China not to blame for lopsided deals, says Malaysian minister

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told The Straits Times this week that the "campaign narrative is still relevant as far as these projects are concerned" and Kuala Lumpur will seek to renegotiate terms.
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told The Straits Times this week that the "campaign narrative is still relevant as far as these projects are concerned" and Kuala Lumpur will seek to renegotiate terms.ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH JM

China-backed projects in Malaysia were heavily criticised by Pakatan Harapan (PH) during the May 9 election campaign but it places no fault on Beijing for greenlighting these deals with the ousted Barisan Nasional government, according to Malaysia's new Foreign Minister.

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told The Straits Times on Tuesday that the "campaign narrative is still relevant as far as these projects are concerned" and Kuala Lumpur will seek to renegotiate terms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'China not to blame for lopsided deals, says Malaysian minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe