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Malaysia and Singapore delay deal on rail project to end-July

Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia's Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali shake hands at a news conference after a High-Speed Rail (HSR) signing ceremony at Putrajaya, Malaysia September 5, 2018.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to delay finalizing an agreement on a $736 million train project connecting Malaysia's southern state of Johor with the city-state to the end of July, their transport ministries said on Saturday.

The countries agreed to extend the deadline for three months to July 31 after talks on the scheme, known as the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link, were hit by curbs on movement to stem the coronavirus, Malaysia's Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said in a statement.

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