Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. Is Kuala Lumpur’s latest bid to win control of Pedra Branca an attempt to stir up nationalist fervour ahead of a key general election? Photo: Reuters

Why Malaysia is fighting Singapore over a rock

Pedra Branca may seem insignificant, but it could be key to stirring up nationalist fervour ahead of an election and realising a sultan’s long-held ambition

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. Is Kuala Lumpur’s latest bid to win control of Pedra Branca an attempt to stir up nationalist fervour ahead of a key general election? Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

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.