Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Friday (Jan 21, 2022)


A Causeway Link bus leaving the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal and Public Transportation and heading into Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane here in Johor Baru on Jan 21.— THOMAS YONG/The Star

Malaysia:

Covid-19: M'sia records 4,046 new cases, first time above 4,000 mark since Dec 18, 2021

Covid-19: Over 230,000 of Malaysia's adult population given booster jab on Thursday (Jan 20)

Offsite PPVs to offer walk-in booster jab for senior citizens from Monday (Jan 24)

Malaysia ranks 39th in Global Food Security Index

Malaysia proposes adoption of 13-point KL joint statement for tiger population recovery in South-East Asia

With 111 applications so far, MM2H programme is still popular, says Hamzah

Cost of food outpacing minimum wage, study finds

CPI for December 2021 increased 3.2% due to rise in flood, fuel prices

Kim Pan-gon is new Harimau Malaya coach

Malayan tigers not a threat to humans if left alone, says Perhilitan

Maimunah Mohd Sharif re-elected head of UN Human Settlements Programme

Zahid to find out on Monday (Jan 24) if he needs to enter his defence in Yayasan Akalbudi trial

People sit along a beach in Banda Aceh on Friday, January 21, 2022. - AFPPeople sit along a beach in Banda Aceh on Friday, January 21, 2022. - AFP

Singapore:

Singapore: Isolation period cut from 10 days to seven for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Quarantine-free travel lane between Singapore and Malaysia reopens, quota now halved

Singapore eases isolation and testing as Omicron becomes dominant

About 100,000 people have entered Singapore from Malaysia via land and air VTLs

Singapore warns of scam e-mail telling recipients to buy pass to receive funds from Bill Gates

Parents of dead M'sian woman unable to attend funeral in Singapore due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Pegasus Asia, Tikehau Capital-backed SPAC, debuts in Singapore

Oil falls as investors scoop up profits after US inventory build

Asian shares slide after more losses on Wall Street

Teacher jailed for assaulting cabbie

Book hails unsung pandemic heroes

M’sian found dead in river in Singapore

Indonesia:

Indonesia court extends Garuda debt restructuring amid ballooning claims

G20 in Indonesia to offer RP1.7 trillion benefits to MSME sector

Indonesia's Bali beach releases endangered Indonesian turtles back to ocean

Surging gasoline costs unsettle Asia as inflation poses major challenge

Indonesia wants to use G20 presidency to aid Covid-19 rebound

Emerging markets: Bank Indonesia surprise many observers with 300 basis points of staggered hikes in the reserve requirement ratio

Indonesia to propose new Global Health Agency at G20 summit

Buddhist monks wearing face masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus, take a test for the liturgical Pali language at Wat Molilokayaram in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. - APBuddhist monks wearing face masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus, take a test for the liturgical Pali language at Wat Molilokayaram in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. - AP

Thailand:

Thailand records 8,640 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths on Friday (Jan 21)

UNHCR urges Thailand to transfer Myanmar refugees to a safe location

Thai ruling party squabble risks economic agenda and early polls

Thailand's foreign trade up 23.1 per cent in 2021

Thai cops raid pork-storage plants as disease worsens shortage

Thai December exports top forecast, 2022 exports seen up 3-4%

CIMB Thai’s FY21 net profit up 89% to 2.4bil baht

Philippines:

Cases still very high as Philippines logs 32,744 new Covid-19 cases and 156 more deaths on Friday (Jan 21)

Crypto enthusiasm prompts Philippine bank to launch trading

Twitter suspends 300 accounts promoting Philippines’ Marcos Jr

Wang Yi urges Philippines not to ditch Duterte’s China-friendly policy after election

American wanted on child pornography charges arrested in Philippines

Sara Duterte wants military service for all 18-year-olds

A healthcare worker conducts a swab test inside a medical facility in Marikina City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022. The Philippines has one of Asia’s lowest vaccination rates, with only about half of its population receiving two shots, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. Its limited and costly testing apparatus, fragmented tracing program and fragile health system have made it hard to stamp out outbreaks despite several economically devastating lockdowns. - BloombergA healthcare worker conducts a swab test inside a medical facility in Marikina City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022. The Philippines has one of Asia’s lowest vaccination rates, with only about half of its population receiving two shots, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. Its limited and costly testing apparatus, fragmented tracing program and fragile health system have made it hard to stamp out outbreaks despite several economically devastating lockdowns. - Bloomberg

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 15,935 new Covid-19 cases and now 2,110,737 in total as of Friday (Jan 21)

Vietnam Airlines to resume regular flights to Europe next week

Vietnam's health sector told to prepare for any possibilities amid Covid-19 pandemic

Vietnam, Bahrain and Burkina rights defenders share top award

Vietnam and Malaysia will lift bilateral trade to US$20 billion by 2025, says President Phuc

Burning bright: Vietnam's gold-plated new year tiger as the Lunar New Year draws near

Myanmar:

Energy giants Chevron and Total exit Myanmar over deteriorating human rights

Myanmar military arrests more journalists in media crackdown, says editor

Myanmar's Omicron cases rise to 146 with 28 new infections

Cambodia expresses concerns over heavy clashes between rebels and junta in Myanmar's Kayah state

Hun Sen’s Myanmar ‘success’ hasn’t changed reality

Myanmar junta backs Telenor unit sale after buyer M1 pairs with local firm - sources

This picture taken on January 19, 2022 shows a worker cleaning a gold-plated tiger model at a workshop in Hanoi, ahead of the Lunar New Year that will celebrate the Year of the Tiger. - AFPThis picture taken on January 19, 2022 shows a worker cleaning a gold-plated tiger model at a workshop in Hanoi, ahead of the Lunar New Year that will celebrate the Year of the Tiger. - AFP

Cambodia:

Cambodian PM Hun Sen talks trade and tourism with Vietnam’s top diplomat

30 more Omicron community cases in Cambodia as over 160,000 residents get fourth Covid-19 dose

World Bank approves new financing to Cambodia for education improvement

Laos:

Laos: Mekong River Comission ink agreement with German agency to boost transboundary water cooperation

China's Ningxia launches China-Laos international freight train service

Laos health ministry wants schools to follow rules strictly and ensure safe reopening of schools

Brunei:

Brunei company fined for irresponsible dumping of used construction material

Brunei's Tutong district clinches Asean Clean Tourist City Award

Brunei reports 36 new Covid-19 cases as active cases now reach 370

Health officials distribute sample collection tubes to residents at a makeshift Covid-19 testing station outside the Yat Kwai House building placed under lockdown at the Kwai Chung Estate public housing complex in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022. Hong Kong is locking down about 2,700 residents for five days, the first time its closed off an apartment complex for more than 48 hours, in the hope of containing a superspreader event that has already led to 16 people testing positive for Covid. - BloombergHealth officials distribute sample collection tubes to residents at a makeshift Covid-19 testing station outside the Yat Kwai House building placed under lockdown at the Kwai Chung Estate public housing complex in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022. Hong Kong is locking down about 2,700 residents for five days, the first time its closed off an apartment complex for more than 48 hours, in the hope of containing a superspreader event that has already led to 16 people testing positive for Covid. - Bloomberg

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3 senior Hong Kong officials caught up in Omicron ‘partygate’ scandal leave quarantine camp early after policy eased

China to start upgrading J-20 fighter engines in bid to close gap with US F-22

US’ Xinjiang law puts Chinese businesses in crosshairs, forcing them to take sides in political maelstrom

Coronavirus: Hong Kong animal welfare group reports rise in calls about abandoning hamsters since cull announcement

China’s education crackdown forces ‘anxious’ parents to rethink immigration, foreign-study options for kids

Beijing Olympics organisers say app security flaws ‘fixed’

Twitter spars with Australian lawmakers over abusive posts

China vows to curb technology firms’ influence on governments

China-West tensions raise questions about limits of Beijing’s influence at WTO, UN and World Bank

China Evergrande to hire more advisers to help deal with debt

North Korea using Russian satellite navigation system instead of GPS for missile launches, observers say

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