Malaysia, Singapore defer high-speed rail project until year-end

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysia and neighbouring Singapore said on Sunday they had agreed to suspend until Dec. 31 a high-speed rail (HSR) project between Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, and the city-state, to allow discussion of changes.

Analysts estimate the project, first announced by both nations in 2013, will cost about $17 billion, though the two have tried to renegotiate the terms of an initial pact.

“The government of Malaysia and the government of Singapore have agreed to resume discussions on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail infrastructure project in the near future,” said Mohamed Azmin Ali, Malaysia’s minister of

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Muhyiddin and Mahathir rekindle feud as Malaysia looks beyond virus

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin faces mounting pressure to prove he has the support of parliament’s lower house, after 10 weeks of political calm as the country hunkered down against the coronavirus.

Hanging over Muhyiddin is a no-confidence motion submitted by the man he toppled in an internal coup before taking power on March 1 — Mahathir Mohamad, his former mentor and the head of his own party.

The lower house speaker approved the motion earlier this month, but did not set a date for the vote, and the prime minister has ensured there is no chance

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Coronavirus latest: Malaysia to allow mass prayers in mosques

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 4,179,479, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 287,525.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, May 14

8:09 p.m. Singapore Airlines on Thursday logged a net loss of 732 million Singapore dollars ($515 million) for the first quarter, swinging from a net profit of SG$202 million in the same period

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Malaysia factories spring back to life for Japanese electronics

OSAKA/TOKYO — Sharp, Sony and Panasonic have restarted production lines in Malaysia after the country eased restrictions that placed an important exporting hub on lockdown.

Because the plant stoppages delayed global exports of consumer electronics, the three Japanese companies are hurrying to restore normal production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharp’s television factory in the southern state of Johor returned to full capacity on Monday, the same day the Malaysian government allowed the resumption of most economic activity.

Such moves restore a key link in the Japanese electronics industry’s supply chain. Malaysia supplies both components for other factories and finished products

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