If it's the Tejas, then it cannot be just for palm oil imports which can be stopped anytime as we did previously. It must have to do with backing from the US. India cannot compare with China on the influence level though the ill advised Chinese intrusion into/near Malaysian airspace is an important incident.It is likely the LCA due to the palm oil move India pulled
However trusting HAL alone to setup infrastructure in Malaysia isn't inspiring. Private entities from India have to be involved in some major way.