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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir recruits Widodo to fight EU's palm oil plan

Southeast Asian leaders also discuss prospects of producing a regional car

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right, gestures while talking about a test drive during a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Bogor, West Java, on June 29.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday accused the European Union of misdirection in its plan to phase out palm oil as a biofuel and asked Joko Widodo, his Indonesian counterpart, about the possibility of their nations coming together to design an automobile for Southeast Asia.

Mahathir brought up the issues during his first visit to Indonesia since he won the prime minister's job on May 10.

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