I agree with the minister though, why would they ask him to travel to Malaysia only to tell him they are not moving forward with this project?
From The Dark Knight (2008)
Lucius Fox: No, I really came to tell you that our business deal has to be put on hold. You see, we can’t afford to be seen to do business with whatever it is you’re accused of being. I’m sure a businessman of your stature will understand.
Lau: I think, Mr. Fox, a simple phone call might have sufficed.
Lucius Fox: Mr. Wayne didn’t want you to think that he was deliberately wasting your time.
Lau: Just accidentally wasting it.
Lucius Fox: That’s very good, Mr. Lau. Accidentally. Very good.