Organisers were forced to cancel this year’s Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after police said the risk of a terror attack was too high. Handout Photo

Cancelled beer fest in Malaysia: if Najib is courting Islamic hardliners, are his rivals any better?

As Islamic hardliners grow more influential, political parties hesitate to offend the voting bloc of religious Malays, and the cancelled Oktoberfest-inspired event is likely a sign of things to come

Topic |   Malaysia

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Organisers were forced to cancel this year’s Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after police said the risk of a terror attack was too high. Handout Photo
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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.