A model of the controversial Forest City development. Photo: Reuters

What Malaysia’s Mahathir really plans for China-backed projects (but can’t admit to in public)

Sources say Malaysian leader’s flip-flopping on controversial multibillion-dollar deals is a front to save face for Beijing. East Coast Rail Link and gas pipeline will be cancelled, KL to Singapore high-speed rail deferred

Topic |   Mahathir Mohamad

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A model of the controversial Forest City development. Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.