Singapore and Malaysia to finalize land swap deal in three months

Updated On: Jun 25, 2010

After the meeting between the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya, Malaysia on June 22, an announcement was made that the land swap proposal between the two countries will be finalized in three months. The plan is part of the project to relocate the Malaysian railway station from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands by 1 July 2011. The two leaders agreed after the first meeting in Singapore last month that the three land parcels in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands, and three others in Bukit Timah will be exchanged with land parcels of equivalent value in Marina South or Ophir-Rochor, but the finalized agreement has yet to be settled.

In an interview following the announcement, Mr. Lee said that he has made several proposals for Malaysia to consider. Mr. Najib has reviewed them and raised some issues to be further discussed. Mr. Lee said, "this is a major decision, so Malaysia will think it over and Singapore will take back the comments Malaysia has made, and we will consider them and we look forward to settling the matter within three months.”

Singapore, Malaysia to finalise land swap deal in 3 months [Channel News Asia, 22 June 2010]

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