Asean News Headlines on Saturday (Feb 20)


Preparations are in order to receive the 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the MasKargo Free Trade Zone of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today. The vaccine is expected to arrive in Malaysia on Sunday (Feb 21). - Bernama

Malaysia:

Covid-19: 2,461 new cases, eight more deaths bring total fatalities to 1,051

Armed Forces, MASkargo ready and primed for vaccine delivery process

Khairy: Study showing 85% efficacy after one dose of Pfizer vaccine could be a 'game changer' for Malaysia

Ringgit to continue upward momentum versus greenback next week

Bursa Malaysia to see high trading activities next week

Police to provide maximum security at KLIA for arrival of Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday (Feb 21)

Fortunes lost, fortunes made - The Top 40 Richest Malaysians in 2020

Singapore:

S'pore, Hong Kong in 'close discussions' on air travel bubble as unlinked Covid-19 cases dip

Singapore opens bubble for business travellers at Changi Airport

Singapore anti-drone firm cuts Myanmar ties after coup

Covid-19: Two Malaysian women among 14 new imported cases in Singapore

Singapore’s electric car charging providers put expansion plans in place amid push from the government

Virus-secure hotel launched

Indonesia:

Indonesia extends restrictions on minor community activities; Covid-19 total now 1,271,353 as death toll hits 34,316

Indonesian capital slammed by monsoon floods, more than 1,000 forced to evacuate

Indonesian President affirms no Cabinet reshuffle

Dozens of whales die stranded on Indonesian beach

Indonesia FM and Wang Yi holds conversation over Myanmar situation

Big fines for those who refuse vaccine



Thailand:

Thailand to start clinical trials on homemade Covid-19 vaccine; cases still high in Samut Sakhon on Saturday (Feb 20)

Thailand's prime minister survives no-confidence vote

Thai protesters decry government before no-confidence vote

Arnon makes it into ‘Time 100 Next’ leaders list

Complaint filed against lawmaker for insulting King

Bangkok braces for protests

Philippines:

Thousands evacuate ahead of tropical storm in the Philippines

Philippines: Sharp increase in Covid-19 cases as total nears 560,000 and death toll climbs over 12,000

Philippines set to take rare, top spot for IPOs in South-East Asia

Philippines' second most active volcano spews steam-laden plumes

Duterte: Pass indemnity law to speed up vaccine rollout

Vietnam:

Hanoi food outlets hit by new Covid-19 restrictions

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Czech OMNIPOL signs deal to sell 12 training jets to Vietnam

Remittances to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City at record US$6.1bil in 2020



Myanmar:

US urges Myanmar junta to yield power after protester death

US urges Myanmar junta to yield power after protester death

Diverse Myanmar protesters united in opposition to coup

Myanmar's minorities march in show of unity against coup

Japan, US, India, Australia call for return of democracy in Myanmar

China under US pressure to condemn Myanmar military coup

Cambodia:

Area lockdowns as Covid outbreak hits Cambodian capital

Cambodia confirms new community Covid-19 outbreak, with 32 cases found; front liners and journalists vaccinated

Cambodia sets up China-style internet firewall

Addressing waste disposal problems in the city

Laos:

Workers at risk of asbestos-related diseases in Laos factories

Laos: Dengue cases on the rise; country earns US$1bil from goods export to Vietnam in 2020

Brunei:

Bruneians prefer UK for higher education, says study

Japan envoy lauds effective response

Asean:

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