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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Mahathir launches new party as Malaysia’s power struggle intensifies

‘Our objective remains to eradicate kleptocracy and corruption,’ Mahathir said at a press conference to launch the yet-to-be-named political party

7 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

‘Our objective remains to eradicate kleptocracy and corruption,’ Mahathir said at a press conference to launch the yet-to-be-named political party

Mahathir launches new party as Malaysia’s power struggle intensifies
Malaysia’s former finance minister arrested on graft charges over China-linked tunnel project

Lim Guan Eng will appear in court on Friday to face corruption charges over the US$1.5 billion undersea tunnel project in Penang.

7 Aug 2020 - 5:53AM

Lim Guan Eng will appear in court on Friday to face corruption charges over the US$1.5 billion undersea tunnel project in Penang.

Malaysia’s former finance minister arrested on graft charges over China-linked tunnel project
South China Sea: avoid siding with US or China, Malaysia urges Asean

Without naming the US or China, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein warns fellow Asean nations to resist ‘narratives and pressure’ from superpowers.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:47PM

Without naming the US or China, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein warns fellow Asean nations to resist ‘narratives and pressure’ from superpowers.

South China Sea: avoid siding with US or China, Malaysia urges Asean
Opinion | In Malaysia, it’s election fever again – but still no vote for anyone under 21

As nations from Japan to Canada have shown, there are no losers from having more young voters – and there is only stability for Putrajaya to gain.

31 Jul 2020 - 12:11PM

As nations from Japan to Canada have shown, there are no losers from having more young voters – and there is only stability for Putrajaya to gain.

In Malaysia, it’s election fever again – but still no vote for anyone under 21
Malaysia rebukes Beijing as South China Sea ‘lawfare’ heats up

An unusually strong statement from Malaysia reflects its rejection of China’s ‘nine-dash’ line.

31 Jul 2020 - 9:04PM

An unusually strong statement from Malaysia reflects its rejection of China’s ‘nine-dash’ line.

Malaysia rebukes Beijing as South China Sea ‘lawfare’ heats up
Stalled Malaysia-Singapore metro link gets fresh push as ties thaw post-Mahathir

Resumption of the US$880 million project comes as the countries’ bilateral ties have stabilised under Malaysia’s new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin.

30 Jul 2020 - 8:25PM

Resumption of the US$880 million project comes as the countries’ bilateral ties have stabilised under Malaysia’s new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin.

Stalled Malaysia-Singapore metro link gets fresh push as ties thaw post-Mahathir
Najib’s 1MDB conviction: will former Malaysian PM’s Umno party stand by him?

He’s been sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined nearly US$50 million, but Najib still has much support – and that may be a problem for PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

29 Jul 2020 - 9:46PM

He’s been sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined nearly US$50 million, but Najib still has much support – and that may be a problem for PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Najib’s 1MDB conviction: will former Malaysian PM’s Umno party stand by him?
Singapore PM says stable US-China ties crucial for Asia; hopes Hong Kong settles into ‘new normal’ with security law

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told an Atlantic Council form that stable US-China relations were crucial for Asia, and touched on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fears over Huawei and the National Security Law in Hong Kong.

29 Jul 2020 - 2:26PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told an Atlantic Council form that stable US-China relations were crucial for Asia, and touched on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fears over Huawei and the National Security Law in Hong Kong.

Singapore PM says stable US-China ties crucial for Asia; hopes Hong Kong settles into ‘new normal’ with security law
Younger ministers in Singapore’s ruling PAP fully back Heng Swee Keat as next leader, says Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

Singapore’s foreign minister has sought to quash speculation of waning support within the ruling People’s Action Party for the country’s designated future leader Heng Swee Keat.

26 Jul 2020 - 9:37PM

Singapore’s foreign minister has sought to quash speculation of waning support within the ruling People’s Action Party for the country’s designated future leader Heng Swee Keat.

Younger ministers in Singapore’s ruling PAP fully back Heng Swee Keat as next leader, says Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan
Will verdict in Najib’s first 1MDB trial trip up Malaysia snap election contenders?

A guilty verdict on Tuesday in former PM Najib Razak’s first 1MDB trial may hamper his bid to rehabilitate his image and return to his old job, says an analyst.

26 Jul 2020 - 9:37PM

A guilty verdict on Tuesday in former PM Najib Razak’s first 1MDB trial may hamper his bid to rehabilitate his image and return to his old job, says an analyst.

Will verdict in Najib’s first 1MDB trial trip up Malaysia snap election contenders?
Succession questions remain as Singapore’s PM Lee keeps faith with PAP veterans in post-election cabinet reshuffle

New education minister Lawrence Wong is among the few members of the PAP’s 4G group to be handed a new portfolio.

25 Jul 2020 - 11:04PM

New education minister Lawrence Wong is among the few members of the PAP’s 4G group to be handed a new portfolio.

Succession questions remain as Singapore’s PM Lee keeps faith with PAP veterans in post-election cabinet reshuffle
Singapore’s Tharman calls for ‘activist’ policymaking over big government post-pandemic

Debt-fuelled crisis spending by governments may not last and the wealthy must share the burden to help the less well-off, former finance minister says.

23 Jul 2020 - 9:46AM

Debt-fuelled crisis spending by governments may not last and the wealthy must share the burden to help the less well-off, former finance minister says.

Singapore’s Tharman calls for ‘activist’ policymaking over big government post-pandemic
Opinion | US shift on South China Sea may help Asean’s quiet ‘lawfare’ resolve dispute

A new arbitration case may be the best way to persuade China that dispute resolution through international law is the best way to peace in the waters.

17 Jul 2020 - 9:01AM

A new arbitration case may be the best way to persuade China that dispute resolution through international law is the best way to peace in the waters.

US shift on South China Sea may help Asean’s quiet ‘lawfare’ resolve dispute
Analysis | Singapore election: hard truths for the PAP as voters deny ruling party an easy ride into power

An 8 percentage point drop in vote share is unsettling for Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party amid plans for a leadership transition.

14 Jul 2020 - 7:53PM

An 8 percentage point drop in vote share is unsettling for Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party amid plans for a leadership transition.

Singapore election: hard truths for the PAP as voters deny ruling party an easy ride into power
Singapore election: PAP chief and PM Lee Hsien Loong says results ‘show clear desire for diversity of voices’

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

11 Jul 2020 - 7:37AM

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

Singapore election: PAP chief and PM Lee Hsien Loong says results ‘show clear desire for diversity of voices’
Singapore election: six twists in the campaign as the People’s Action Party and opposition battle for votes

Lee Hsien Yang’s support of the PSP, Heng Swee Keat’s East Coast Plan and Vivian Balakrishnan’s debate with Jamus Lim and Chee Soon Juan were among the most-talked about moments of the nine-day campaign.

8 Jul 2020 - 4:07PM

Lee Hsien Yang’s support of the PSP, Heng Swee Keat’s East Coast Plan and Vivian Balakrishnan’s debate with Jamus Lim and Chee Soon Juan were among the most-talked about moments of the nine-day campaign.

Singapore election: six twists in the campaign as the People’s Action Party and opposition battle for votes
Has Singapore’s fake news law passed the election test?

Opposition politicians differ on whether the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act made them pull any punches.

8 Jul 2020 - 9:36AM

Opposition politicians differ on whether the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act made them pull any punches.

Has Singapore’s fake news law passed the election test?
Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates

Lee says he will hand over the country ‘intact and in good working order’ as he appealed to voters to give the ruling PAP a strong mandate.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:45PM

Lee says he will hand over the country ‘intact and in good working order’ as he appealed to voters to give the ruling PAP a strong mandate.

Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates
Singapore election: at halfway mark, campaign presents choice between reliability and diversity in Parliament

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sought to cast his party’s key rival as ‘PAP-lite’, telling voters ‘the real thing is much better’.

5 Jul 2020 - 9:02PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sought to cast his party’s key rival as ‘PAP-lite’, telling voters ‘the real thing is much better’.

Singapore election: at halfway mark, campaign presents choice between reliability and diversity in Parliament
Hype beasts, fan cams: does Singapore opposition have an online edge in election 2020?

With mass rallies out due to Covid-19, online campaigning is set to play a big role in Singapore’s digital-first election.

9 Jul 2020 - 2:38PM

With mass rallies out due to Covid-19, online campaigning is set to play a big role in Singapore’s digital-first election.

Hype beasts, fan cams: does Singapore opposition have an online edge in election 2020?
Online backlash forces Singapore’s PAP to drop Ivan Lim as election candidate

Lim was criticised for elitism and arrogant behaviour at work and during military service.

27 Jun 2020 - 11:42PM

Lim was criticised for elitism and arrogant behaviour at work and during military service.

Online backlash forces Singapore’s PAP to drop Ivan Lim as election candidate
Singapore election: PAP to campaign on bread-and-butter issues, PM Lee says

The PAP, which is fielding 27 new candidates, is seeking to renew its mandate at Singapore’s July 10 polls amid the coronavirus crisis.

27 Jun 2020 - 12:59PM

The PAP, which is fielding 27 new candidates, is seeking to renew its mandate at Singapore’s July 10 polls amid the coronavirus crisis.

Singapore election: PAP to campaign on bread-and-butter issues, PM Lee says
South China Sea disputes, Rohingya refugees on agenda at Asean meeting

The 10 members also pledged to work together to limit the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

26 Jun 2020 - 10:10PM

The 10 members also pledged to work together to limit the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

South China Sea disputes, Rohingya refugees on agenda at Asean meeting
Coronavirus grabs headlines, but South China Sea will be Asean’s focus

When leaders of the bloc and China meet on Friday, talks are likely to focus on a code of conduct that has stalled over Beijing’s demand to restrict US activity in the waters.

25 Jun 2020 - 11:19PM

When leaders of the bloc and China meet on Friday, talks are likely to focus on a code of conduct that has stalled over Beijing’s demand to restrict US activity in the waters.

Coronavirus grabs headlines, but South China Sea will be Asean’s focus
Political heavyweights retire from active politics ahead of Singapore election

Former prime minister Goh Chok Tong and opposition stalwart Low Thia Khiang will not run when the country goes to the polls on July 10.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:02PM

Former prime minister Goh Chok Tong and opposition stalwart Low Thia Khiang will not run when the country goes to the polls on July 10.

Political heavyweights retire from active politics ahead of Singapore election
Singapore’s next leader Heng Swee Keat says jobs are top priority

The deputy prime minister’s televised address speech caps a two-week public relations blitz involving six speeches by government leaders, amid talk of an election.

24 Jun 2020 - 2:44PM

The deputy prime minister’s televised address speech caps a two-week public relations blitz involving six speeches by government leaders, amid talk of an election.

Singapore’s next leader Heng Swee Keat says jobs are top priority
In Malaysia, Mahathir-Anwar divide sees Pakatan Harapan counter-coup falter

Wrangling between the two veteran politicians, now in opposition, over who should be the next prime minister has the plan on the brink of collapse.

19 Jun 2020 - 8:27PM

Wrangling between the two veteran politicians, now in opposition, over who should be the next prime minister has the plan on the brink of collapse.

In Malaysia, Mahathir-Anwar divide sees Pakatan Harapan counter-coup falter
Opinion | Massive stimulus packages not enough to rescue coronavirus-hit economies

In Southeast Asia, where governments have announced massive stimulus packages, there is good reason to question some of the measures being rolled out.

19 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

In Southeast Asia, where governments have announced massive stimulus packages, there is good reason to question some of the measures being rolled out.

Massive stimulus packages not enough to rescue coronavirus-hit economies
Mahathir backs Biden, says US re-electing Trump would be disaster

Mahathir also defended China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, refuting US government claims that Beijing orchestrated a cover-up.

13 Jun 2020 - 5:25PM

Mahathir also defended China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, refuting US government claims that Beijing orchestrated a cover-up.

Mahathir backs Biden, says US re-electing Trump would be disaster
Muhyiddin who? Najib’s still the real problem in Malaysia: Mahathir

Malaysia’s former leader believes his disgraced rival is planning a comeback despite being on trial for the 1MDB scandal and calls on MPs to support him in a counter-coup.

13 Jun 2020 - 5:07PM

Malaysia’s former leader believes his disgraced rival is planning a comeback despite being on trial for the 1MDB scandal and calls on MPs to support him in a counter-coup.

Muhyiddin who? Najib’s still the real problem in Malaysia: Mahathir