Asean News Headlines at 11pm on Monday (Oct 4)


Protesters wearing costumes from the Spanish series "La Casa de Papel" (Money Heist) hold signs outside the Indonesian Parliament to erradicate corruption and commemorate the national anti-oligarchy day following the ratification of the ''omnibus'' bill, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, October 4, 2021. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19: Malaysia records four-digit case increase for second day running

Covid-19 vaccine: Mix-and-match approach for booster jabs, says Khairy

Covid-19: 87.6 percent of Malaysia's adults fully vaccinated as of Sunday (Oct 3)

Covid-19: No need for mega-PPVs to continue operating, says Khairy

Covid-19: Langkawi hotel temporarily closed after over 50 staff infected

Goal to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050 seems overambitious, says lawmaker

Sabah’s Covid-19 new cases declines to 677; state on track to flattening curve

Those allergic to a particular Covid-19 vaccine can get a different one, says Khairy

Antiviral Covid-19 pill a potential game-changer, says Sarawak Minister

Malaysia records increase in external trade unit values in August

MARC: Foreign funds net buyers of bonds in August at RM6.6bil

East Malaysia Palm Oil Futures to meet needs of East Malaysia CPO market

Ringgit extends gains against US$ on brighter economic prospects

Bank Negara offers Malaysians virtual access to old money

Lam Thye urges govt to form council to address ageing population issue

People walk across a pedestrian crossing in the Chinatown district in Singapore on Monday, October 4, 2021. - AFPPeople walk across a pedestrian crossing in the Chinatown district in Singapore on Monday, October 4, 2021. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore: Eight seniors aged between 60 and 94 die from Covid-19 complications; 2,475 new cases

Singapore: 29 years' jail, caning for man who raped 13-year-old daughter, forced son to rape drunk mother

Singapore ruling party defends 'foreign interference' bill

Singapore trade minister defends government messaging on virus

SG teen pleads guilty to selling bank accounts later used to receive over S$200K in ill-gotten gains

SOP agreed on Malaysia-Singapore border reopening; awaiting approval

Petition to delay Singapore's Foreign Interference Act fails to put off debate

Asia’s gig workers strive to match global gains on labour rights

Mum and infant recover from Covid-19 after terrifying ordeal

Oil falls ahead of OPEC+ supply policy meeting

Singapore researchers gauge benefits of natural ecosystems in fighting floods

Singapore parliament to debate bill to tackle foreign interference

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports only 922 new Covid-19 cases - lowest reported in more than a year; death toll is also on a downward trend

Indonesia broadens opening push as country will reopen direct flights from China, Japan, S. Korea, NZ, UAE and Qatar

Indonesia to partially reopen resort island Bali

Grab to take majority stake in Indonesia e-wallet OVO

Emerging markets - Asia forex muted as Indonesia and Singapore stocks rise

Indonesian museum made from plastic bottles, bags highlights marine crisis

Walmart's partner Ribbit Capital invests in Bank Jago, Indonesia's first full digital bank

Bangkok’s City Hall staff were seen stepping up cleaning works along Chao Phraya River by picking up trash, water hyacinth and aquatic weeds. Bangkok is bracing for possible floods as dams upstream are expected to discharge excess water and in avoiding the repeat of 2011 floods, the authorities are doing their level best with Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang on  taking the trouble to check personally pumping stations and river embankments along the Chao Phraya River. - BernamaBangkok’s City Hall staff were seen stepping up cleaning works along Chao Phraya River by picking up trash, water hyacinth and aquatic weeds. Bangkok is bracing for possible floods as dams upstream are expected to discharge excess water and in avoiding the repeat of 2011 floods, the authorities are doing their level best with Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang on taking the trouble to check personally pumping stations and river embankments along the Chao Phraya River. - Bernama

Thailand:


Thailand's Covid-19 cases on a downtrend as govt reports 9,930 new Covid cases, 97 deaths on Monday (Oct 4)

Thailand: Concern now over deep South virus outbreak: infection rate is as high as epicentre Bangkok

Thailand kicks off vaccinations for school students

Thailand in talks with Merck for 200,000 courses of pill for Covid-19 treatment

Six dead as Thai military battles rebels in restive south

Bangkok’s high-speed airport link slows down as new problems arise

Bangkok prepares for floods

Philippines:

Philippines reports 10,748 new Covid-19 cases as it virus toll now tops 2.6 million

Philippines' top official says rich countries’ vaccine donation a move to ease their ‘guilty conscience’

Duterte's daughter rebuffs offer, but door open in Philippines presidential race

Manila mayor race Isko Moreno officially joins Philippine presidential race

Filipina actress Lea Salonga to star in ‘Pretty Little Liars’ reboot

Robredo-Lacson talks for unified Philippine opposition bloc bog down again

Duterte’s daughter eyes presidency

VP Robredo to decide soon on presidential bid

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno (left) and running mate Dr. Willie Ong gesture after filing their certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections before the Commission on Elections at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday (Oct 4). - APManila City Mayor Isko Moreno (left) and running mate Dr. Willie Ong gesture after filing their certificate of candidacy for next year's presidential elections before the Commission on Elections at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday (Oct 4). - AP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports a low 5,383 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Oct 3) as Ho Chi Minh City prepares to vaccinate teens

Vietnam supports equitable Covid-19 vaccine distribution and human rights protection

Vietnam's economy to slow down as population ages, says World Bank report

Vietnam Airlines' fleet ready o take off again in early October

'We are tired': Workers flee Vietnam's largest city as long lockdown eases

Vietnam calls for more EU investment in agriculture

Myanmar:

Jailed US journalist in Myanmar slapped with new charge

Malaysia warns Myanmar to cooperate with Asean envoy or no summit

Asean disappointed with Myanmar junta's peace commitment, says Indonesia minister

Myanmar's Suu Kyi tired, seeks less court time over 'strained health' - lawyer

Myanmar reports 1,194 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Oct 4) as total goes above 668,000 and death toll now at 17,883

Suspects held in Myanmar Rohingya leader's killing in Bangladesh

People, mostly migrant workers who are planning to return to their hometowns, wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City after the easing of the lockdown in the city. - ReutersPeople, mostly migrant workers who are planning to return to their hometowns, wait at a checkpoint to leave Ho Chi Minh City after the easing of the lockdown in the city. - Reuters

Cambodia:

IMF pins Cambodia's 2021 economic growth at 2% as govt confirms 219 Covid-19 cases reported on Monday (Oct 4)

Cambodian PM calls for precautions over Covid-19 as Pchum Ben public holiday approaches

Covid-19: Cambodian PM calls for caution as public holiday approaches

Cambodia, UAE hold fruitful first round of DTA talks

Laos:

Laos may authorise self-isolation and at-home treatment for Covid-19; 307 new cases on Monday (Oct 4)

Laos hopes to develop own digital currency

Laos gets US$1mil from Cambodian firm to fight Covid

Brunei:

Brunei reports 188 new Covid-19 cases, 7,904 in total as all cases on Monday (Oct 4) are local infections

Brunei: New scheme focusses on second wave assistance; govt to speed up vaccination programme

Total Covid-19 cases rise to 7,716 in Brunei; another 148 cases reported on Sunday night (Oct 3)

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaking to the media at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Kishida replaced the top ministers responsible for managing the Covid-19 pandemic as he announced a new cabinet on Monday, amid pressure on the government to reopen the economy while avoiding another wave of infections. - BloombergFumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaking to the media at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Kishida replaced the top ministers responsible for managing the Covid-19 pandemic as he announced a new cabinet on Monday, amid pressure on the government to reopen the economy while avoiding another wave of infections. - Bloomberg

Asean:

Fumio Kishida officially elected Japan's 100th prime minister

Who's who in the Cabinet of Japan's new PM Fumio Kishida

Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan among 8 held in drugs bust on cruise ship

HSBC Malaysia launches Visa instalments

Guide on how to navigate the global energy crisis

Beyond discord between South Korea and Japan: Korea Herald

China Evergrande to raise US$5bil from property unit sale - Global Times

Bezos makes first-ever investment in Southeast Asia’s e-commerce

MARC: Foreign funds net buyers of bonds in August at RM6.6bil

Taihu Tunnel to aid regional economy, connectivity in China

Most Asia markets up but Hong Kong hit as Evergrande suspends trade

Legendary Japanese manga artist Takao Saito, 'Golgo 13' creator, dies aged 84

China tightens political control of Internet giants

Property giant China Evergrande suspends Hong Kong market trading

North and South Korea restore cross-border hotline

NASA's missions lie low as sun moves between Earth and Mars

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