Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Sunday (Dec 19)


In this handout photo provided by the Office of the Vice President, toppled trees and structures are scattered due to Typhoon Rai in Siargao island, Surigao del Norte, southern Philippines on Sunday, Dec 19, 2021. A strong typhoon engulfed villages in floods that trapped residents on roofs, toppled trees and knocked out power in southern and central island provinces, where more than 300,000 villagers had fled to safety before the onslaught, officials said. - AP

Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: 3,108 new cases bring total to 2,718,955

Covid-19: Over 2.7 million teens fully vaxxed

Covid-19: Recoveries continue to outnumber new cases, two clusters reported on Sunday (Dec 19)

Floods: Over 21,000 evacuated by Sunday (Dec 19) noon as situation worsens

Floods: Govt agrees to give emergency leave to civil servants affected by disaster, says Ismail Sabri

Floods: Heavy rain lasting over 24 hours equals to average monthly rainfall, occurring once in 100 years, says environs ministry

Health DG: 11 new imported cases of Omicron reported

Floods: King describes situation in KL as similar to 1971 disaster

A socio-spiritual, time-travel Malaysian tale about the quest for wholeness

Bursa Malaysia to trade range-bound with upside bias this week

Ringgit to trade within 4.21-4.22 against US dollar this week

Global food inflation impacts the Malaysian market

Singapore's Loh Kean Yew poses with his gold medal after defeating India's Kidambi Srikanth during their Mens badminton singles final match at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, Sunday, Dec 19, 2021. - APSingapore's Loh Kean Yew poses with his gold medal after defeating India's Kidambi Srikanth during their Mens badminton singles final match at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, Sunday, Dec 19, 2021. - AP

Singapore:

Singapore reports 255 new Covid-19 cases which includes record 67 imported infections; daily cases lowest since Sept 6

Singapore: Man to be charged over making religiously offensive social media posts on Monday (Dec 20)

A Straits Times special - Singapore: Curbs on activities amid pandemic fuel addiction to porn

Badminton: Loh Kean Yew becomes first Singaporean to reach World Championships final

AFF Suzuki Cup: Second-string Thailand beat Singapore 2-0 to top Group A

Omicron Covid-19 variant - ‘Better to prepare for the worst’

Singapore - 303 nabbed over scams

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 164 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases and four more deaths on Sunday (Dec 19)

Indonesia to stick to current curbs for Christmas, New Year holidays

Indonesia targets US$348 million in MSME investment next year

IPOs in Asia face headwinds after record year of fundraising

Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupts again on Sunday (Dec 19), people warned to stay away

Bridging the gap between academics and policymaking in Indonesia

Mount Semeru - Alert raised amid new eruption fears

Thailand's Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh, right, react after winning their Mixed badminton doubles final match against Japan's Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. - APThailand's Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh, right, react after winning their Mixed badminton doubles final match against Japan's Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. - AP

Thailand:

Thailand records 2,899 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths on Sunday (Dec 19)

Thailand sends refugees back to Myanmar as clashes continue

Pfizer jabs provide very little protection against Omicron, says top Thailand medical expert

Thailand prison fire and riot - mainly because inmates demanded better Covid-19 treatment

Thailand's electric car dreams soon to become a reality

Thailand's Hom Mali rice bags World’s Best Rice Award for second consecutive year

Digital finance to support Thai growth next year, says finance minister

Philippines:

Philippines reports 203 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Dec 19), lowest since May 2020

Philippine Airlines approved to exit bankruptcy and cut debt load

Philippines' election agency rejects bid to disqualify Marcos Jr

Typhoon Rai - More than 100 dead in Philippines' deadly storm as aid for those affected ramped up, say officials

Cash for Rai victims sought as funds ‘depleted’ due to virus

Typhoon death toll in Philippines' Bohol province hits 49 - provincial governor

More than 100 million vaccine jabs administered nationwide

A Nobel for journalists

Residents trie to salvage belongings next to destroyed houses along the coast in Ubay town, Bohol province, in central Philippines affter super Typhoon Rai devastated the town. - AFPResidents trie to salvage belongings next to destroyed houses along the coast in Ubay town, Bohol province, in central Philippines affter super Typhoon Rai devastated the town. - AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam capital Hanoi nears 25,000 total infections as health ministry reports 16,110 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Dec 19)

Vietnam Ministry of Health proposes Tet restrictions and extra screening of arrivals for Omicron

Cyprus repatriates 258 illegal Vietnamese immigrants back to Hanoi on special flight

Vietnamese capital to spend US$80 million in five years to alleviate traffic congestion

UN Human Rights Office urges Hanoi to free activists

Trade revenue to surpass US$660bil by year-end

Myanmar:

The US Senate passes the bipartisan amendment in the National Defence Authorisation Act to support democracy in Myanmar

Water quality changes in Indawgyi Lake, some fish species found dead in largest landlocked-area lake in Myanmar

Reporters without Borders: Never so many imprisoned journalists - Myanmar among the worst for reporters

Japan business lobbyist backs Myanmar coup and urges investment

Covid-19 infections rise to 528,101 in Myanmar but daily numbers are going lower by the day

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews talks to journalists about his mission to Bangladesh on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, during a conference in Dhaka on Sunday (Dec 19). - AFPUN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews talks to journalists about his mission to Bangladesh on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, during a conference in Dhaka on Sunday (Dec 19). - AFP

Cambodia

Cambodia govt looks to upgrade to express railways and extend routes as Covid-19 cases go down to single digit

Manufacturing, garment exports up 13.5%, after plunge due to Covid-19, says Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Two Cambodians returning from United States and France test positive for Omicron variant

Laos:

Laos' Sekong Province authorises reopening of pubs, clubs and bars

Laos receives Covid-19 vaccines donations from Poland and Australia

Laos opens scenic railway built on a mountain of Chinese debt

Brunei:

House-to-house vaccination service for those with health, mobility issues in Brunei

It's well under-control as Brunei records only one new Covid-19 case

Brunei: 41-year-old man gets 30-year jail and 24 strokes for raping cousin's daughter

Election workers count votes at a polling station for legislative election in Hong Kong Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. Hong Kong was voting Sunday in the first election since Beijing amended the laws to reduce the number of directly elected lawmakers and vet candidates to ensure that only those loyal to China can run. - APElection workers count votes at a polling station for legislative election in Hong Kong Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. Hong Kong was voting Sunday in the first election since Beijing amended the laws to reduce the number of directly elected lawmakers and vet candidates to ensure that only those loyal to China can run. - AP

AseanPlus:

‘Outstanding Achievement’ by M’sian students

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Sixth child dies from Australian jumping castle tragedy

Japan investigators believe only escape route blocked in fatal clinic fire

Apple seeks dismissal of India apps market antitrust case, cites tiny market share

Why the rapid spread of ‘mild’ Omicron is cause for alarm

Police watchdog chair Priscilla Wong to lead University of Hong Kong’s governing council

Australia undaunted by mounting Covid-19 cases

US$46bil e-gaming industry

Crypto is an imperfect hedge against inflation

Spike in cryptocurrency crimes

China eyes a million innovative SMEs by 2025

Review policies on cryptocurrency to keep up with the times, Government urged

The difference between Japan, Korea and US

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