Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.
Bhavan Jaipragas
Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.

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Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s ex-prime minister and top adviser to late Thai king, dies aged 98

Political observers described the elder as a figure with unmatched influence whose death signals ‘a new era’ in Thai politics.

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Political observers described the elder as a figure with unmatched influence whose death signals ‘a new era’ in Thai politics.

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s ex-prime minister and top adviser to late Thai king, dies aged 98
If Donald Trump kills off Chinese firm Huawei, do Asia’s 5G dreams die?

Until the trade war turned nasty, the Chinese telecoms giant had been the region’s 5G developer of choice. Now its US ban has thrown those plans into chaos.

26 May 2019 - 10:57AM

Until the trade war turned nasty, the Chinese telecoms giant had been the region’s 5G developer of choice. Now its US ban has thrown those plans into chaos.

If Donald Trump kills off Chinese firm Huawei, do Asia’s 5G dreams die?
1MDB scandal: reforms needed to avoid repeat of Najib-era corruption, says Malaysian graft-buster Abu Kassim

Abu Kassim Mohamed said the government still had its work cut out in fighting graft despite an improvement in the Rule of Law Index.

25 May 2019 - 10:45PM

Abu Kassim Mohamed said the government still had its work cut out in fighting graft despite an improvement in the Rule of Law Index.

1MDB scandal: reforms needed to avoid repeat of Najib-era corruption, says Malaysian graft-buster Abu Kassim
Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability

Look out for the people’s well-being, the king told the legislature in its first session after the disputed March 24 polls, for which the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party and its rivals the Democratic Front are both claiming victory.

25 May 2019 - 4:54PM

Look out for the people’s well-being, the king told the legislature in its first session after the disputed March 24 polls, for which the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party and its rivals the Democratic Front are both claiming victory.

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability
‘Nowhere they can hide’: Malaysia’s new hard-nosed police chief Abdul Hamid calls out 1MDB fugitive financier Jho Low

Wanted in Malaysia, Singapore and the US, some media reports say Low is living freely in China – but Beijing says it has no knowledge of his location

24 May 2019 - 6:15PM

Wanted in Malaysia, Singapore and the US, some media reports say Low is living freely in China – but Beijing says it has no knowledge of his location

‘Nowhere they can hide’: Malaysia’s new hard-nosed police chief Abdul Hamid calls out 1MDB fugitive financier Jho Low
A week before Thailand’s parliament opens, Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit launches uphill bid to be prime minister

The youthful Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit put his name forward for the top job this week, but with mounting legal woes, a lack of consensus among anti-junta parties, and the scales tipped in the military’s favour, his move is seen as ‘symbolic’.

18 May 2019 - 9:00AM

The youthful Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit put his name forward for the top job this week, but with mounting legal woes, a lack of consensus among anti-junta parties, and the scales tipped in the military’s favour, his move is seen as ‘symbolic’.

A week before Thailand’s parliament opens, Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit launches uphill bid to be prime minister
Asia must be ‘moderate voice’ in US-China rivalry, and help them to be frenemies: Singapore’s Goh Chok Tong

The region’s smaller countries must avoid taking sides and encourage Washington and Beijing to be ‘frenemies’ says the Lion City’s former leader Goh Chok Tong

16 May 2019 - 12:02PM

The region’s smaller countries must avoid taking sides and encourage Washington and Beijing to be ‘frenemies’ says the Lion City’s former leader Goh Chok Tong

Asia must be ‘moderate voice’ in US-China rivalry, and help them to be frenemies: Singapore’s Goh Chok Tong
Thailand election: junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha a shoo-in for prime minister? Not quite

Other power brokers could be in the running to lead the country, including royal privy councillor and long-time technocrat Ampon Kittiampon.

15 May 2019 - 10:23AM

Other power brokers could be in the running to lead the country, including royal privy councillor and long-time technocrat Ampon Kittiampon.

Thailand election: junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha a shoo-in for prime minister? Not quite
Singapore’s fake news law: a lesson to Asia in stifling dissent?

The Lion City has pushed through a law against fake news despite criticisms that it grants the government too much power. Campaigners now fear other countries will follow suit in an effort to stifle dissent

10 May 2019 - 12:05PM

The Lion City has pushed through a law against fake news despite criticisms that it grants the government too much power. Campaigners now fear other countries will follow suit in an effort to stifle dissent

Singapore’s fake news law: a lesson to Asia in stifling dissent?
#MalaysiaBaharu: one year into ‘new Malaysia’, but the same old Mahathir Mohamad?

As Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional, critics say the prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist.

9 May 2019 - 9:35PM

As Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional, critics say the prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist.

#MalaysiaBaharu: one year into ‘new Malaysia’, but the same old Mahathir Mohamad?
Singapore ‘playing for time’ in water dispute with Malaysia: Daim Zainuddin

Malaysian government adviser Daim Zainuddin says the Lion City may be using a delaying tactic in the long-standing dispute as it heads towards self-sufficiency in its water supplies

8 May 2019 - 10:13PM

Malaysian government adviser Daim Zainuddin says the Lion City may be using a delaying tactic in the long-standing dispute as it heads towards self-sufficiency in its water supplies

Singapore ‘playing for time’ in water dispute with Malaysia: Daim Zainuddin
Top Mahathir adviser Daim says Malaysia’s China-backed ECRL will be loss-making for some time, reveals surprising offer from fugitive financier Jho Low

The two-time finance minister thinks the US$10.6 billion East Coast Rail Link will take years to make a profit, while Low – alleged to be the central figure in the 1MDB scandal – contacted him in a bid to help negotiate with Beijing.

8 May 2019 - 10:35AM

The two-time finance minister thinks the US$10.6 billion East Coast Rail Link will take years to make a profit, while Low – alleged to be the central figure in the 1MDB scandal – contacted him in a bid to help negotiate with Beijing.

Top Mahathir adviser Daim says Malaysia’s China-backed ECRL will be loss-making for some time, reveals surprising offer from fugitive financier Jho Low
Singapore’s opposition calls fake-news bill a ‘Damocles sword’ hanging over the public

Thebill is almost certain to pass thanks to the parliamentary supermajority of the PAP, but Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh says there is a conflict of interest in the government deciding what constitutes fake news.

8 May 2019 - 4:06AM

Thebill is almost certain to pass thanks to the parliamentary supermajority of the PAP, but Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh says there is a conflict of interest in the government deciding what constitutes fake news.

Singapore’s opposition calls fake-news bill a ‘Damocles sword’ hanging over the public
Daim Zainuddin to ministers in Mahathir’s Malaysia: work with civil servants, ignore Najib, stop talking behind colleagues’ backs

The prime minister’s trusted adviser and two-time finance minister says officials in power need to level up to deliver on their pre-election promises – and that PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is a ‘friend’.

7 May 2019 - 8:08AM

The prime minister’s trusted adviser and two-time finance minister says officials in power need to level up to deliver on their pre-election promises – and that PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is a ‘friend’.

Daim Zainuddin to ministers in Mahathir’s Malaysia: work with civil servants, ignore Najib, stop talking behind colleagues’ backs
Mahathir’s Malaysia was built on the promise of diversity. A year after the election, will racial politics tear Pakatan Harapan apart?

As the May 9 anniversary nears, the new government is facing some old concerns, with opposition parties leaning to the right and finding many willing to listen.

9 May 2019 - 11:13AM

As the May 9 anniversary nears, the new government is facing some old concerns, with opposition parties leaning to the right and finding many willing to listen.

Mahathir’s Malaysia was built on the promise of diversity. A year after the election, will racial politics tear Pakatan Harapan apart?
Malaysia’s Mahathir government appoints Tengku Maimun as first female chief justice

The former Federal Court justice becomes the country’s top judge with immediate effect, quashing speculation the Mahathir administration was at an impasse with Malaysia’s constitutional monarchs over key appointments

3 May 2019 - 7:56AM

The former Federal Court justice becomes the country’s top judge with immediate effect, quashing speculation the Mahathir administration was at an impasse with Malaysia’s constitutional monarchs over key appointments

Malaysia’s Mahathir government appoints Tengku Maimun as first female chief justice
Fake news decisions by Singapore government should be subject to review by independent council, say lawmakers

Three nominated members of parliament have joined the strong resistance against the country’s controversial fake news laws by releasing a list of suggested amendments to the bill.

2 May 2019 - 11:18AM

Three nominated members of parliament have joined the strong resistance against the country’s controversial fake news laws by releasing a list of suggested amendments to the bill.

Fake news decisions by Singapore government should be subject to review by independent council, say lawmakers
A year since victory, can Mahathir run Malaysia’s economy without blaming Najib or ‘1MDB mess’?

Mahathir’s May 9 speech has been billed as a ‘state-of-the-union type of speech’, but a falling approval ratings and doubts over his government’s economic management mean there is still much left on his to-do list.

9 May 2019 - 11:18AM

Mahathir’s May 9 speech has been billed as a ‘state-of-the-union type of speech’, but a falling approval ratings and doubts over his government’s economic management mean there is still much left on his to-do list.

A year since victory, can Mahathir run Malaysia’s economy without blaming Najib or ‘1MDB mess’?
Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong

Having just one No.2 is a departure from convention but it moves Heng closer to succeeding current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

23 Apr 2019 - 10:32PM

Having just one No.2 is a departure from convention but it moves Heng closer to succeeding current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong
Malaysia won’t back down on sensitive issues even as it bolsters economic ties with China, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says

Malaysia views China’s actions in the disputed waters and its treatment of Uygur Muslims with concern even as it moves to enhance economic ties with its biggest trading partner, says Saifuddin Abdullah.

23 Apr 2019 - 11:31PM

Malaysia views China’s actions in the disputed waters and its treatment of Uygur Muslims with concern even as it moves to enhance economic ties with its biggest trading partner, says Saifuddin Abdullah.

Malaysia won’t back down on sensitive issues even as it bolsters economic ties with China, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says
‘Malaysia revived China deals to boost Belt and Road Forum spirits’, country’s foreign minister says

Foreign Minister Saifuddin ­Abdullah rejects opposition claims that government gave in under pressure from Beijing.

22 Apr 2019 - 2:02PM

Foreign Minister Saifuddin ­Abdullah rejects opposition claims that government gave in under pressure from Beijing.

‘Malaysia revived China deals to boost Belt and Road Forum spirits’, country’s foreign minister says
Mahathir’s government agrees to revive China-backed Bandar Malaysia project

The deal comes just a week after the two countries agreed to resume work on the East Coast Rail Link.

19 Apr 2019 - 10:54PM

The deal comes just a week after the two countries agreed to resume work on the East Coast Rail Link.

Mahathir’s government agrees to revive China-backed Bandar Malaysia project
Second Future Forward leader questioned by Thai authorities, ramping up concerns of attack on Democratic Front

The grilling of a second Future Forward party leader has raised fears that the junta is using prosecutors to neuter the Democratic Front coalition after the country’s March 24 election.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:11AM

The grilling of a second Future Forward party leader has raised fears that the junta is using prosecutors to neuter the Democratic Front coalition after the country’s March 24 election.

Second Future Forward leader questioned by Thai authorities, ramping up concerns of attack on Democratic Front
Malaysia to ‘take advantage’ of ECRL deal to sell China more palm oil: Mahathir Mohamad

The Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad suggests there was a quid pro quo for agreeing to resume work on the Beijing-backed rail project: increased purchases of palm oil by China, though issue ‘isn’t directly related’.

15 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

The Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad suggests there was a quid pro quo for agreeing to resume work on the Beijing-backed rail project: increased purchases of palm oil by China, though issue ‘isn’t directly related’.

Malaysia to ‘take advantage’ of ECRL deal to sell China more palm oil: Mahathir Mohamad
Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s office says the first two phases of the project will now cost US$10.7 billion – about two thirds of the original cost.

22 Apr 2019 - 11:35AM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s office says the first two phases of the project will now cost US$10.7 billion – about two thirds of the original cost.

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link
Thailand election: Confusion over party-list seat allocation sparks controversy

As Thailand waits for the election commission to unveil the allocation of party-list seats after its March 24 polls, concerns are rising over the use of a new formula to determine how many seats contesting parties can obtain.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:38PM

As Thailand waits for the election commission to unveil the allocation of party-list seats after its March 24 polls, concerns are rising over the use of a new formula to determine how many seats contesting parties can obtain.

Thailand election: Confusion over party-list seat allocation sparks controversy
Malaysia not a country with ‘absolute monarchy’, says Mahathir Mohamad as feud with monarchs rages on

The spat over the appointment of Johor’s chief minister shows no signs of abating, with a fresh round of terse words exchanged between Malaysia’s prime minister and the royal family.

11 Apr 2019 - 3:35PM

The spat over the appointment of Johor’s chief minister shows no signs of abating, with a fresh round of terse words exchanged between Malaysia’s prime minister and the royal family.

Malaysia not a country with ‘absolute monarchy’, says Mahathir Mohamad as feud with monarchs rages on
Johor chief minister Osman Sapian quits as Malaysia’s monarchs and Mahathir crank up war of words

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s confirmation of Osman Sapian’s resignation ends speculation that Johor’s sultan wanted him removed.

10 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s confirmation of Osman Sapian’s resignation ends speculation that Johor’s sultan wanted him removed.

Johor chief minister Osman Sapian quits as Malaysia’s monarchs and Mahathir crank up war of words
Singapore-Malaysia water dispute: Lee Hsien Loong and Mahathir Mohamad say they’re open to arbitration

Thaw in relations as the Lion City’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meets Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya for leaders’ retreat.

10 Apr 2019 - 6:16AM

Thaw in relations as the Lion City’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meets Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya for leaders’ retreat.

Singapore-Malaysia water dispute: Lee Hsien Loong and Mahathir Mohamad say they’re open to arbitration
Signs of a Malaysia-Singapore thaw as Mahathir Mohamad and Lee Hsien Loong head for leaders’ retreat

The prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore are meeting in Kuala Lumpur amid a low point in relations following disagreements over maritime boundaries, air space and water prices.

9 Apr 2019 - 6:53AM

The prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore are meeting in Kuala Lumpur amid a low point in relations following disagreements over maritime boundaries, air space and water prices.

Signs of a Malaysia-Singapore thaw as Mahathir Mohamad and Lee Hsien Loong head for leaders’ retreat