Malaysia scraps multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project to Singapore

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister, center, speaks during a news conference in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on Monday, May 28 Photographer: Joshua Paul/Bloomberg

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he will cancel a proposed multibillion-dollar high-speed railway link to Singapore, as the new leader who returned to power in a surprise election upset this month seeks to rein in expenditure.

The scrapping of the plan will take time as it requires negotiation with Singapore, Mahathir told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore and the city-state’s Ministry of Transport didn’t immediately respond to emails and phone calls seeking comments.

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