Asean News Headlines as at 9pm on Monday (April 5)


Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivering a speech at a 'Santap Rasmi' (luncheon) hosted by Sultan of Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (sitting, right) at Istana Nurul Iman on Monday (April 5, 2021). 
Muhyiddin is on the final day of a two-day official visit to Brunei in conjunction with the 23rd Malaysia-Brunei Darussalam Annual Leaders' Consultation.
 Also present is Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (left). - Bernama

Malaysia:

Health Minister concerned by rise in Covid-19 cases and talk of fourth wave

Covid-19: 1,070 new cases bring total to 352,029

Health Minister: NSC yet to decide on relaxing travel rules for the vaccinated

Rasuah Busters unveil multiracial team of prominent figures to fight corruption

Court of Appeal dismisses Najib's bid to adjourn appeal hearing

‘Project cartel’ syndicate behind RM3.8bil of govt tenders busted

Federal Court dismisses Zahid's bid to consolidate CBT charges from 12 to three

Malaysia accepts 14% cost increase in China-led rail project, taking longer route

Singapore:

Singapore govt to make it easy to show Covid-19 vaccination proof as country reports 17 new imported cases on Monday (April 5)

Singapore: Nearly 10,000 fined in past year for breaking Covid-19 rules

Facing pressure at home, Chinese tech giants expand in Singapore

Singapore researchers use AI to identify the pH of cancer cells

Singapore to accept Covid-19 digital travel pass from next month

Indonesian maid in Singapore gets 9 months jail for elbowing baby's face, stepping on his knee

Singapore blogger crowdfunds US$99,000 to pay PM damages in defamation case

Singapore: Raya bazaars to stay online

Indonesia:

Indonesia extends micro-scale restriction policy till April 19 as Covid-19 cases goes above 1.537 million

More than 90 dead in Indonesia, East Timor floods, dozens missing as rescuers are hampered by damaged roads

Indonesian 10-year bond yields at 4-week low; Indian shares slump on record Covid-19 spike

Indonesia and S. Korea pushing for defence ministerial talks

More than 75 people dead in Indonesia, Timor Leste floods (update)

Jakarta-Bandung HSR's production and complex building successfully sealed, marking another progress

Search resumes for 15 missing after Indonesia boat collision

With stories and puppets, environmentalist battles to save Indonesia's mangroves

Rescuers search for victims at a village hit by a landslide in Ile Ape Timur on Lembata Island, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, Monday, April 5, 2021. Multiple disasters caused by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia and neighboring East Timor have left a number of people dead or missing as rescuers were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment Monday. - APRescuers search for victims at a village hit by a landslide in Ile Ape Timur on Lembata Island, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, Monday, April 5, 2021. Multiple disasters caused by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia and neighboring East Timor have left a number of people dead or missing as rescuers were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment Monday. - AP

Thailand:

Thailand sees surge in new Covid-19 cases with prison, night entertainment clusters; almost 200 cases on Monday (April 5)

Thailand has no plans to adjust VAT rate in a bid to alleviate the people’s burden on cost of living

Asean Latest: Bangkok nightspots may close as virus precaution

Thailand capitalises on groundwater to cope with drought

A 33-year-old fueling crypto boom is worrying Thai regulators

Tourism first! Island of Phuket in mass vaccination drive ahead of the rest of Thailand

Philippines:

Johnson & Johnson applies for emergency Covid-19 vaccine use in the Philippines as total cases goes above 800,000 on Monday (April 5)

Philippines warns China of daily protests if ‘Militia’ stays

Asean Today: Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

Philippines turns up heat on China over boats massing in South China Sea

Philippines accuses China of plans to occupy more South China Sea 'features'

Asean Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surrounding

Vietnam:

Vietnam and Malaysia expected to ink MOU on maritime security this year

Vietnam's Da Nang focusing on developing hi-tech, supporting industries

Vietnam swears in new prime minister and state president; unknown Pham Minh Chinh surprise pick for PM Post

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam's pandemic response leader sworn in as president

Vietnam shifts leaders but keeps key economic policies in place; little known Pham Minh Chinh set to be PM

Myanmar:

Myanmar junta charges celebrities with promoting protests

South-East Asia manufacturing up in March but Myanmar sees collapse

Myanmar protesters defy military as regional nations prepare to discuss crisis

Rebels back protests, slam junta

TOTAL of France not quitting Myanmar gas production amid calls for corporate activism

Workers strike to force junta’s hand instead of street protests

This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 5, 2021 shows protesters holding up portraits of people who have died while taking part in the demonstrations against the military coup, at a rally in Yangon. - AFPThis photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 5, 2021 shows protesters holding up portraits of people who have died while taking part in the demonstrations against the military coup, at a rally in Yangon. - AFP

Cambodia:

Over 1,000 tonnes of rubbish removed from capital’s canal as Cambodia reports its 21st Covid-19 death

Cambodia's total export value rises 16.7% in 2020

Major plans to boost US businesses in Cambodia

Laos:

Eight confirmed dead in capsized yacht tragedy carrying former Lao president Choummaly Sayasone

Laos: Mass rollout of Covid-19 vaccine gets underway

Laos govt says Covid-19 controls remain in force during new year festival to prevent imported cases

Brunei:

PM: Malaysia-Brunei ties set for greater heights

Brunei and Malaysia to engage in vaccine diplomacy; Muhyiddin meets up with Brunei King

Asean leaders to meet over Myanmar, bloc's chair Brunei says

5G pilot project aims to boost digital economy

A smooth show in Brunei - 1,576 people receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine; 333 days without local cases

Asean:

Hong Kong’s new chief convenor role requires no local legislation as power comes from Beijing, Carrie Lam says

India's daily virus cases breach 100,000 but politicians still hold huge rallies

AirAsia's Super Sale offers discounts of up to 70%

500 Asian groups rally in New York calling for end to anti-Asian racism

South Korea's LG becomes first major smartphone brand to withdraw from market; a loss-making department for electric giant

Taiwan rescuers work to bring out last body from wrecked train

Taiwan reports new incursion by Chinese jets into defence zone

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