Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (April 15, 2022)


Two women walk past a mural on a wall in the Chinatown district in Singapore. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19 Watch: 10,413 new cases bring total to 4,363,024

* Covid-19: Education clusters re-emerge, dominate new cases

* Covid-19: Second booster is free and voluntary, says ProtectHealth

* 270,282 children in Malaysia fully vaccinated against Covid-19

* Worms in noodles video: Enhance Ramadan bazaar food safety enforcement, says KJ

* Solidarity in Umno is strong, says Ismail Sabri after named as Umno's GE15 PM candidate

* Mat lajak deaths: No excuse to drive recklessly on dimly lit road, says High Court

* ‘Datin' in audio clip is former foreign minister's officer, says Wisma Putra

* Jho Low and dad ditch 1MDB trial lawyers

* MySejahtera: Court grants P2 Asset Management’s bid to amend statement of claim

* Ismail Sabri extends Good Friday, Easter and Vishu greetings to Malaysian Family

Catholic worshippers pray while attending Good Friday celebrations in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, April 15, 2022. - AFPCatholic worshippers pray while attending Good Friday celebrations in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, April 15, 2022. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore reports 3,404 new Covid-19 cases as overall infections tally now at 1,155,581 on Friday (April 15)

* Singapore further tightens monetary policy

* Singapore taps finance chief Wong as heir apparent to PM Lee

* Singapore: Workers say Beach Road slasher is separated from victim; couple have two children

* 'I couldn't stand there and let her die' says man who confronted Beach Road slasher

* Long queues at Woodlands Checkpoint ahead of Good Friday weekend

* Elderly man found dead in condominium pool

* Oil rises on news EU may phase in a ban on Russian oil imports

* Asian shares fall as trading muted with Good Friday and coming holidays

Indonesia

* Indonesia's capital bans midnight sale ahead of Aidil Fitri celebrations

* Indonesia's wealth fund signs US$2.7 billion toll road investment

* Indonesia's trade surplus seen narrowing in March

* Russian finance minister to attend G20 meeting virtually, says Indonesia

* No casualties in massive fire at Surabaya retail icon

* China battery giant CATL joins US$6bil venture in Indonesia

* Transport Ministry to provide more free ‘mudik’ trips

Police officers hold the water guns after they seized them from the boys as they were prohibited to play with water during Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand. - AFPPolice officers hold the water guns after they seized them from the boys as they were prohibited to play with water during Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai PM urges caution amid worrying number of new Covid-19 cases, above 20,000 cases reported on Friday (April 15)

* Thai... caviar? Farm produces delicacy in tropical climate

* 'Thai Messi' Chanathip, South-East Asia's new football ace, is making own name in Japan with Asia's top club

* Thailand celebrates dry "water festival" for third straight year

* Thailand records 20,289 Covid-19 cases and 119 deaths

* Virtual water splashing the way to go this Songkran

* Covid to crypto-amulets: young Thais seek fortune-telling upgrades

Philippines:

* Death toll from tropical storm Megi rises to 138 in Philippines

* Philippines slams United States human rights report as "baseless"

* Warning of possible Covid-19 surge in the Philippines by May

* Religious whipping marks Good Friday in the Philippines

* Philippine president vetoes bill seeking to tackle social media abuse

* Pacquiao mum on defection of supporters from other camps

* ‘Safer’ higher ground becomes a fatal site

* Many still fear ‘side effects’

* Army vows to search on

Canada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly (L) poses with her Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son at the Government Guest House in Hanoi. - AFPCanada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly (L) poses with her Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son at the Government Guest House in Hanoi. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 20,076 new Covid-19 cases as its total is now almost 10.4 million on Friday (April 15)

* Vietnam plans to raise minimum wage by 6% from July

* Vietnam Airlines launches 'Rediscover Vietnam' programme in Singapore

* Kindergarten children in Vietnamese capital back to school after Covid-19 hiatus

* Vietnam's deputy FM arrested over pandemic flight bribe scandal

* Rescued Indochinese tiger cubs growing stronger each day

Myanmar:

* Myanmar national nabbed for purposely running into oncoming traffic

* New owner of telco Telenor Myanmar promises to keep data privacy policy

* Myanmar's government rejects US human rights report

* Myanmar lifts public gathering restrictions as Covid-19 cases decline

* Troops burn villages in Myanmar

People use water guns to spray water at passengers of a pick-up truck during Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap province on Friday, April 15, 2022. - AFPPeople use water guns to spray water at passengers of a pick-up truck during Khmer New Year celebrations in Siem Reap province on Friday, April 15, 2022. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM renews call for vigilance against Covid-19 and road accidents despite carnival-atmosphere during festival

* Cambodian New Year festival begins after two-year muted celebrations due to pandemic

* Chinese charity brings smiles, hope to rural students in NW Cambodia

* Coastal Preah Sihanouk booked solid

Laos:

* Laos govt bodies urged to regulate skyrocketing fuel price and exchange rates

* Laos president calls on people to overcome challenges

* Vientiane quiet, Luang Prabang witnesses large crowds during new year

Brunei:

* Raya fashion event in Brunei returns bigger and better

* 19.2 per cent of children aged 5-11 immunised against Covid-19 in Brunei

* Less than 200 Covid-19 cases reported in Brunei

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a worker takes a Covid-19 test at a makeshift hospital in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 15, 2022. Anti-virus controls that have shut down some of China's biggest cities and fueled public irritation are spreading as infections rise, hurting a weak economy and prompting warnings of possible global shockwaves. - APIn this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a worker takes a Covid-19 test at a makeshift hospital in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 15, 2022. Anti-virus controls that have shut down some of China's biggest cities and fueled public irritation are spreading as infections rise, hurting a weak economy and prompting warnings of possible global shockwaves. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Chinese tugboat seized for illegally anchoring in Johor waters

* Rainforest World Music Festival returns in June as physical and virtual event

* Shanghai turns residences into Covid isolation facilities, sparking protest

* North Korea celebrates founding leader's birthday

* China releases jailed Taiwanese activist, sends him home

* China launches first tax office for Portuguese-speaking nations

* Asian markets drop after Wall Street retreat

* China's broadcasting regulator to ban livestreaming of games without approval

* S.Korea drops most Covid restrictions as cases fall

* Volunteers reach out to lonely seniors

* New land-sea corridor eases delivery

* Musings and missteps mark Musk moments on Twitter

* US special representative for N.Korea to visit Seoul to discuss missile launches

* Penthouses in North Korea are mainly for the unfortunate few

* Shenzhou XIII spaceship set to return to Earth soon

* N. Korea-tied hackers executed US$620mil crypto heist: FBI

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