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Recent articles by Bhavan:

South China Sea: avoid siding with US or China, Malaysia urges Asean

Without naming the US or China, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein warns fellow Asean nations to resist ‘narratives and pressure’ from superpowers. → Read More

Coronavirus: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo switches disease name to ‘Wuhan virus’ as it spreads in the US

Top US diplomat ignores pleas from Beijing and world health officials over the use of names for the Covid-19 disease that incite racial discrimination. New nomenclature comes as President Donald Trump’s administration faces criticism for its response to community transmission. → Read More

Coronavirus: Chinese data shows 82 per cent of cases are deemed mild, WHO says

An initial analysis of 17,000 coronavirus infections in mainland China shows that 82 per cent of the cases are classified as mild and 15 per cent as severe, and that 3 per cent of patients have developed critical symptoms, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. → Read More

Coronavirus: WHO chief again deflects criticism of China and seeks US$675 million in aid for developing nations

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China should only be criticised for its handling of the coronavirus emergency if a review justifies it. He appealed to member countries to contribute US$675 million in support of nations with weak health care systems. → Read More

Coronavirus: US airlift from Wuhan to military bases underway; passengers quarantined on arrival

The US government is airlifting people to military bases in three American states from Wuhan, China, the suspected starting point of the novel coronavirus now spreading globally, and will quarantine them upon arrival. → Read More

Mahathir, set a retirement date or we’ll do it for you: Anwar ally Rafizi on Malaysia’s power transition

A smooth transition of power is needed if Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan government is to stay in power, says one of the men behind the former rivals’ succession pact. → Read More

Malaysia’s Mahathir hits foreign policy speed bump after controversial Kuala Lumpur Summit

The event managed to upset Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the prime minister of India, but not all of the premier’s diplomatic efforts this year have been so divisive. → Read More

Malaysian court bans Chinese-education lobby group’s protest against ‘Islamisation’ of schools

The protest by the Dong Jiao Zong group was against the plan to teach the Arabic script khat in vernacular schools, which had roused ethnic tensions in the multiracial country. → Read More

Malaysia scraps civil service cash allowance, prompting backlash

Tens of thousands have signed a petition calling on the government of Mahathir Mohamad to reverse its decision, which will reduce the take home pay of newly hired nurses, doctors and others by as much as 15 per cent. → Read More

Heng Swee Keat appointed deputy prime minister in Singapore cabinet reshuffle

Heng, 57, will be the sole No.2 leader after current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The announcement also said Lee would move his two current deputies, Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to senior minister roles → Read More

I’d side with rich China over fickle US: Malaysia’s Mahathir

Malaysia will ‘find some way to deal with China’ and not take cues from Western scaremongering over Huawei and the Belt and Road Initiative, the prime minister tells the Post. → Read More

Asia Briefing: Thai election analysis and the Russians of Pattaya

Thai election tumult: what happened? And what can we expect? → Read More

Singapore’s giant reserves: a taxing question for its next prime minister, Heng Swee Keat

It’s budget season in the Lion City, which can only mean one thing: a debate over whether more of the revenue from Singapore’s giant reserves should be used to offset taxes The prime minister in waiting – Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat – is to unveil the budget on Monday → Read More

Princess to Prayuth: who’s who in Thai election’s Game of Thrones

As Thailand embraces democracy and heads to the polls, here are the royal family members, army generals and exiled politicians who could influence the vote → Read More

Forget the junta: does King Vajiralongkorn hold all the cards in Thai politics?

The monarch’s veto of his sister’s bid to become prime minister is a sign of who holds the cards in Thai politics But it is unclear whether he is using them to influence the ruling junta – or stacking his deck against them → Read More

Thailand’s election commission blocks Princess Ubolratana’s prime ministerial bid

Royally appointed body formally blocks the princess’ bid to enter politics, aligned with the Shinawatra clan, days after her brother – the king – denounced her decision → Read More

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak ready to fight back as trial of the century looms

Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor, once Malaysia’s most politically powerful couple, had just finished a dinner to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary on Thursday night when they were greeted with a sight that has become all too familiar since last May – anti-graft officers at their doorstep.... → Read More

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana’s bid to become prime minister doomed after party complies with king’s decree

Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya’s audacious bid to be Thailand’s next prime minister appears over after just one day, after her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn stunned the kingdom with a late-night rebuke of his elder sister’s foray into politics.... → Read More

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana is an election game-changer – but don’t write off the junta just yet

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, who on Friday caused a political earthquake by announcing her candidacy for prime minister, is unique among the kingdom’s deified monarchs: she holds no royal title, had a career as an actress and is an avid social media user.... → Read More

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya wants to be prime minister, turning election campaign on its head

No Thai royal has ever run for political office at the highest level She will run as the candidate for a party aligned with the exiled Shinawatras → Read More