KL to announce ECRL decision this week after mixed messages

But concern grows over Beijing's possible retaliation should rail project be cancelled

After a week of embarrassing flip-flopping, the Malaysian government is due to make a definitive announcement this week on whether it will proceed with the multibillion-dollar East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

But the lack of a unified response so far from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's Cabinet signals concerns and disagreements within the administration over the pushback from Beijing that might be triggered by a cancellation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2019, with the headline 'KL to announce ECRL decision this week after mixed messages'. Print Edition | Subscribe