DUNGUN, TERENGGANU (July 25): China and Malaysia resumed construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in peninsula Malaysia on Thursday, after a year-long suspension and following a rare agreement to cut its cost by nearly a third to about US$11 billion ($15 billion).

The project was initially cancelled by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who came to power after a shock election victory in May last year, as he followed through a pledge to renegotiate or cancel "unfair" Chinese mega-projects approved by his predecessor, Najib Razak.

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