Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Tuesday (March 2)


By SNavalan

Malaysia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Hishammuddin Hussein looks on the screen during an informal meeting of Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) representatives, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Tuesday (March 2, 2021). Courtesy of Malaysian Foreign Ministry. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Bank Negara seen holding key rate as infections slow, Covid-19 vaccination starts

'Datuk Seri Robin Hood' nabbed for extortion

Private hospitals want to be involved in Covid-19 immunisation

Cops cripple 'Geng 21' in Johor

PKR duo pressured into supporting Muhyiddin, Anwar claims

MIDA: Malaysia records RM164b investments, China top investor

Singapore:

Hotels, travel agents and tour guides licence fee waivers extended to end-2021; 8 new imported cases on Tuesday (March 2)

Singapore PM calls for Suu Kyi release, says sanctions won't hurt military - it's an 'enormous, tragic step back'

RM1.2 million raised for Malaysian premature baby in Singapore in 29 hours

TNB makes foray into Singapore RE market

Singapore's health records go digital to fight fakes, restart air travel

‘Herd immunity may take five years’

Indonesia:

Health ministry confirms Indonesia detects 2 cases of new Covid-19 variant as country's total surge past 1.345 million

Indonesia backtracks on allowing alcoholic drinks investments for foreign firms

Indonesia Sinabung volcano belches huge ash column (update)

Indonesia temporarily cuts taxes on new cars and homes

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash into sky

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus shots for hospitality workers

Game developers endure trolls, tough parents



Thailand:

10 groups of people prohibited from taking Sinovac vaccine; Only 42 Covid-10 cases on Tuesday (March 2)

Thailand prepares for area quarantine to reboot tourism

Thai PM orders study on 'vaccine passports' to boost tourism

Unlikely clues to Covid-19 virus family found in Cambodia lab freezer, Thai drain pipe

Thailand poised to adopt vaccine passports to kick-start tourism

Dozens hurt at weekend rally as police fire rubber bullets

Philippines:

Philippines says vaccination drive "very successful" as country logs 2,067 new Covid-19 cases as total tops 580,000

Philippines fires diplomat whose maid attacks were caught on film

Philippines and M'sia markets rise as South Korea shares jump after upbeat data, China down over 1%

Philippine power retailer sees recovery after 30% profit drop

Philippines reports first cases of Covid-19 South African variant

Mass vaccination drive kicks off in Philippines

Vietnam:

Digital platforms used to promote Vietnam's tourism

Vietnam's foreign investment inflow down 15.6% in first two months

Vietnam racks up US$1.29bil in trade surplus in two months

Hanoi allows reopening of eateries but street stalls and bars remain closed



Myanmar:

Myanmar's Asean neighbours press for Suu Kyi's release, restoration of democracy after special meeting

Myanmar police fire stun grenades as South-East Asian ministers move in for talks

Myanmar protesters return to streets as crackdown continues

Regional powers to pressure Myanmar junta over deadly crackdown

Myanmar's Suu Kyi hit with two new criminal charges

Myanmar journalist arrested after overnight attack: employer

Myanmar junta asks forces not to use live bullets on protesters

Cambodia:

Coronavirus: Unlikely clues to Covid-19 virus family found in Cambodia lab freezer, Thai drain pipe

Cambodian opposition figure slapped with 25-year jail sentence

Cambodian minister denies collusion in pig import industry

Cambodia's new Covid-19 cluster cases top 340; a growing issue in the capital in fight against pandemic

Laos:

Laos eyes graduation from Least Developed Country status in 2026

Laos: EDCF, MOH to study modern hospital construction

Lao govt to closely monitor self-quarantine of people entering Laos;

Brunei:

Brunei Asean chairmanship gets full support from Malaysia

Brunei: Schools feted for their excellence

Brunei: 48 flood-affected families get govt aid

Asean:

Can South-East Asian diplomacy end crisis in Myanmar?

Asean countries embrace Chinese vaccines

From WeChat to Clubhouse: Xiaomi turns messaging app into social audio platform after shutting it down

China ticks off British foreign secretary for remarks about HK

TikTok sister app Douyin removes thousands of accounts for flaunting wealth
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