Malaysia GE a wake-up call on China projects

Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad are seen outside of the National Palace, a day after the general election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Last week's Malaysian election result is sending shock waves across the region, not least in China. The surprise outcome is now likely to see a partial reversal of Malaysia's recent ardently pro-Chinese foreign policy. It also ought to act as a wake-up call for Beijing and prompt a rethink of China's aggressive US$1 trillion (S$1.34 trillion) Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

There were many causes of opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad's May 9 victory over former prime minister Najib Razak. But China's growing economic clout in Malaysia, and the corruption allegations that came with it, was undeniably a contributory factor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysia GE a wake-up call on China projects'. Subscribe