Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (May 7, 2022)


Supporters of Philippine Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo gather on the main road as they take part in a campaign rally ahead of the 2022 national elections in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Putrajaya urged to uphold Constitution, return what is owed to Sabah, Sarawak

* Covid-19 Watch: 1,251 new cases bring total to 4,455,364

* Covid-19: Over 25 per cent of children fully vaccinated

* PICKids: Parents told to get their children protected before May 15 deadline

* Health Ministry has never endorsed products to replace medication for diabetes

* RM120mil to upgrade undersea water pipeline to Redang Island, says exco chairman

* Rafizi in proxy power struggle with Anwar

* Fuel shortage due to Raya traffic, supply to normalise by May 9, says PDAM

* Anger over fuel shortage on major highways as people return from Raya break

* HR Minister to highlight Malaysia's efforts in tackling forced labour during Washington visit

* Check with Malawakil before accepting foreign job offers, says Saifuddin

* No haj quota abuse or queue-cutting, assures Tabung Haji

Supporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and his running mate Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, wave flags during a campaign rally in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on Saturday, May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. - AFPSupporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and his running mate Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, wave flags during a campaign rally in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on Saturday, May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore reports 3,162 new Covid-19 cases as total infection is now above 1.2 million as of Saturday (May 7)

* Flexible work arrangements key to future, says Singapore's manpower minister

* Singapore cinema operators report rise in littering, as theatres return to full capacity in country

* Pump prices in Singapore rise, 92-octane fuel prices reach new highs amid renewed talks of Russian oil ban

* Oil gains 1.5%, posts another weekly rise on supply concerns

* Moving to greener energy in Singapore

* New augmented reality studio first of its kind in South-East Asia

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's Bali clamps down on 'disrespectful' visitors after Russian nude viral video controversy

* Indonesian Health Ministry investigates mysterious hepatitis that killed three children in Jakarta

* Indonesia's annual economic growth likely to hold steady in Q1, says Reuters

* Indonesia confirms deportation of Russians for nude photo on sacred tree in Bali

* Indonesia seizes tanker over palm oil export ban violation

* Indonesia and China vow to safeguard peace, stability in East Asia

Supporters of Philippine Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo dance while taking part in a campaign rally ahead of the 2022 national elections in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2022. - ReutersSupporters of Philippine Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo dance while taking part in a campaign rally ahead of the 2022 national elections in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2022. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thai schools to reopen under four-point Covid-19 prevention strategy

* Police nab Bangkok’s Songkran burglar, hunt for 10-million-baht (RM1.27 million) loot

* Thailand urges care over content as Lazada promotion angers royalists

* Thailand launches electric motorcycle taxi pilot project

* Thailand plans to extend support for domestic travel; tourism ministry also aiming up to 15 million foreign tourist this year

* Child sex probe ‘blocked’ in Thailand

Philippines:

* Thousands join final campaign rallies in Philippine elections

* Asian Insider: Philippine presidential election: Will Marcos family return to power?

* Marcos Jr on verge of historic win as Philippine presidential campaign ends on Saturday (May 7)

* Pro-Marcos misinformation targets main rival in polls

* Consumers use app to counter fuel prices

Supporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, flash the V sign in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. - AFPSupporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, flash the V sign in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Infections continue to dip as Vietnam reports only 3,345 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 7)

* Vietnam moves up five places in global education rankings

* Next week's SEA Games is deemed as Vietnam's golden opportunity to boost tourism

* Vietnam aims to boost rice export to South-East Asian countries

* Better book access for the visually impaired

Myanmar:

* Asean foreign ministers meeting to discuss Myanmar 5PC issue

* Consultative meeting on Asean humanitarian aid to Myanmar concludes; operation details to be announced later

* Myanmar starts administering locally produced Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines

* Asean meets over Myanmar aid

Members of South Korean K-Pop girl group NMIXX pose on the red carpet at KCON Seoul 2022 in Seoul on Saturday, May 7, 2022. - AFPMembers of South Korean K-Pop girl group NMIXX pose on the red carpet at KCON Seoul 2022 in Seoul on Saturday, May 7, 2022. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Biden should give Asean leaders face time to improve ties, says Cambodian minister

* Cambodia announces only two new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 7); mask-wearing now optional nationwide

* Cambodia eyes key role in electronics and auto hubs in South-East Asia

* Bomb found in riverbed in front of royal palace

Laos:

* Laos to seek oil from Russia and stabilise domestic fuel prices

* Laos drops testing for vaccinated tourists and announces full reopening

* Spiralling inflation causing hardship in Laos

Brunei:

* Team effort douses two-day forest fire in Brunei

* Ensuring young ones receive Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to safeguard the children, says Brunei health minister

* Sabah welcomes first flight from Brunei since pandemic began

Members of South Korean K-Pop girl group NMIXX pose on the red carpet at KCON Seoul 2022 in Seoul on Saturday, May 7, 2022. - AFPMembers of South Korean K-Pop girl group NMIXX pose on the red carpet at KCON Seoul 2022 in Seoul on Saturday, May 7, 2022. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Chinese investors cash in on Japan’s weak yen, from collectable toys to sight-unseen properties

* China-US ties: Lloyd Austin looks forward to meeting Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe to ‘engage in the future’

* CPO futures expected to trade at RM6,100-RM6,700 a tonne next week

* China govt to give full support for small firms to aid recovery

* Beijing counters outbreak with resilience

* ‘We will win against virus’, says China govt

* Major Japan railway now powered only by renewable energy

* Musk aims to quintuple Twitter's revenue to $26.4 billion by 2028 -NYT

* Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy gets thumbs down by two Japanese legislators

* Should Hong Kong’s Christian groups be worried about national security law curbs?

* Chinese-American expert’s call for China to change zero-Covid policy becomes online hit

* US-China tech war: surveillance camera maker Hikvision hopes for ‘fair’ treatment as US reportedly weighs harsh sanctions

* Hong Kong police arrest seven people after dozens of victims are cheated in scams involving bogus low-interest loans

* Chinese-American expert’s call for China to change zero-Covid policy becomes online hit

* China: Beijing kicks off fresh round of Covid-19 tests as Shanghai postpones crucial exams

* China wary of Russia-type sanctions, but Beijing’s ‘financial nuclear bombs’ are a powerful deterrent

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