A sand dredger, of the type used to reclaim land in Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

Malaysia’s Mahathir bans sea sand exports to Singapore, in major blow to city state’s expansion plans

  • Singapore relies on sea sand to complete its ambitious expansion plans, such as the Tuas ‘mega port’ – slated to be the world’s biggest container terminal
  • But sources say Mahathir was upset that Malaysia’s land was being used to increase the size of its wealthier neighbour
Topic |   Singapore

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A sand dredger, of the type used to reclaim land in Singapore. Photo: Xinhua
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They were once a single carrier, but now Malaysia Airlines struggles to stay afloat while Singapore Airlines remains highly profitable, revealing how starkly their fortunes have diverged. Photo: AFP

Does the Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines partnership clear the runway for a future merger?

  • Malaysia’s struggling flagship carrier has unexpectedly agreed to explore a partnership with its fierce Singaporean competitor
  • While there has been resistance against a future merger on grounds of national pride, some analysts say such an alliance makes good business sense
Topic |   Malaysia

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They were once a single carrier, but now Malaysia Airlines struggles to stay afloat while Singapore Airlines remains highly profitable, revealing how starkly their fortunes have diverged. Photo: AFP
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