysian reporters at the Malaysian High Commission, here today.

Both countries were looking at proposals, among others, to disperse ways of travelling between Johor-Singapore, he said.

Among the proposals, are to have dedicated walkway for pedestrians from both countries, as well as increasing the frequency of trains and ferries.

Zulkifli said the delegations from both parties would also expect to further discuss the 1962 Water Agreement, particularly in ensuring an adequate water supply to Singapore from Johor's Linggiu Water Reservoir.

On Monday, Najib is expected to pay a courtesy call to Singapore President Halimah Yacob at the Istana.

Later in the evening, Najib and Lee are expected to officially open M+S developments - Marina One and DUO.

The second day will begin with a four-eye meeting between the two leaders, followed by a delegation meeting to be held at the Istana.

The signing of both documents (bilateral agreements on RTS and MOU on educational cooperation) are expected to happen after the delegation meeting.

Najib and delegation will then meet with the Malaysian community in Singapore for a high tea session, before departing for Kuala Lumpur later in the day.

Among those in the Malaysian delegation include Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. — Bernama