Singapore, the defending SEA Games gold medallists, have their work cut out for them if they meet Malaysia in the final of the netball tournament.
Malaysia, who are the current Asia Netball Champions, dispatched the Singapore squad 50-37 in front of a partisan crowd. The Malaysians are the favourites to win the SEA Games gold in a likely rematch in the final.
The Republic beat them 43-40 in the final two years ago, but have since undergone a major lineup change after key departures.
Singapore will next play the Philippines in the next group stage match on 17 Aug.