Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrive at Kajang station to launch the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP

Malay first: Najib’s take on Malaysia’s new metro risks upsetting the Chinese

Malaysian prime minister hopes to gain political mileage from the project – but his championing of the bumiputra policy could raise eyebrows among China’s increasingly influential investors and construction firms

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrive at Kajang station to launch the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line in Kuala Lumpur. 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.