Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (May 20, 2022)


Lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, as seen from Turgo village in Sleman on May 20, 2022. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Federal Govt will ensure Sabah achieves its rights under MA63, says PM

* Covid-19 Watch: 2,124 new cases, nationwide ICU bed usage at 56.8pc

* Covid-19 Watch: 30.6pc of children in Malaysia fully vaccinated

* Childcare centres with more than four HFMD cases will be closed, says Melaka Health director

* Farms shut down because of small chicken size, not protest, says ministry

* Digital economy to contribute 22.6% to GDP by 2025

* MSM Malaysia wants govt to review price of sugar

* IMF expects Malaysia’s economy to expand

* Aug 30 verdict on RM100mil suit by Altantuya's family

* SEA Games: Malaysia hits gold medal target with Karate win

* First person charged under Whistleblower Protection Act acquitted

* Elon Musk’s Starlink plans to provide Internet access via satellite in Malaysia

Singapore’s Teong Tzen Wei (centre) celebrates after winning the men's 50m freestyle final during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games) at Quan Ngura Sports Complex in Hanoi. - AFPSingapore’s Teong Tzen Wei (centre) celebrates after winning the men's 50m freestyle final during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games) at Quan Ngura Sports Complex in Hanoi. - AFP

Singapore:

* Three Malaysians arrested for suspected drug offences, S$1.3mil (RM4.14mil) worth of drugs seized

* Petrol prices reach new high in Singapore - above RM10 per litre, despite softer oil prices and amid record profits by energy firms

* New Singapore-Pacific Alliance trade agreement to focus on tech and sustainability

* All Singapore Covid-19 cases in April were of the Omicron variant, says its Ministry of Health

* AXA S’pore acquisition to double HSBC’s life insurance market share

* Biometric verification for travellers in the works

* S’pore hopes for full connectivity with M’sia in months

* Oil falls on uncertainty over fuel demand recovery

* Asian shares bounce as China moves to boost housing

Women load plastic bottles containing bulk cooking oil provided by the State Logistics Agency (BULOG) at a discounted price, at distribution point in Jakarta on Friday, May 20, 2022. Indonesia is lifting a monthlong ban on palm oil export, citing improvements in the supply and domestic price of bulk cooking oil. President Joko Widodo says exports will resume on Monday. - APWomen load plastic bottles containing bulk cooking oil provided by the State Logistics Agency (BULOG) at a discounted price, at distribution point in Jakarta on Friday, May 20, 2022. Indonesia is lifting a monthlong ban on palm oil export, citing improvements in the supply and domestic price of bulk cooking oil. President Joko Widodo says exports will resume on Monday. - AP

Indonesia

* Indonesian govt aims to up subsidy, hike power rates as global energy prices surge

* Social media accounts of Singapore political leaders spammed by supporters of banned Indonesian preacher

* Emerging markets: Indonesian rupiah firms as palm oil export ban ends as Asian shares rise

* Indonesia ministry to hold briefing on lifting of palm oil export ban

* East Timor’s new president pledges stronger ties with China

* Watch out for potential policy changes on Indonesian CPO, says RHB

* Indonesia president declares end of palm oil export ban from Monday

Thailand:

* Thai Health Ministry proposes ‘green-zone’ plan to lift restrictions; 6,463 Covid-19 cases and 41 deaths recorded on Friday (May 20)

* Reopening of the nine Thai-Malaysian border checkpoints spurs economic recovery, say experts

* Bangkok to choose governor on Sunday (May 22) as national election looms

* Thailand begins to reopen bars and pubs with aims to woo back tourists

* Thailand: Focus now on medical tourism

* Bangkok polls may tip in favour of the opposition

Students arrive at school as in-person classes in Thailand resumed nationwide for a new term, after years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at Pimarnvit School in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on Friday, May 20, 2022. - AFPStudents arrive at school as in-person classes in Thailand resumed nationwide for a new term, after years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at Pimarnvit School in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on Friday, May 20, 2022. - AFP

Philippines:

* Philippines kicks off tightening cycle with first rate hike since 2018 and curb inflationary pressures

* Kishida assures Philippines president-elect Marcos of Japan's economic commitment

* Philippines' golden girl and weightlifting star Diaz targets Olympic defence after SEA Games gold

* Philippines establishes coast guard outposts in disputed sea

* Philippines hikes rate for first time since 2018 on price risks

* Cracks showing after historic win in the Philippines

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,587 new Covid-19 cases as Hanoi remains the pandemic hotspot on Friday (May 20)

* Vietnam court jails ex-health official amid anti-graft drive

* TikTok plans big push into gaming, conducting tests in Vietnam

* Top securities regulator fired amid Vietnam’s market probe

* UN promises support for Vietnam’s energy transition scheme

* SEA Games 31: Vietnam and Thailand advance to dream men’s football final

Residents visit their burned homes as fire gutted a poor bayside village in the district of Tondo, Manila, Philippines on Friday, May 20, 2022. Investigators said about 300 families became homeless after the fire that happened Thursday night. - APResidents visit their burned homes as fire gutted a poor bayside village in the district of Tondo, Manila, Philippines on Friday, May 20, 2022. Investigators said about 300 families became homeless after the fire that happened Thursday night. - AP

Myanmar:

* Myanmar resistance urges West to provide arms for fight against junta

* Myanmar only reports four new Covid-19 cases as it receives vaccine syringes from China

* Myanmar junta threatens to downgrade Australia ties over snub

Cambodia:

* Cambodian Tourism Ministry says one million tourists expected in 2022

* Asean and BRICS must work together and restore unite, says Cambodian PM Hun Sen

* RCEP, CCFTA inject new impetus into bilateral trade

Laos:

* Laos: Mekong River sees higher water levels this year after four years of low flow and drought

* Japan grants Laos study funds for human resource development scholarships

* Over 1,000 Laotians find jobs in S. Korea

Brunei:

* Second booster under consideration, says Brunei health minister

* Brunei's BruHealth 3.0 to roll out on Sunday (May 22)

Anirban Lahiri of India plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on Friday, May 20, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, - AFPAnirban Lahiri of India plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on Friday, May 20, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Japan plans to double number of daily foreign arrivals from next month; most exempt from Covid-19 testing

* Labuan to host Asia’s largest ship-to-ship transfer hub, says Dr Wee

* Shanghai economy hit on all sides in April by Covid lockdown

* China could see more extreme weather events this rainy season, forecasters say

* Asian markets up after Wall Street battering over recession fears

* Milk tea brand pulled from shelves in China after alarm its packaging strongly resembles laundry detergent bottles

* China faces zero-Covid lockdown brain drain with visa inquiry spike

* Blast at South Korea's S-oil refinery kills one worker, injures nine

* Coronavirus: Flying to China from the US will no longer involve 7-day RT-PCR or antibody tests

* Coronavirus: Hong Kong on track for 75 per cent of remaining 1 million eligible residents to get vaccinated with third dose

* North Korea hails 'good results' on Covid as fever cases pass 2 million

* Samsung leader Lee excused from trial hearing as Biden to tour S.Korea chip plant

* Oil price rebounds from two days of losses in volatile trade

* IMF urges Asia to be mindful of spillover risks from tightening

* China cuts key mortgage reference rate as Covid-19 bites

* Tesla wants China staff to stay in factory bubble until mid-June

* US lawmakers consider actions to increase support for Taiwan

* South Korea looks to break China import dependence and establish ‘supply chain alliances’

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