New high-speed rail is set to improve land travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Around 150 companies have expressed interest in the project ahead of an official tender.
High and medium-speed rail services are expected to connect 10 major cities between Kunming in China and Singapore. But negotiations with seven Southeast Asian countries are testing Beijing's "railway diplomacy."
The Saudi monarch's rare month-long trip takes him to strategically important nations in the economically fast-growing region, with which Riyadh wants to deepen commercial engagement and socio-political ties.
The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country's "political" blogs and news websites to register with authorities. The move has reignited allegations that it is trying to silence dissent.
US prosecutors have launched a lawsuit to seize $1 billion in a money laundering scheme linked to Malaysia's government. Red Granite Pictures, which produced "The Wolf of Wall Street," has been tied to the scheme.
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