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Malaysia to decide on bidding schedule in around April

  • 2016-02-05 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: February 5, 2016 – p. 6)


 In his meeting on Feb. 4 with a Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) mission led by Chairman Akio Mimura, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib indicated that the schedule for international bidding on the project of a high-speed railway between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be decided around April. Miura disclosed this after the meeting.


 The Japanese government and private sector have lobbied Malaysia and Singapore to adopt Shinkansen technology. Since China, South Korea, France, and Germany are also enthusiastic about introducing their technology, bidding competition will likely intensify. Mimura played up Japan’s strong points such as transfer of technology and training of local staff even though there is the view that China enjoys an edge in cost rather than Japan. He asked Najib to make a decision from a long range perspective.


 In response, Najib told Mimura: “I understand well Japan’s technology and achievements.” He also said, “Malaysia and Japan have enjoyed a longstanding friendship. In the capacity of a friend, I have established a personal relationship of trust with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.” (Slightly abridged)

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