With a historic election along the same lines as the Trump election win of 2016, Malaysia has a new leader and a new government that is seriously questioning its relationship with China.
A recent Bloomberg article proclaims Malaysia is sick and tired of Chinese cash. The new PM of Malaysia and the Malaysian government are trying to unhinge themselves from Chinese investment which is becoming too problematic as it is too often involved in bribes, scandals and other nefarious chains attached to it. The people there are obviously sick of it as well which is even more surprising given that Malaysia is home to alot of people from Chinese descent.
Malaysia is now reaching out to Japan instead and has kicked off joint military exercises with India who is also seriously questioning its relationship with China.
It's very important we get Malaysia on board with other nations in the standoff between China and its neighbors over the South China Sea conflict. This new government and its abrupt halt on Chinese investment and its ties to political scandal along with its reaching out to Japan and India for help is a welcome sign. If the Singapore talks go well with North Korea, look for a growing chorus of backlash against China and its communist party led government towards the conflict in the South China Sea.