Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (May 13, 2022)


Vietnam's Vu Thanh An (R) competes with Thailand's Ruangrit Haekerd in the men's sabre individual fencing semi-final during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on Friday, May 13, 2022. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19: 28% of children in Malaysia are fully vaccinated

* Covid-19 Watch: 3,410 new cases bring total to 4,470,471

* Abang Johari keen for Sarawak to emulate Norway's sovereign wealth fund

* No place for toxic work culture at public hospitals, says Khairy

* Malaysia's economy expands 5% in 1Q

* Malaysia and US to set up committee to address forced labour issue

* New anti-hop law will reassure people that their vote matters, says Azalina

* Rakyat the real winners in Anwar-Najib debate, says political analyst

* Ismail Sabri meets US president Biden, Asean leaders at White House

* Negotiations for Sabah special grant should always refer to Federal Constitution, says Madius

* Bank Negara stresses the need to recalibrate monetary policy

* Pegging the ringgit not in Malaysia's best interest: BNM Governor

Malaysia's Mohd Al Jufferi Bin Jamari (left) in action against Indonesia's Iqbal Candra Pratama during their quarter final of the Men's Tanding match during the Pencak Silat event at the Bac Tu Liem Sport Centre, Hanoi, during the Vietnam Sea Games on Friday, May 13, 2022. - ReutersMalaysia's Mohd Al Jufferi Bin Jamari (left) in action against Indonesia's Iqbal Candra Pratama during their quarter final of the Men's Tanding match during the Pencak Silat event at the Bac Tu Liem Sport Centre, Hanoi, during the Vietnam Sea Games on Friday, May 13, 2022. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Hottest temperature since 1983 recorded in Singapore during recent weeks of warm weather

* Singapore judge to serial cheat and con man jailed multiple times over 46 years: 'The court is shocked'

* South-East Asian leaders face rights questions, flying shoe on Washington debut

* Male suspect in SG arrested for scamming customers buying toy figurines online

* Singapore seizes S$1mil in drugs, arrests 102 islandwide in major bust

* Toddler among three dead in Singapore flat fire

* Singapore welcomes US' proposed Indo-Pacific economic plan

* Li Ka-shing’s family office joins Singapore expansion wave

* Special tiles to boost marine life

* Bitcoin set for record losing streak as 'stablecoin' collapse crushes crypto

* Asian shares trim weekly losses, dollar steady near 20-year highs

* Oil rises but set for weekly drop as fears of weaker demand limit gains

Pongsiri Prommachan of Thailand compete in Men's Bodybuilding 65kg during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 13, 2022. The SEA Games 31 takes place from May 12 to May 23 in Hanoi, and 11 nearby provinces. - APPongsiri Prommachan of Thailand compete in Men's Bodybuilding 65kg during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 13, 2022. The SEA Games 31 takes place from May 12 to May 23 in Hanoi, and 11 nearby provinces. - AP

Indonesia:

* Indonesia will closely monitor Covid-19 transmission after Eid (Aidil Fitri) holidays

* Indonesia's trade surplus seen narrowing in April

* Indonesia seizes cooking oil shipment bound for East Timor

* Emerging markets: Indonesia stocks in correction territory as India central bank steps in to lift rupee; other currencies are mixed

* Jokowi to visit Elon Musk in Texas as Indonesia eyes space, EV projects

* Indonesia to vaccinate cattle as foot-and-mouth hits provinces

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Thailand:

* Popular Chao Phraya Express Boat boosts service from Tuesday (May 17) as schools reopen again in Thailand

* PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha to emphasise Thailand’s full reopening to tourism, business during Asean-US summit

* Badminton no.1 Yamaguchi beaten again as Japan bow out of Uber Cup in Bangkok

* Thailand's economy grew modestly in Q1 stung by high inflation

* Thai central bank plans to further relax forex rules

* Food security, free trade on agenda of Apec ministers meeting in Bangkok

* Thailand records 7,779 Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths

Philippines' Carlos Edriel Yulo Poquiz celebrates with his medal after winning first place in the individual all-around competition with second place Vietnam's Le Thanh Tung and third place Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh at the Vietnam SEA Games on Friday. - ReutersPhilippines' Carlos Edriel Yulo Poquiz celebrates with his medal after winning first place in the individual all-around competition with second place Vietnam's Le Thanh Tung and third place Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh at the Vietnam SEA Games on Friday. - Reuters

Philippines:

* Philippines posts 8.3 per cent economic growth in first quarter of 2022

* Allies of Marcos Jr now all set to dominate Philippine Congress

* China envoy says ties with Philippines to strengthen under Marcos Jr

* Xi sends congratulatory message to Philippine President-elect Marcos

* US seeks continuity in relations

* Covid-19: Risk of superspreaders in Philippines

* The Philippines growth tops forecasts

* TM Wholesale, Globe collaborate to roll out gaming solution in the Philippines

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 2,227 new Covid-19 cases; total infections now almost 10.7 as of Friday (May 13)

* HSBC predicts Vietnam’s inflation to be capped under 4 per cent

* Vietnam's economy to grow six per cent in 2022, says IMF

* Vietnam PM Chính meets US business community

* Petrol prices in Vietnam continue to soar, causing more challenges for transport firms

* Photographer gives Pope ‘Napalm Girl’ picture

* Secret behind the mascot of SEA Games

Vietnam team members celebrate on the podium after winning the team artistic event at the Vietnam Sea Games on Friday (May 13). - Reuters Vietnam team members celebrate on the podium after winning the team artistic event at the Vietnam Sea Games on Friday (May 13). - Reuters

Myanmar:

* Myanmar junta to reopen borders to tourists

* Job scam: Mother desperately hoping to reunite with son believed trapped in Myanmar

* Myanmar to resume issuing tourist e-visas starting on Sunday (May 15)

* A strong US-Asean partnership starts with Myanmar: Jakarta Post contributors

Cambodia:

* Asean chair Hun Sen invites US president to attend November summit in Cambodia; zero Covid-19 cases on Friday (May 13)

* Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen meets Biden; engages US advocacy consultants to improve relations

* Sokha’s lawyers: Treason case may be cleared by Hun Sen's remarks

Laos:

* Daily Covid-19 cases in Laos continue to decline; only 94 cases confirmed on Friday (May 13)

* Laos businesses and people hit by depreciating local currency amid volatility in global fuel market

* Thai tour operators make plans to bring visitors to Laos

Brunei:

* Over 68 per cent of children vaccinated in Brunei as health ministry announces 250 new Covid-19 cases

* French delegation in Brunei to strengthen ties

* ‘Youth can use social media to keep Malay customs alive’

South Korea's Kim Ga-eun, center celebrates with her teammate after defeating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles semi-final match at Thomas & Uber Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 13, 2022. South Korea qualified for the finals against China after beating favourites Japan 3-0. - APSouth Korea's Kim Ga-eun, center celebrates with her teammate after defeating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles semi-final match at Thomas & Uber Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 13, 2022. South Korea qualified for the finals against China after beating favourites Japan 3-0. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Hope of easing lockdown in Shanghai dashed as new community cases emerge

* Biden hosts Asean leaders at White House, announces US$150 million of programmes

* Biden to have ‘private time’ with each Asean leader official

* ‘Take real steps for way forward’, says US

* Hong Kong suspends classes as rains batter city

* China eyes new policy tools to bolster economic growth

* Asian stocks up as investors calm over potential Fed moves

* N. Korea confirms first Covid-19 death in 'explosive' outbreak

* Study: Long Covid symptoms observed in half of survivors

* Passengers and crew evacuated after plane veers off runway

* ‘Youth can use social media to keep Malay customs alive’

* TikTok sued after 10-year-old dies in ‘blackout challenge’

* World Food Prize winner says food systems are crucial in tackling climate change

* S&P Global Commodity Insights: Oil price volatility is here to stay as supply, demand risks abound

* Malaysian leader urges US to adopt more active Asean trade agenda

* South Korea’s high-speed 5G mobile revolution gives way to evolution

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