Bhavan Jaipragas

Hong Kong

Bhavan Jaipragas

Asia Correspondent

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, 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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Malaysia’s king says parliament can sit despite national emergency to tackle coronavirus pandemic

The king announced the national emergency on January 12 after being advised to do so by PM Muhyiddin, in a move critics say the embattled premier took to stay in power.

24 Feb 2021 - 6:27PM

The king announced the national emergency on January 12 after being advised to do so by PM Muhyiddin, in a move critics say the embattled premier took to stay in power.

Malaysia’s king says parliament can sit despite national emergency to tackle coronavirus pandemic
Singapore’s central bank says no ‘significant funds’ from Myanmar firms, citizens in city state

The Monetary Authority of Singapore’s response came as the government faced renewed pressure over Myanmar’s foreign reserves purportedly deposited in the city state.

23 Feb 2021 - 9:49PM

The Monetary Authority of Singapore’s response came as the government faced renewed pressure over Myanmar’s foreign reserves purportedly deposited in the city state.

Singapore’s central bank says no ‘significant funds’ from Myanmar firms, citizens in city state
Malaysiakini raises US$123,600 in donations to cover contempt fine within hours of verdict

The news portal launched a crowdfunding drive to help it pay the penalty after it was found guilty of contempt of court over comments posted by readers.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:00PM

The news portal launched a crowdfunding drive to help it pay the penalty after it was found guilty of contempt of court over comments posted by readers.

Malaysiakini raises US$123,600 in donations to cover contempt fine within hours of verdict
Myanmar protesters pressure Singapore to ‘stand for justice’ and compel Min Aung Hlaing to cede power

The island nation is the top source of foreign direct investment in Myanmar, and is allegedly friendly with the generals who seized power from an elected government.

18 Feb 2021 - 9:20PM

The island nation is the top source of foreign direct investment in Myanmar, and is allegedly friendly with the generals who seized power from an elected government.

Myanmar protesters pressure Singapore to ‘stand for justice’ and compel Min Aung Hlaing to cede power
Southeast Asia’s China anxieties are rising despite coronavirus aid, most would side with US: study

Almost nine in 10 regional elites are worried about Beijing’s rising influence, and more than six in 10 now say the bloc should side with the US over China if forced to pick, study finds.

10 Feb 2021 - 7:49PM

Almost nine in 10 regional elites are worried about Beijing’s rising influence, and more than six in 10 now say the bloc should side with the US over China if forced to pick, study finds.

Southeast Asia’s China anxieties are rising despite coronavirus aid, most would side with US: study
Ho Ching, boss of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, will retire in October

Ho, who joined Temasek in 2002 and was appointed chief executive two years later, is also the wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

10 Feb 2021 - 12:24AM

Ho, who joined Temasek in 2002 and was appointed chief executive two years later, is also the wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Ho Ching, boss of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, will retire in October
Advantage China, as democracy slides from view in Southeast Asia

If the region is in an ‘authoritarian race to the bottom’, analysts say it will play into the hands of one of the countries in the US-China rivalry. Guess which one?

7 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM

If the region is in an ‘authoritarian race to the bottom’, analysts say it will play into the hands of one of the countries in the US-China rivalry. Guess which one?

Advantage China, as democracy slides from view in Southeast Asia
Analysing China's new Covid-19 outbreak; the Myanmar coup and China, ASEAN and US reactions
Analysis | Myanmar coup set to test US role as defender of democracy, say analysts

The administration’s initial reactions show it is aware of the limits of its influence abroad, but Biden’s team is far from lacking leverage in Naypyidaw.

3 Feb 2021 - 9:21AM

The administration’s initial reactions show it is aware of the limits of its influence abroad, but Biden’s team is far from lacking leverage in Naypyidaw.

Myanmar coup set to test US role as defender of democracy, say analysts
Climate change: with Biden in office and Chinese emissions trading scheme on way, a new air of optimism

With Biden in office and China on board with a new emissions trading scheme, there’s a new air of optimism in the climate change battle.

1 Feb 2021 - 11:58AM

With Biden in office and China on board with a new emissions trading scheme, there’s a new air of optimism in the climate change battle.

Climate change: with Biden in office and Chinese emissions trading scheme on way, a new air of optimism
Opinion | Hong Kong’s gig workers should be treated with dignity, not racism

The least we can do is to treat with respect the gig workers who are making our lives easier during this pandemic, writes Bhavan Jaipragas.

29 Jan 2021 - 9:00AM

The least we can do is to treat with respect the gig workers who are making our lives easier during this pandemic, writes Bhavan Jaipragas.

Hong Kong’s gig workers should be treated with dignity, not racism
Singapore rights groups speak out over arrests for transphobia protest

The rare protest was held amid anger in the LGBT community over revelations by a student diagnosed with gender dysphoria who claimed the Education Ministry interfered with her transition.

27 Jan 2021 - 8:10PM

The rare protest was held amid anger in the LGBT community over revelations by a student diagnosed with gender dysphoria who claimed the Education Ministry interfered with her transition.

Singapore rights groups speak out over arrests for transphobia protest
Climate change: Modi, Widodo among Asian leaders to commit to global goals at summit

Climate Adaptation Summit focuses on implementing carbon neutrality measures, preserving natural resources and generating renewable energy in less-developed countries.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:00PM

Climate Adaptation Summit focuses on implementing carbon neutrality measures, preserving natural resources and generating renewable energy in less-developed countries.

Climate change: Modi, Widodo among Asian leaders to commit to global goals at summit
Scepticism about coronavirus vaccines clouds outlook for defeating Covid-19

Having overcome the challenges of developing coronavirus vaccines and begun the process of distributing them worldwide, a crucial question has cropped up: will people in high-risk areas voluntarily take the jab? In this issue of Global Impact, we explore the resistance to vaccinations amid concerns about quality, effectiveness and possible side effects. 

25 Jan 2021 - 2:00PM

Having overcome the challenges of developing coronavirus vaccines and begun the process of distributing them worldwide, a crucial question has cropped up: will people in high-risk areas voluntarily take the jab? In this issue of Global Impact, we explore the resistance to vaccinations amid concerns about quality, effectiveness and possible side effects. 

 Scepticism about coronavirus vaccines clouds outlook for defeating Covid-19
Biden stirs ‘optimism and hope’ in Asia, with Korean and Singaporean leaders singing his praises

The new US president’s inaugural speech and executive actions to rejoin the WHO and Paris Agreement won plaudits throughout the region.

22 Jan 2021 - 2:43PM

The new US president’s inaugural speech and executive actions to rejoin the WHO and Paris Agreement won plaudits throughout the region.

Biden stirs ‘optimism and hope’ in Asia, with Korean and Singaporean leaders singing his praises
Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal echoes in US as Jho Low associate is pardoned by Trump

Top Republican donor Elliott Broidy, who helped Malaysian financier illicitly lobby US government, wins reprieve on Trump’s last day in office.

20 Jan 2021 - 7:00PM

Top Republican donor Elliott Broidy, who helped Malaysian financier illicitly lobby US government, wins reprieve on Trump’s last day in office.

Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal echoes in US as Jho Low associate is pardoned by Trump
Shades of a despot? Muhyiddin’s halt of Malaysia’s democracy has familiar feel

Although PM says emergency decree is not a coup, even Mahathir Mohamad sees a ‘kind of dictatorship where people cannot protest’.

17 Jan 2021 - 9:19PM

Although PM says emergency decree is not a coup, even Mahathir Mohamad sees a ‘kind of dictatorship where people cannot protest’.

Shades of a despot? Muhyiddin’s halt of Malaysia’s democracy has familiar feel
Singapore and Malaysia abandon high-speed rail project after failing to reach agreement

The US$25 billion project would have connected downtown Kuala Lumpur to Singapore’s central business district, reducing travel time to two-and-a-half hours.

1 Jan 2021 - 9:51PM

The US$25 billion project would have connected downtown Kuala Lumpur to Singapore’s central business district, reducing travel time to two-and-a-half hours.

Singapore and Malaysia abandon high-speed rail project after failing to reach agreement
From Covid-19 to the South China Sea, here are 10 stories that rocked Asia in 2020

Not only did 2020 bring a world-stopping pandemic, it’s also been a testing year for Asia geopolitically.

27 Dec 2020 - 4:38PM

Not only did 2020 bring a world-stopping pandemic, it’s also been a testing year for Asia geopolitically.

From Covid-19 to the South China Sea, here are 10 stories that rocked Asia in 2020
As I see it | Can Asian nations overtake China on kicking CO2 to the curb?

Climate Ambition Summit offers opportunity for Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and others to outline plans for a carbon-trading mechanism.

11 Dec 2020 - 3:29PM

Climate Ambition Summit offers opportunity for Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and others to outline plans for a carbon-trading mechanism.

Can Asian nations overtake China on kicking CO2 to the curb?
Can Asia-Pacific countries be champions of climate action, even as their emission levels rise?

Regional governments are entering 2021 with a strong slate of policy initiatives and actions meant to tackle climate change issues – with the US expected to be at their side.

5 Dec 2020 - 7:00PM

Regional governments are entering 2021 with a strong slate of policy initiatives and actions meant to tackle climate change issues – with the US expected to be at their side.

Can Asia-Pacific countries be champions of climate action, even as their emission levels rise?
Explainer | The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?

Anwar’s future is in special focus after what observers say are blunders brought on by his own hubris– but swift reversals of fortune cannot be discounted in Malaysia’s Game of Thrones.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:36AM

Anwar’s future is in special focus after what observers say are blunders brought on by his own hubris– but swift reversals of fortune cannot be discounted in Malaysia’s Game of Thrones.

The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?
To deal with China, Australia should learn from Japan and ‘put away the megaphone’: former PM Kevin Rudd

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd points to how Japan has maintained a relationship with China despite the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute and its US alliance.

2 Dec 2020 - 12:14PM

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd points to how Japan has maintained a relationship with China despite the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute and its US alliance.

To deal with China, Australia should learn from Japan and ‘put away the megaphone’: former PM Kevin Rudd
US-China relations: ex-Australia PM Rudd sees re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante’

Kevin Rudd, speaking at the Post’s China Conference: United States, says the challenge for Beijing will be responding in kind to Biden administration’s ‘policy creativity’ on certain issues.

2 Dec 2020 - 6:29AM

Kevin Rudd, speaking at the Post’s China Conference: United States, says the challenge for Beijing will be responding in kind to Biden administration’s ‘policy creativity’ on certain issues.

US-China relations: ex-Australia PM Rudd sees re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante’
In Malaysia, student group Umany’s statement to king sparks death threats

A group of ethnic Chinese students received threats after calling on the king not to intervene in politics. Now 54 NGOs are urging authorities to investigate.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:18PM

A group of ethnic Chinese students received threats after calling on the king not to intervene in politics. Now 54 NGOs are urging authorities to investigate.

In Malaysia, student group Umany’s statement to king sparks death threats
US election not over for Donald Trump until courts have their say: Robert O’Brien

US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien made the comments after an Asia tour, during which he slammed China over issues including trade and Covid-19.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:05PM

US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien made the comments after an Asia tour, during which he slammed China over issues including trade and Covid-19.

US election not over for Donald Trump until courts have their say: Robert O’Brien
Singapore civil activist Jolovan Wham to plead not guilty over ‘smiley face’ protest

Jolovan Wham had held up signs in public on two occasions, including one which featured a hand-drawn smiley face on the placard.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:06PM

Jolovan Wham had held up signs in public on two occasions, including one which featured a hand-drawn smiley face on the placard.

Singapore civil activist Jolovan Wham to plead not guilty over ‘smiley face’ protest
Is RCEP a big deal? Analysing Asia's response and revealing Obama's China regrets
Lee family feud: Singapore court suspends Lee Suet Fern over misconduct in handling Lee Kuan Yew’s will

Lawyer Lee Suet Fern, the daughter-in-law of Singapore independence leader Lee Kuan Yew, was involved in preparing his final will.

20 Nov 2020 - 9:41PM

Lawyer Lee Suet Fern, the daughter-in-law of Singapore independence leader Lee Kuan Yew, was involved in preparing his final will.

Lee family feud: Singapore court suspends Lee Suet Fern over misconduct in handling Lee Kuan Yew’s will
A US Navy First Fleet in the Indian Ocean, based out of Singapore? Not likely, analysts say

The US Navy Secretary’s proposal is seen as a ‘trial balloon’ that is unlikely to garner immediate regional support.

19 Nov 2020 - 11:41AM

The US Navy Secretary’s proposal is seen as a ‘trial balloon’ that is unlikely to garner immediate regional support.

A US Navy First Fleet in the Indian Ocean, based out of Singapore? Not likely, analysts say