Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Friday (April 2)


Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar prepares before an interview with Reuters in Bangkok, Thailand, April 2, 2021. The 22-year-old made heads turn in Thailand on Saturday during an emotive speech where she pleaded for "urgent international help" for her country, the same day 141 demonstrators were killed in a crackdown by military rulers she said were selfish and abusing their power. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Heath Ministry: One in 28 vaccine recipients have reported side effects, most of them mild

Health Ministry: 1,294 new Covid-19 cases, five fatalities bring death toll to 1,283

Malaysia produces its first armoured vehicle, the Tarantula HMAV 4x4

Health Ministry studying technical, clinical data before allowing fully-vaccinated to travel

King and Queen convey Good Friday and Easter greetings

Miti conducts anti-dumping probe on imports of stranded steel wires from China

Health Minister: Over seven million have registered for Covid-19 jabs

Chinese FM holds talks with Malaysian counterpart; Belt and Road cooperation on right track

Singapore:

SIA flights from S'pore barred in HK from April 3-16 after detection of Covid-19 case; Singapore reports 43 imported cases on Good Friday

Singapore: The hunt for lost billions - failed Hin Leong's owners face asset claims

Singapore chills Netflix by demanding drugs flicks be taken down

Singapore home price growth quickens, stoking worries of curbs

More than 900,000 people in Singapore have received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: DPM Heng Swee Keat

Cruises to nowhere extended as Singaporeans seek to go anywhere

Indonesia:

Indonesia's Retno and Wang Yi hold talks on strengthening cooperation as country's Covid-19 total goes above 1.52 million

While Asia wants a Baby Boom, Indonesia says enough is enough

Bank Indonesia now owns more of nation’s debt than global funds

Indonesia expands tax breaks for sales of bigger cars

Indonesia’s J&T Express weighing US$1bil-plus IPO

Police HQ attacker came from moderate family

Filmmakers seek support for ailing big screen industry

A nurse administers the Coronavac vaccine to a frontline health worker after Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul arrived to hand over 2,000 vials of the Coronavac vaccine and other medical supplies to frontline workers to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, as authorities fear a further influx of Myanmar refugees over the border, at Mae Sariang Hospital in Mae Hong Son province on April 2, 2021. - AFPA nurse administers the Coronavac vaccine to a frontline health worker after Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul arrived to hand over 2,000 vials of the Coronavac vaccine and other medical supplies to frontline workers to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, as authorities fear a further influx of Myanmar refugees over the border, at Mae Sariang Hospital in Mae Hong Son province on April 2, 2021. - AFP

Thailand:

Thailand ranks 82nd in Fragile States Index; as govt confirms 58 new Covid-19 infections

An Analysis - Myanmar's neighbour Thailand unlikely to toughen stance on coup

Thailand says Asean is working for a peaceful solution in Myanmar

Bangkok to hold shopping fair at Ong Ang Canal during Songkran holidays April 9-14

Tapping groundwater resources as drought season looms

Five indicted over rally

Philippines:

Philippines reports highest-ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases; more than 15,000 cases in one day

Philippines added to England's coronavirus travel "red list"

Philippines, Asia's largest Catholic nation, mark Good Friday with deserted streets

Philippines: ‘Fight me instead, cowards!’ Boxing legend Pacquiao dares attackers of Asian-Americans

Philippines and US officials discuss Chinese activities in South China Sea; Philippines express deep condern

Taal Volcano registers 254 quakes in one day

Active Covid-19 cases surge past 138,000

Vietnam:

Vietnam asks US, Japan and EU for help accessing vaccines

Vietnam gets Laos Govt green light for VDS to own 20 per cent of shares in Vung Ang Port

Vuong Dinh Hue elected as Vietnam's new parliament chairman

Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc relieved from duty - set to become President

Vietnam studies legal framework for virtual currencies

TCM hit by domestic sales, Vietnam operations

Armed police officers stand guard at the gate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral which was attacked by suicide bomb on March 28, ahead of Mass on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. On Sunday, a recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside the cathedral in the capital of South Sulawesi province. - APArmed police officers stand guard at the gate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral which was attacked by suicide bomb on March 28, ahead of Mass on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. On Sunday, a recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside the cathedral in the capital of South Sulawesi province. - AP

Myanmar:

'Flower strike' in Myanmar to commemorate those killed in crackdown; junta slammed for child deaths

Myanmar cuts wireless Internet service amid coup protests

Myanmar protesters urge 'guerrilla strikes' as internet blackout widens

China supports holding Asean leaders special meeting to mediate Myanmar's situation, says Chinese FM

‘Imminent bloodbath ahead’

Families of junta feeling the heat

Cambodia:

Cambodia: Vehicle impoundment for all curfew violators as Covid-19 cases keep rising

Cambodia, Asean likely to teeter off balance with RCEP

Two-week Phnom Penh curfew starts

Cambodia starts rollout of China's Sinovac vaccine; night curfew imposed in Phnom Penh

Laos:

Laotian nabbed in Cambodia for trafficking nearly 3kg meth via Stung Treng

800,000 doses of Covid vaccine arrive from China; second batch safe and sound in Vientiane

Laos agrees to Chinese livestock standards for export

Brunei:

Brunei's sultan receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Brunei rejoice, as long wait over as vaccine reaches Brunei shores

Brunei: Supermarket told to remove non-Halal food from public view

Asean:

Taiwan train crash kills 41 in deadliest rail tragedy in decades

China supports holding Asean leaders special meeting to mediate Myanmar's situation, says Chinese FM

Asean developers urged to embrace innovation, explore partnerships

China vaccine maker Sinovac says doubles production capacity

China Cotton Association welcomes overseas industry organisations, brands to Xinjiang

Bitcoin volatility decline paves way for banks, JPMorgan says

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