The surge was caused partly by equipment and supplies brought in to build the dam. Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian Prime Minister, announced the ban after British newspapers claimed Malaysian politicians had been offered bribes for contracts.
However, Malaysian exports to the UK have fallen 24.5 per cent as the country struggles against a rise in its currency. The British high commission in Kuala Lumpur said yesterday that UK exports rose to pounds 666m from pounds 367.7m in the first six months of 1994. Imports from Malaysia fell from pounds 769.7 to pounds 580.6m.
The Malaysian high commissioner in London said the ban had no effect on private sector dealings between the two countries.
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