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Scrapping stock trading link means a missed opportunity

Companies would have access to a larger pool of liquidity. Funding costs would be lower. The market would be more attractive for international investors.

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The stock market trading link was generally well received by the financial industry in both countries. It would give investors - including those outside Malaysia and Singapore - access to 1,600 listed firms with a total market capitalisation of more than US$1.2 trillion (S$1.6 trillion).

HAVING scrapped the high-speed rail (HSR) link with Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed announced last week that he now wants to review the planned stock market trading link between the two countries, which is supposed to be operational by the end of the year.

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