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Talks for a $20 billion Malaysian rail project are still ongoing, with the Southeast Asian nation expecting to make a decision “as soon as possible,” the Star newspaper reported, citing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir said the status of the East Coast Railway Link is being negotiated with China, and that he couldn’t disclose further information until the outcome of the discussions, the newspaper said. He would also reject China’s offer to halve the cost of the project, the Star reported, citing a hypothetical answer from the prime minister.

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