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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

After cancelling rail link, PM rocks the boat on a delicate territorial issue

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, walks with Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 19.   © Malaysia Information Ministry/AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- Relations between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are being put to the test as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad revisits a delicate territorial issue.

On Wednesday, the newly elected Mahathir said Malaysia plans to enlarge some offshore rocks near Singapore, a proposal that could rankle its southern neighbor. Days earlier, the prime minister canceled a planned cross-border rail link.  

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