Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Zulkifli Adnan said the centre of discussion between the two parties would on the RTS and the High Speed Rail (HSR) projects as well as what can be done to resolve the problem of congestion at the checkpoints for land travel. Pix by Zain Ahmed

SINGAPORE: The signing of the bilateral agreement for the development of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) will be the highlight of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's visit here for the 8th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders' Retreat.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Zulkifli Adnan said the centre of discussion between the two parties would on the RTS and the High Speed Rail (HSR) projects as well as what can be done to resolve the problem of congestion at the checkpoints for land travel.

"The issue is that the RTS will only be completed by 2024 while the HSR is expected to be completed in 2026. The question is what is being done to address the issue of congestion between now and then.

"Among the solutions that will be discussed would the increasing the frequency of the KTM Bhd's Tebrau to Singapore shuttle service, a possible ferry link between the two countries and the building of a dedicated walkway on the Causeway," said Zulkifli.

He said during the retreat, the two countries is also expected to sign a memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore.

"Other topics that are expected to be discussed includes the development of Iskandar Malaysia, issues on immigration and tourism, environmental issues and the inaugural Malaysia-Singapore Cultural Showcase, which is expected to be organised in the second half of the year," said Zulkifli.

He was speaking to Malaysian media during a press conference here.

The prime minister is expected to arrive in Singapore for the two-day retreat on Monday. The retreat was scheduled to be held on December 13 and 14 last year, but Najib asked for it to be postponed as he had to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey on December 13.

He will be accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The Malaysian delegation to the retreat would include Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abd Rahman Dahlan and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Other members of the delegation are Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Upon arrival, Najib will pay a courtesy call to Singapore President Halimah Yacob at the Istana,

During his visit, Najib and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong will also open the Marine One and DUO project that are developed by M+S Pte Ltd.

He will end his visit by attending a high tea with the Malaysian community in Singapore organised by the Malaysian High Commission.

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