Caricatures of Prime Minister Najib Razak can lead to jail time in Malaysia. Photo: AFP

Why is Najib pushing fake news laws before Malaysia election?

While the prime minister and his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition claim the bill is to protect citizens, observers are not convinced Najib and his lieutenants solely have the national interest in mind

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Caricatures of Prime Minister Najib Razak can lead to jail time in Malaysia. 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.