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Singapore PM says 2020 timeline unrealistic for Malaysia rail project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a 2020 timeline to build a high-speed rail link between the city-state and Malaysia was unrealistic, adding that the two countries hoped to reach an agreement by year-end on when the trains would start running.

Singapore and Malaysia said in February, 2013, that they planned to build a high-speed rail link by 2020 that would cut travel time between the city-state and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes, without giving a cost estimate.

The project has been coveted by the Chinese and Japanese railway companies, which have been ramping up efforts to win contracts overseas.

(Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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