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HSR immigration operations will be ironed out, implemented before service starts in 2026

KUALA LUMPUR: Immigration operations involving the High Speed ​​Rail (HSR) service are currently being ironed out by officials from Malaysia and Singapore to facilitate operations when the service takes off in 2026. 

The various issues including its implementation was discussed at the Fifth Malaysia-Singapore Immigration-Related Bilateral Meeting, which was held in Singapore yesterday, between the Immigration Department and the republic’s Immigration and Inspection Centers (ICA). 

The Malaysian Immigration delegation was headed by its Director-General, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, while Singapore’s delegation was led by its ICA Commissioner Clarence Yeo, with the attendance of 24 senior officers from both nations. 
 
Immigration operations involving the High Speed ​​Rail (HSR) service are currently being ironed out by officials from Malaysia and Singapore to facilitate operations when the service takes off in 2026.  
Mustafar said immigration-related issues involving the HSR service was the main focus of their discussions at the latest meeting. 

"This requires an agreement between both parties as the project would enhance the efficiency of travel movements, strengthen economic ties and the people’s ties, when it is completed.

The HSR project is targeted to commence operations in 2026. It will have a stopover at eight stations namely Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Jurong East in Singapore. 

The HSR project on its completion will include three services, the Direct Express Service between Bandar Malaysia-Singapore, Shuttle Service between Iskandar Putri-Singapore and transit services with domestic stops at the eight designated stations. 

At the meeting, both countries also discussed the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project which will operate between Bukit Chagar in Johor and the Woodlands North station in Singapore. The service is expected to help address congestion problems at the Johor Causeway and Tuas in Singapore.

“In addition to discussing border issues and control of outbound movement, security issues was also among the main focus of our discussions. 

“The two agencies have expressed willingness to exchange information on security issues and document forgery at the entry point of both nations. This risks undermining their (both nations) security as well as disrupting smooth flow between Malaysia and Singapore,” Mustafar said. 

He said both nations are also looking at capacity building through officer exchhange involving their agencies as well as attendance of courses and international conferences such as the Asia Defense Services Exhibition (DSA) this April.
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New Straits Times
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