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マレーシア、高速鉄道計画中止の意向 新政権下で公費削減

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ax
中止する
costly
高くつく
sign an agreement
合意書に署名する
game-changer
大変革をもたらすもの
boost
高める
debt
負債
gross domestic product
国内総生産
bid
入札
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (AP)

Malaysia to ax high-speed railway to Singapore   

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on May 28 that he will cancel a plan to build a high-speed railway that would cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes.

Mahathir said that the 350-kilometer rail project to be completed by 2026 is too costly.

The two countries signed an agreement in December 2016 to build the rapid rail line and dubbed it a "game-changer" that will boost connectivity and strengthen economic ties between the neighbors. Currently, it takes at least four hours to travel by car.

The new government has said it will review large-scale infrastructure projects to cut costs after revealing that national debt was equal to 80 percent of its gross domestic product.

Japan and China were competing over the railway project bid.

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