Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to supporters during the United Malays National Organisation celebration in Bukit Jalil stadium. Razak suggested the country’s one million Indian Muslims could be granted Malay status. Photo: AFP

Outrage at Najib plan to give Indian Muslims the same status as Malays

The prime minster has suggested the nation’s one million Indian Muslims be afforded ‘sons of the soil’ status, triggering a backlash ahead of general elections

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to supporters during the United Malays National Organisation celebration in Bukit Jalil stadium. Razak suggested the country’s one million Indian Muslims could be granted Malay status. Photo: AFP
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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.