Following the negotiations, Singapore and Malaysia will seal the agreement on 30 July with three agreements: on 1 April 2019, Malaysia announced its intention to proceed with a six-month suspension in order to reassess important parameters of the project, with a focus on reducing implementation costs. The following week, on April 8, 2019, a joint press conference of Transport Ministers Loke Siew Fook and Khaw Boon Wan announced that a “complementary agreement” would be drawn up to temporarily suspend the project for six months. “The task is to finalize the three important agreements in a timely manner so that they can be signed by July 31, 2020,” MOT said. The cross-border project is expected to begin in early 2021 and be completed by the end of 2026. Three agreements needed to resume the project have been reached, including one amending the bilateral agreement on the RTS link between the two governments. There were no financial costs for this extension cycle. However, given the magnitude of the proposed changes (for example. B technical requirements), the bilateral agreement signed in 2018 should be revised and withdrawn. Thus, three agreements had to be signed before the end of the suspension period: after all the previous problems, which had caused several delays, were finally resolved, the two countries will sign an agreement on the project on 30 July. The bilateral agreement was signed on Tuesday (January 16th) by Singapore`s Transport Minister and Infrastructure Democrat Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysian Minister in prime minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan` ministry. On January 16, 2018, Singapore and Malaysia signed a bilateral agreement on the project.
Signed by Singapore`s Minister of Transport, Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of Infrastructure, and Malaysian Minister in the Ministry of Prime Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan. Singapore`s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak saw at the 8th Singapore-Malaysia meeting that the agreement had concluded certain aspects of the project, including maintenance facilities, operator and customs.  Construction of this 4 km link is expected to begin in 2019. In a Facebook post on Saturday, Khaw, who is Singapore`s transport minister, said there had been active bilateral discussions since April on Malaysia`s proposed changes. But the pace of bilateral talks has been influenced by several events, including the change of government in Malaysia and now the Covid 19 pandemic. KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong announced Saturday (May 2nd) that the deadline for the bilateral agreement for the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project has been extended by three months, until July 31. Singapore, Malaysia sign a bilateral agreement on Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) As part of the agreement, OpCo will be a joint venture between a Malaysian company and a Singaporean company for the first 30-year concession period. These companies are Prasarana of Malaysia and SMRT Corporation in Singapore. “The companies have committed to join the joint venture by June 30, 2018 and to sign the concession agreement by September 30, 2018. Concessions will be awarded in the context of an open tender,” he said. On April 8, 2019, Khaw Boon Wan held a joint press conference with then Malaysian Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook to announce that the two countries would seek an “additional agreement” to temporarily suspend the project for six months, allowing Malaysia to review the “key parameters” of the project.