Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos

Loner to contender: the man who could pull a surprise in Sabah and upend Malaysian politics

Fired by the prime minister after criticising him for the 1MDB financial scandal, the former Umno vice-president is within electoral striking distance in a state long considered a lock for the ruling party

Topic |   Malaysia election

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Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos
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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.