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Why Malaysia's plan for 'Asia's Eurostar' went off the rails

High-speed rail between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore fell prey to politics

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, failed to reach an agreement on the "Asian Eurostar" project with his Singaporean peer Lee Hsien Loong. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

BANGKOK -- The coronavirus pandemic has warped the world's idea of distance. A bridge of just 1 kilometer separates Singapore and Malaysia but the distance may as well be a light year, as both countries have closed their borders since March 2020.

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