Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Friday (Oct 15)


Staff members wearing 'Squid Game' costumes stand guard at Strawberry Cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, October 15, 2021. - Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19: 7,420 new cases bring total to 2,377,033

91.2% of Malaysia's adult population fully vaccinated as of Thursday (Oct 14)

Malaysia wins UN human rights council seat

Health Ministry lodges police reports against anti-vaxxer groups

Bank Negara adds three firms, websites to unapproved list

Appeals court dismisses applications by 32 individuals to challenge compounds issued by MACC

1MDB gets permission to serve writ of summons to six parties overseas

Over 1.3 million vehicles on PLUS highways on Friday (Oct 15)

Traffic on highways expected to reach four million vehicles daily with lifting of interstate travel ban

Sabah to move to Phase Three of NRP on Monday (Oct 18)

PM: M’sia generated over RM7.2bil in first two weeks of Expo 2020 Dubai

Proposed Constitutional amendments will affirm Sarawak's position as one of three equal partners in Malaysia, says CM

New higher education framework aims to produce graduates who will Excel in changing global scenario

Malaysia may open borders to fully-vaxxed travellers from certain countries with no quarantine needed

Planned Constitutional amendment will give Sarawak power to decide on definition of 'native', says Wan Junaidi

 Artificial tree-like structures called Supertrees are seen before lights were switched off to commemorate Earth Hour, at Gardens By the Bay, in Singapore. - ReutersArtificial tree-like structures called Supertrees are seen before lights were switched off to commemorate Earth Hour, at Gardens By the Bay, in Singapore. - Reuters

Singapore:

Singapore reports eight more Covid-19 deaths, 3,445 new infections on Saturday (Oct 15)

Singapore home sales drop for second month amid new virus curbs

Singapore's surge in power prices spike partly due to lower Indonesian gas -regulator

Singapore cancels political blog's license over funding disclosures

Singapore minister says need to counter rising wealth inequality

Oil prices climb more than 3%, set for multi-week gains

Two Singaporeans aged 23 and 34 among 15 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday (Oct 14); highest daily figure ever recorded in country

Najib also seeks temporary release of passport to visit expectant daughter in Singapore

Rosmah free to travel to Singapore after court allows temporary release of passport

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 915 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases, 41 more deaths as virus issues comes under control in country

Asean's Myanmar meeting ends, to announce outcome on Saturday (Oct 16)

Emerging Markets: Bank Indonesia to hold rates until late 2022 as Thai baht emerge as top weekly earner

Asean ministers meet to discuss stuttering Myanmar peace plan

Indonesia: Bali reopens to eerie hush; its airport seemed as quiet as the private getaways that the tropical island has to offer

Young Indonesian girl killed by crocodile while bathing in river

Indonesia reopens Bali to foreign visitors, but Covid-19 rules threaten to keep them away

Doubt clouds Bali’s international reopening

Students wait to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narasikalai school compound in the southern province of Narathiwat on Friday (Oct 15). - AFPStudents wait to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narasikalai school compound in the southern province of Narathiwat on Friday (Oct 15). - AFP

Thailand:


Thailand recorded 10,486 Covid-19 cases and 94 deaths on Friday (Oct 15); govt introducing more easing measures

Thailand to ramp up vaccination in four southern provinces to contain Covid-19

Thailand-Malaysia border provinces may reopen in December if 70% of Thais are jabbed as curfew time shortened in country

Thailand approves new incentive to boost country's industry 4.0 transformation

Thailand pass to ease documentation process for travellers starting Nov 1

Thailand hopes Asean special envoy can visit Myanmar soon, advance implementation of five-point consensus

Thailand ends quarantine for some visitors to rescue tourism

Philippines:

Philippines logs 7,625 new Covid-19 cases, total tops 2.7 million as country looks at reopening again

Philippines lifts quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers beginning from Saturday (Oct 16)

Philippines: House, car among prizes in Cebu's Covid-19 vaccination drive

Philippines lifts quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers

The Philippines and US eye return to full military drills in 2022

Kompasu death toll rises to 19

Govt backs booster shots for health staff

A passenger in full protective suit walks to boarding gate at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Vietnam has resumed air travel after several months of suspension due to Covid-19 outbreak. - APA passenger in full protective suit walks to boarding gate at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Vietnam has resumed air travel after several months of suspension due to Covid-19 outbreak. - AP

Vietnam:

Vietnam's Covid-19 issues under control as govt reports 3,797 new Covid-19 cases - 857,639 in total on Saturday (Oct 15)

Disasters in Vietnam cause economic losses of 1-1.5 per cent of GDP annually

Vietnam cancels lockdowns in a bid to let economy recover

Vietnam expands Covid-19 vaccination to children aged 12-17

Vietnam's Da Nang City to pilot welcoming foreign visitors from November

Vietnam approves Covid-19 vaccination for children as only 3,092 cases reported on Thursday night (Oct 15)

Myanmar:

International call for Myanmar to let envoy meet Suu Kyi

Myanmar military junta confirms gag order to Aung San Suu Kyi lawyer

One dead, Myanmar firefighters rescue 3, after construction site accident

Myanmar military urges all parties for ceasefire, says Commander-in-Chief

UN deal offers no guarantees of free movement for Rohingya on island - leaked copy

Chief lawyer for Myanmar's Suu Kyi says he has been issued gag order

Asean to discuss excluding Myanmar army leader from summit

 Vice President of Cambodia's National Assembly Nguon Nhil (centre) and parliament members walk past the honour guard after paying their respects in front of the monument of the late king Norodom Sihanouk during a ceremony commemorating his ninth death anniversary in Phnom Penh on Friday, October 15, 2021. - AFPVice President of Cambodia's National Assembly Nguon Nhil (centre) and parliament members walk past the honour guard after paying their respects in front of the monument of the late king Norodom Sihanouk during a ceremony commemorating his ninth death anniversary in Phnom Penh on Friday, October 15, 2021. - AFP

Cambodia:

UNESCO commends Cambodia's commitment to strengthen urban heritage preservation

Cambodian agriculture exports near six million tonnes from Jan-Sept 2021

Cambodia: Covid-19 cases remain below 300 after festival byt another 26 death reported from virus complications

New batch of two million doses of China-donated vaccine arrives in Cambodia

Laos:

Laos flag symbol inspires passenger train design for Laos-China Railway

Laos confirms 573 new cases of Covid-19; numbers higher after outbreak at a prison in Khammouane Province

Laos govt clamps down on illegal import of vehicles

Sixth batch of Covid-19 vaccines from China arrives

Brunei:

Covid-19 issues getting worse in Brunei as new daily high in virus cases confirmed and one death reported on Friday (Oct 15)

Brunei: "One Asean One Response" key to averting disasters

China wants to promote upgrade of ties with Brunei, says Chinese foreign minister

Brunei govt extends anti-virus measures, tightens punishment

Joanna So of Hong Kong performs during the women's free skating event at the 2021 Asia Open Figure Skating Trophy, part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event, at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Friday (Oct 15). - AFPJoanna So of Hong Kong performs during the women's free skating event at the 2021 Asia Open Figure Skating Trophy, part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event, at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Friday (Oct 15). - AFP

Asean:

US rejoins the UN Human Rights Council, paving way for further tension with Beijing

Coronavirus outbreaks, poor vaccine access, weak policy pushes IMF to downgrade global economic outlook

Coronavirus: Hong Kong domestic helper tests positive 5 days after completing quarantine

S.Korea targets Apple over new app store regulation

China growth dips to 5% in third quarter on energy woes, reports AFP poll

Japan PM Kishida launches flagship panel to look into wealth redistribution

Microsoft shuttering LinkedIn in China as rules tighten

Tencent bans 1,463 WeChat accounts as China cleanses content

China military researchers pinpoint AI for hypersonic weapons accuracy

Evergrande crisis: Beijing not likely to let developer collapse even as it gets tough, analysts say

Heavy rain damages thousands of historical sites in Shanxi, northern China

China to unveil younger team of astronauts for Shenzhou 13 space mission

‘Key to China’s power future’: cost of solar to match coal power by 2023, scientists say

US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

Almost half of Hong Kong’s BN(O) migrants are still unemployed, struggle with language and workplace culture differences

Japan cosmetics giant Shiseido sees 2022 'turning point' in tourism sales

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