SINGAPORE (July 16): Parliament reconvened on July 9 with a full agenda, at the top of which were issues that have stoked tensions between Singapore and Malaysia.

Questions put forward by various members included one on the state of bilateral relations with Malaysia; another on the costs Singapore has incurred for the stalled high-speed rail (HSR) project and what recourse it has to seek compensation; and yet another on the impact that the suspension or cancellation of the rail project has on government revenues and expenditures.

These came in the wake of the apparent dithering by the new Malaysian government over the HSR project, which has raised considerable ire here, and talk of Malaysia paying compensation. A commentary in The Straits Times on July 10 even suggests that if “push comes to shove” and Malaysia did not pay up, Singapore could “take action” against Malaysian assets here.

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