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Opinion

'New Malaysia' makes Singapore look outdated

Mahathir's triumph exposes shortcomings of city-state's one-party rule

| Southeast Asia
Still friends? Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Putrajaya, Malaysia on May 19, 2018   © Reuters

Over two months after Mahathir Mohamad's election in Malaysia, the political reverberations for Singapore show no signs of fading.

The new Malaysian prime minister's reviews of the key water-supply deal with Singapore and of the planned costly high-speed rail link from Kuala Lumpur to the city-state are only visible signs of a different -- and more charged -- Singapore-Malaysia relationship.

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