Dr Mahathir calls for China’s help with fiscal problems

  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Aug 2018

BEIJING (AFP): Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad called on China’s top leadership Monday to help solve his country’s fiscal problems, as he tries to revise major Beijing-backed projects signed under his scandal-plagued predecessor.

The 93-year-old leader, who returned for a second stint as premier following a shock election win in May, has railed against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

His government has suspended China-backed projects worth more than US$22bil, including a major rail link, and Dr Mahathir had pledged to raise the issue of what he views as unfair terms related to some of the deals on his five-day trip.

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