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Malaysia and Singapore greenlight rail link delayed by Mahathir

Muhyiddin and Lee kick off $2.4bn project with meeting across border demarcation

Commuters take the Woodlands Causeway to Singapore from Johor a day before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel in Singapore on March 17.   © Reuters

JOHOR BARU, Malaysia -- Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to commence construction of a light-rail connection in early 2021, reviving a project that was delayed by Mahathir Mohamad's former government over cost concerns.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who pushed Mahathir out of office earlier this year, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong met on a causeway that links their countries on Thursday for a signing ceremony.

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