Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Tuesday (Feb 23)


A woman looks at books at Mao's bookstore, one of the oldest bookstores in Hanoi. - AFP

Malaysia:

No directive from govt for hotels to stop operations, even in MCO states, says Ismail Sabri

Key witness in Najib's 1MDB trial denies being rewarded with Datukship for recording meeting

Parliament should convene, say Opposition MPs in special Emergency committee

Vaccinate teachers to ensure schools stay open, says Unicef

S'wak to curb illegal wild pig sales to prevent swine fever outbreak

Malaysia to receive another 182,520 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday (Feb 24)

Road tax renewals at post offices suspended until March 31

Singapore:

Tanjong Pagar crash: M'sian-born woman who burned herself trying to save fiance is out of ICU and conscious

1 dormitory resident among 4 new Covid-19 cases; husband of Singapore Airlines crew tests positive on Feb 22

Temasek Foundation to give out reusable masks, hand sanitiser to S'pore residents in March and April

Singapore's MAS Core Inflation rises to -0.2 per cent in January

Singapore consumer prices rise for first time in nearly a year

Indonesia:

Covid-19 or not! Indonesia's money supply grows to over US$480bil in January; virus total now almost 1.3 million

Indonesia lifts pandemic economic recovery budget again

Parts of Java still inundated as Jakarta floods recede

Agriculture sector catches Indonesian workforce amid falling job market

Military, cops to start contact tracing and uphold safety

Thousands evacuated amid floods in West Java



Thailand:

Thailand approves Sinovac vaccine for emergency use; confirms 95 cases on Tuesday (Feb 23)

Thai exports upbeat for two months thanks to recovery of some economies

Thai PM: I have no time for Clubhouse app

Thai PM to get first Sinovac shot

Thai expert: Vaccine shows good prospects

Thailand: 50 per cent of Covid-19 vaccines reserved by rich countries

Philippines:

Health officials confirm slight surge in Covid-19 cases as total now almost 523,000 as death toll goes above 12,000

Philippines arrest 9 women accused of suspected Abu Sayyaf suicide bomb plots

Philippine: Duterte says he will not ease virus restrictions

Philippines stocks recover from early losses on Covid-19 curbs; Asian bond yields elevated

Emerging markets: Philippines stocks recover from early losses on Covid-19 curbs

Philippines takes key step to end child marriages

S.African digital bank Tyme to expand into Philippines

Vietnam:

Vietnam details priorities for first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations; all set to begin in March

Vietnam to prioritise health workers in Covid-19 vaccination

Vietnam's exports of cassava, by products surge since January

Ho Chih Minh City police seize over 200kg of drugs in first two months; 21 Covid-19 cases since Feb 20

Vietnam imposes anti-dumping tax on sugar imported from Thailand



Myanmar:

Myanmar generals under renewed pressure after G7 condemnation, sanctions

English first as Myanmar protesters appeal to the world

More Myanmar protests follow strike, foreign concerns

Malaysian court orders halt to Myanmar migrant deportation: lawyer

Myanmar people's wishes must be respected: Indonesian foreign minister

US imposes sanctions on two more Myanmar junta leaders

Protesters defy army’s lethal warning

Cambodia:

British virus strain identified in Cambodia's fast-growing outbreak

Cambodia's exports to China gain modest 8% in 2020

Cambodia again closes schools after new community Covid-19 outbreak

No major closures in the city despite new cluster in Kandal

Laos:

The National Single Window to ease imports, exports at international borders

Laos govt urges public vigilance against dengue as Covid-19 patients goes down to only three

Japan and WFP to help villages impacted by floods

Brunei:

Brunei King says physical, spiritual development must go hand in hand

Brunei celebrates 37th National Day with victory and test of resilience over Covid-19

Asean:

Indonesia says no regional consensus yet on Myanmar crisis

WHO slams rich states for hogging vaccines

UN chief calls for global Covid-19 vaccination plan

HSBC bets on Asian wealth in revised strategy

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