With Malaysia's ECRL hanging in the balance, concerns grow over retaliation by Beijing

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KUALA LUMPUR - After a week of embarrassing flip-flops, the Malaysian government is due to make a definitive announcement this week on whether it will proceed with the multi-billion-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 cancellation.

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