A model of the East Coast Rail Link project during its ground breaking ceremony in Kuantan, Malaysia in 2017. Two years on, the project is mired in uncertainty. Photo: Xinhua

China to shave US$2.4 billion off cost of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link. But will it be enough?

  • Malaysia’s chief negotiator on the controversial Beijing-backed project, Daim Zainuddin, says a revised deal would send ‘a lot more Malaysia’s way’
  • But experts say the final terms of the deal – previously criticised by PM Mahathir Mohamad as biased in China’s favour – remain obscure
Topic |   Malaysia

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A model of the East Coast Rail Link project during its ground breaking ceremony in Kuantan, Malaysia in 2017. Two years on, the project is mired in uncertainty. Photo: Xinhua
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives an exclusive interview to the South China Morning Post.

Malaysia’s Mahathir: green light for China-backed East Coast Rail Link – if price is right

  • In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, the Malaysian leader says the troubled project could still go ahead
  • But only if the Chinese contractor agrees to a significant reduction on the US$13 billion price tag
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives an exclusive interview to the South China Morning Post.
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