Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Let's have Mi Rebus Haji Watusi for Lunch!

Rail travel has really come a long way for both sides of the Malaysia-Singapore divide. 
From Low Speed Senandung Malam to High Speed (K)night Rider (?), the modest locomotive has evolved by leaps and bounds to cut travelling time from a whole day (or night) to a mere 90 minutes.
Imagine spending Saturdays or Sundays having Mi Rebus Haji Watusi or Nasi Sambal Goreng at Hajjah Maimunah for lunch, catching up with long lost relatives all over the island in the afternoon, and heading home for KL in the evening.
A Popular Mi Rebus Joint
Restoran Hajjah Maimunah on Joo Chiat Road
Or having Ampang Yong Tau Foo for lunch and shopping at Pavillion after that for the Singaporeans. 
Famed Ampang Yong Tau Foo
On the downside though, hope this does not open the gates for the flooding of FTs from Singapore into Malaysia!   
Courtesy of

PMs agree on high speed rail linking KL, Singapore

Singapore's Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong (right), meets Malaysia's Prime Minister, Mr Najib Razak, in Singapore for the Singapore-Malaysia Leader's Retreat at the Shangri-La Hotel on Feb 19, 2013. Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to build a high speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a move that will "dramatically improve" the connectivity between the two countries. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to build a high speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020, in a move that both heads of government called a "game-changer".
Announcing the breakthrough agreement at a press conference today following bilateral talks, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the rail link would create a 90 minute door to door journey for commuters, and that it will "change the way we do business, the way we look at each other and interact."
He pointed to the Eurostar link between Paris and London, which transformed "two European cities into one virtual urban community" as a model for the KL-SG link.
Malaysian PM Najib Razak said that the project will be a private-public one, with the link being built by private contractors with government infrastructural support. He declined to estimate how much the project will cost.

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