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 Mahathir toughens stance against controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik

Televangelist Zakir Naik has sparked a furore in recent days with his comments about Malaysia’s Indian and Chinese communities.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:10PM

Televangelist Zakir Naik has sparked a furore in recent days with his comments about Malaysia’s Indian and Chinese communities.

Malaysia’s Mahathir toughens stance against controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik
Chinese missiles likely to cripple Asia-based US forces in event of conflict: report

Report by Australia-based researchers urges US allies to overhaul military investment to prevent American military might being undermined in the region.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:30AM

Report by Australia-based researchers urges US allies to overhaul military investment to prevent American military might being undermined in the region.

Chinese missiles likely to cripple Asia-based US forces in event of conflict: report
Military bases to ballistic missiles, what’s the target of Trump’s Asia strategy?

New US defence secretary Mark Esper has announced plans to deploy missiles and build more US bases in Asia. But he faces an uphill battle convincing countries wary of entering China’s crosshairs.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:31AM

New US defence secretary Mark Esper has announced plans to deploy missiles and build more US bases in Asia. But he faces an uphill battle convincing countries wary of entering China’s crosshairs.

Military bases to ballistic missiles, what’s the target of Trump’s Asia strategy?
Frank Tsao, who went from civil war migrant to towering pioneer of Asian shipping, dies aged 94

Tsao started his business empire in 1949 with a solitary coal-burning ship and built it into a multi-sector industrial conglomerate.

14 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Tsao started his business empire in 1949 with a solitary coal-burning ship and built it into a multi-sector industrial conglomerate.

Frank Tsao, who went from civil war migrant to towering pioneer of Asian shipping, dies aged 94
Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:11AM

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city
India, Thailand and New Zealand have cut interest rates. What does this mean for the Asia-Pacific?

The three countries’ moves are likely to be followed by other regional economies in the short term, experts say, as the lower rates come on the back of weak oil prices and fears over the US-China trade war.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:12PM

The three countries’ moves are likely to be followed by other regional economies in the short term, experts say, as the lower rates come on the back of weak oil prices and fears over the US-China trade war.

India, Thailand and New Zealand have cut interest rates. What does this mean for the Asia-Pacific?
Singapore’s ‘brownface’ saga sparks debate on race as Preetipls rap video condemned

State news agency CNA pulls celebrity Subhas Nair from music documentary over his video taking issue with Chinese portrayal of Indians in ad campaign.

2 Aug 2019 - 5:09PM

State news agency CNA pulls celebrity Subhas Nair from music documentary over his video taking issue with Chinese portrayal of Indians in ad campaign.

Singapore’s ‘brownface’ saga sparks debate on race as Preetipls rap video condemned
‘Offensive’ Singapore rap video by Preetipls attacking Chinese people sparks police probe

The video was made by two rappers of Indian ethnicity in response to an ad on a government initiative that featured an ethnic Chinese actor whose skin had been darkened to portray characters of different races.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:33PM

The video was made by two rappers of Indian ethnicity in response to an ad on a government initiative that featured an ethnic Chinese actor whose skin had been darkened to portray characters of different races.

‘Offensive’ Singapore rap video by Preetipls attacking Chinese people sparks police probe
US naval base rumours in Sri Lanka spark alarm as Washington and Beijing tussle for influence in Indo-Pacific

Talk of a tie-up with Uncle Sam to host a military base is increasingly dragging the Indian Ocean island nation into a great-power struggle.

27 Jul 2019 - 4:13PM

Talk of a tie-up with Uncle Sam to host a military base is increasingly dragging the Indian Ocean island nation into a great-power struggle.

US naval base rumours in Sri Lanka spark alarm as Washington and Beijing tussle for influence in Indo-Pacific
Malaysia banks on Chinese builder to boost business along East Coast Rail Link as project relaunches after wrangling

Beijing-backed firm will help spur development along 640km East Coast Rail Link route following nine months in which project’s future hung in the balance.

25 Jul 2019 - 8:20PM

Beijing-backed firm will help spur development along 640km East Coast Rail Link route following nine months in which project’s future hung in the balance.

Malaysia banks on Chinese builder to boost business along East Coast Rail Link as project relaunches after wrangling
Malaysia’s sex-video scandal pits Anwar against Azmin – but Mahathir is the big winner

Analysts say the prime minister is throwing his weight behind Azmin, while simultaneously be trying to shore up his own party – and his son, Mukhriz, may become a key figure in the tussle over who becomes the country’s next leader.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:20PM

Analysts say the prime minister is throwing his weight behind Azmin, while simultaneously be trying to shore up his own party – and his son, Mukhriz, may become a key figure in the tussle over who becomes the country’s next leader.

Malaysia’s sex-video scandal pits Anwar against Azmin – but Mahathir is the big winner
Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V has divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina, Singapore lawyer confirms

Following Muhammad’s issuance of the triple talaq on June 22, the sharia court in his state of Kelantan issued a divorce certificate on July 1, the lawyer said.

20 Jul 2019 - 8:44PM

Following Muhammad’s issuance of the triple talaq on June 22, the sharia court in his state of Kelantan issued a divorce certificate on July 1, the lawyer said.

Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V has divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina, Singapore lawyer confirms
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.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:22PM

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