Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech in April at the opening ceremony for the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, next to a replica of a China high-speed train. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia’s Mahathir faces backlash over race quota for contractors on China-backed East Coast Rail Link

  • Prime minister has confirmed preferential treatment for so-called Bumiputra companies will also apply to hiring for multibillion-dollar construction project
  • But detractors say affirmative action risks compromising on quality and policy rubbishes election promises of full equality
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Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech in April at the opening ceremony for the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, next to a replica of a China high-speed train. Photo: Reuters
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