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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Malaysia’s Anwar-Azmin rivalry expected to end in ‘uneasy truce’, for now, as PM Mahathir Mohamad enters fray

While the premier’s involvement will bring about a ceasefire between the two PKR leaders, who are both designated to succeed him, analysts say the rivalry will continue to intensify.

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While the premier’s involvement will bring about a ceasefire between the two PKR leaders, who are both designated to succeed him, analysts say the rivalry will continue to intensify.

Malaysia’s Anwar-Azmin rivalry expected to end in ‘uneasy truce’, for now, as PM Mahathir Mohamad enters fray
1MDB scandal: Malaysia court grants US$11.6 million seizure of fugitive Jho Low’s father’s assets

It’s the first domestic forfeiture of assets linked to the scandal, in which some US$4.5 billion of funds were allegedly plundered from state coffers.

19 Jul 2019 - 2:57PM

It’s the first domestic forfeiture of assets linked to the scandal, in which some US$4.5 billion of funds were allegedly plundered from state coffers.

1MDB scandal: Malaysia court grants US$11.6 million seizure of fugitive Jho Low’s father’s assets
AirAsia owes Malaysian airport operator millions of dollars in unpaid fees, court rules

The low-cost carrier had been locked in a long-running legal dispute over its refusal to raise fees for international passengers departing from its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

19 Jul 2019 - 1:56AM

The low-cost carrier had been locked in a long-running legal dispute over its refusal to raise fees for international passengers departing from its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia owes Malaysian airport operator millions of dollars in unpaid fees, court rules
Malaysia’s seizure of Chinese pipeline firm’s assets not a slight on Beijing, says finance minister Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng said the seizure of US$240 million from a bank account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering was ‘company specific’ and not conducted against its country of origin.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:29AM

Lim Guan Eng said the seizure of US$240 million from a bank account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering was ‘company specific’ and not conducted against its country of origin.

Malaysia’s seizure of Chinese pipeline firm’s assets not a slight on Beijing, says finance minister Lim Guan Eng
Has Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina?

Local media this week reported the couple filed for divorce in May, soon after the birth of their son, and an image of their purported divorce certificate has been circulating online.

18 Jul 2019 - 5:52PM

Local media this week reported the couple filed for divorce in May, soon after the birth of their son, and an image of their purported divorce certificate has been circulating online.

Has Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina?
‘Tell him to look in the mirror’: Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali trade barbs as sex video scandal escalates

PKR leader Anwar says his deputy and economic affairs minister Azmin should step down if he is proven to be one of two men in the videos, while an insider says the arrests could force a ‘major showdown’ within the party.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:08AM

PKR leader Anwar says his deputy and economic affairs minister Azmin should step down if he is proven to be one of two men in the videos, while an insider says the arrests could force a ‘major showdown’ within the party.

‘Tell him to look in the mirror’: Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali trade barbs as sex video scandal escalates
Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:54PM

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain
Haziq Abdul Aziz detained for role in Malaysian sex video implicating minister Azmin Ali

Haziq Abdul Aziz, a former political aide, claimed he had an affair with Azmin Ali, the influential economic affairs minister. Azmin is considered a potential successor to Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister, despite a pact for Anwar Ibrahim to take power.

15 Jul 2019 - 9:57PM

Haziq Abdul Aziz, a former political aide, claimed he had an affair with Azmin Ali, the influential economic affairs minister. Azmin is considered a potential successor to Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister, despite a pact for Anwar Ibrahim to take power.

Haziq Abdul Aziz detained for role in Malaysian sex video implicating minister Azmin Ali
In Duterte’s Philippines, fears of slow internet trump fears of China

In granting a licence to a joint venture backed by China Telecom, the Philippine leader is going against the grain. But in a land where social-media fans face notoriously slow speeds, national security isn’t the main concern.

13 Jul 2019 - 6:16PM

In granting a licence to a joint venture backed by China Telecom, the Philippine leader is going against the grain. But in a land where social-media fans face notoriously slow speeds, national security isn’t the main concern.

In Duterte’s Philippines, fears of slow internet trump fears of China
Mahathir Mohamad turns 94 and has a new goal to reunite Malays. But what for?

The Malaysian leader says his aim is to help the ethnic group economically. Analysts spot other motives: hollowing out the opposition and thwarting his rival Anwar Ibrahim.

10 Jul 2019 - 7:44PM

The Malaysian leader says his aim is to help the ethnic group economically. Analysts spot other motives: hollowing out the opposition and thwarting his rival Anwar Ibrahim.

Mahathir Mohamad turns 94 and has a new goal to reunite Malays. But what for?
Deal or no deal: is Asean’s RCEP trade pact going the way of the TPP?

First proposed in 2011, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would span territories home to 3.5 billion people, with a GDP of US$22.6 trillion – if only its prospective members could agree on its terms.

7 Jul 2019 - 2:42PM

First proposed in 2011, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would span territories home to 3.5 billion people, with a GDP of US$22.6 trillion – if only its prospective members could agree on its terms.

Deal or no deal: is Asean’s RCEP trade pact going the way of the TPP?
Is Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about to call a snap election?

As headwinds from the US-China trade war hit Singapore and economic clouds gather, talk is in the air that now may be just the time for Lee Hsien Loong to call an election.

30 Jun 2019 - 10:40AM

As headwinds from the US-China trade war hit Singapore and economic clouds gather, talk is in the air that now may be just the time for Lee Hsien Loong to call an election.

Is Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about to call a snap election?
Singapore PM Lee hopes Trump-Xi meeting on G20 sidelines will rekindle trade talks, sees Hong Kong situation as ‘difficult’

The stalled talks last month caused ‘hurt feelings on both sides’, says the Lion City’s prime minister, who also feels the protests in Hong Kong are a question of sovereignty and hopes the city will ‘overcome these problems’.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:06PM

The stalled talks last month caused ‘hurt feelings on both sides’, says the Lion City’s prime minister, who also feels the protests in Hong Kong are a question of sovereignty and hopes the city will ‘overcome these problems’.

Singapore PM Lee hopes Trump-Xi meeting on G20 sidelines will rekindle trade talks, sees Hong Kong situation as ‘difficult’
Scoffing in Singapore, praise in Philippines: how Asia sees Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests

The marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans. Some see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity, while others go from condemnation to ambivalence.

24 Jun 2019 - 2:25PM

The marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans. Some see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity, while others go from condemnation to ambivalence.

Scoffing in Singapore, praise in Philippines: how Asia sees Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests
Singapore’s strict laws alone cannot ensure racial cohesion: President Halimah Yacob

The ‘real test’, Halimah said, was the reaction of people when ‘a bomb goes off or [when] people get killed because of racial or religious hatred’.

20 Jun 2019 - 10:40PM

The ‘real test’, Halimah said, was the reaction of people when ‘a bomb goes off or [when] people get killed because of racial or religious hatred’.

Singapore’s strict laws alone cannot ensure racial cohesion: President Halimah Yacob
Shangri-La Dialogue: as US and China clash, is it time for Asia’s smaller nations to choose a side?

Many fear decoupling of American and Chinese economies will soon mean having to choose between the two powerhouses and their different sets of rules.

1 Jun 2019 - 4:42PM

Many fear decoupling of American and Chinese economies will soon mean having to choose between the two powerhouses and their different sets of rules.

Shangri-La Dialogue: as US and China clash, is it time for Asia’s smaller nations to choose a side?
Singapore, China deepen defence ties, plan larger military exercises including joint navy drill

Few Southeast Asian nations – especially those with strong United States security ties, such as Singapore – engage with the Chinese navy bilaterally.

30 May 2019 - 12:56PM

Few Southeast Asian nations – especially those with strong United States security ties, such as Singapore – engage with the Chinese navy bilaterally.

Singapore, China deepen defence ties, plan larger military exercises including joint navy drill
US addition of Malaysia, Singapore to ‘monitoring list’ over currency practices met with ridicule

Analysts say Washington’s inclusion of Southeast Asian economic powerhouses, including Vietnam, ‘defies logic’, while observers question whether it has to do with their close economic relationship to China.

30 May 2019 - 12:40PM

Analysts say Washington’s inclusion of Southeast Asian economic powerhouses, including Vietnam, ‘defies logic’, while observers question whether it has to do with their close economic relationship to China.

US addition of Malaysia, Singapore to ‘monitoring list’ over currency practices met with ridicule
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.

27 May 2019 - 8:31AM

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.

28 May 2019 - 10:48AM

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