Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (May 21, 2022)


Visitors watching the 'Spectra' light and water show along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront in Singapore on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19: No more free jabs for kids after May 31, says deputy minister

* Covid-19 Watch: 1,099,250 children in Malaysia fully vaccinated

* Govt to look into closing of kindergartens, child care centres to avoid spread OF HFMD

* Malaysia sounds alarm over lowest SEA Games ranking in 40 years

* Kleptocrats will jeopardise country's future, says Muhyiddin

* US companies agree to invest RM16.25bil in Malaysia, says Azmin after trade mission

* Defence Ministry to announce initiatives for veterans, says Hisham

* Police, AADK urged to monitor vape use among school students

* Govt to send chicken stocks to states that have supply issues

* Pejuang in talks with all parties in Sabah over possible cooperation ahead of GE15

* Authorities to take action over spread of Syiah teachings via Quran apps, says Hamzah

* Datuk remanded for six days over probe into crude palm oil sales tax evasion case

Fireworks explode as people watch the 'Spectra' light and water show along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront in Singapore on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFPFireworks explode as people watch the 'Spectra' light and water show along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront in Singapore on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFP

Singapore:

* China relaxes Covid-19 testing rules for travellers from Singapore

* Wildlife management framework enhanced to curb risk of human-wildlife conflicts in Singapore

* No new monkeypox cases in Singapore but doctors must be vigilant, says Ministry of Health

* Singapore still rules China futures market as Hong Kong edges In

* Singapore: 56-year-old man wielding knife in Boon Lay Place tasered and arrested after allegedly charging at police

* Victims in SG lose S$466,000 to scammers impersonating ecommerce platform staff

* Newspaper (The Straits Times) launches Stop Scams microsite

Indonesia

* Singapore and Indonesia enjoy strong ties, can do more together in green and digital economy, says Lawrence Wong in Jakarta

* Palm oil’s slump set to deepen after Indonesia lifts export ban

* Supporters of controversial Indonesian preacher denied entry to Singapore stage protests in Jakarta, Medan

* Indonesia acknowledges Singapore's right to bar firebrand preacher

* Recriminations fly as Indonesia resumes palm oil exports

* Indonesia's Garuda given debt restructuring extension

Indonesia's Rusdi kicks the ball in the men's sepak takraw final between Indonesia and Thailand during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFPIndonesia's Rusdi kicks the ball in the men's sepak takraw final between Indonesia and Thailand during the 31st South-East Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

* Kids in Thailand aged 6-11 will only need half adult dose of Moderna, says vaccine provider

* US lead others in walk out of APEC talks in Bangkok over Russia's Ukraine invasion

* Covid-19 cases in Thailand continue to dip; only 5,377 infections and 37 deaths recorded on Saturday (May 21)

* Thai Govt reopens entertainment venues to woo back tourists

* Monkeypox on the radar in Thailand

* Bangkok to pick new governor

Philippines:

* More golden glitter at weightlifting for Philippines at SEA Games - ever-smiling Vanessa Sarno sets new games' records in golden lift

* Philippines detects first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.4

* Philippines' Department of Health denies presence of Omicron variant cases in Batangas

* Philippines hikes rate while signaling gradual normalisation

* US Navy ship to be named after Filipino sailor

A young Vietnam fan waves a flag in support of Vietnam's Thi Tinh Hoang during her women's judo 48kg semi final match against Indonesia's Meli Rosita Marta at the Hoai Duc Stadium, Hoai Duc District, Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday, May 21. - ReutersA young Vietnam fan waves a flag in support of Vietnam's Thi Tinh Hoang during her women's judo 48kg semi final match against Indonesia's Meli Rosita Marta at the Hoai Duc Stadium, Hoai Duc District, Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday, May 21. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,457 new Covid-19 cases; Hanoi remains pandemic hotspot with 370 new infections on Saturday (May 21)

* Vietnam to introduce national development strategies at 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos, says Ambassador

* Bear cubs rescued from wildlife trade in Vietnam

* Vietnam sacks head of the country's main stock exchange over "wrongdoing"

* Former health official jailed amid anti-graft drive

Myanmar:

* Penang MMEA detains two barter trade ships from Myanmar

* Myanmar reports only 17 new Covid-19 cases

* Myanmar leader begins peace talks with ethnic militia groups

* Malaysia ‘violated anti-terrorism agreements’ by meeting with NUG representatives, says Myanmar junta spokesperson

* Aussie ties on shaky ground

Vietnam's Trieu Van Long attempts a shot in the men's handball match against Thailand during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFPVietnam's Trieu Van Long attempts a shot in the men's handball match against Thailand during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM Hun Sen says that the fifth dose of Covid-19 vaccinations to begin on June 9

* Political parties start campaigns for commune elections in Cambodia

* World needs to ‘double efforts’ for multilateralism

* Nation expects one million tourists this year

Laos:

* Vietnam agrees to help Laos to build new public park in capital Vientiane

* Top Indian biopic movie led by popular Alia Bhatt a surprise hit in Laos and Thailand

* Mekong River levels higher after low flow, drought

Brunei:

* Booster shot coverage rate nears 70 per cent in Brunei; health ministry reports 262 new Covid-19 cases

* Brunei minister makes call to strengthen intra-Asean trade and investment

* Second booster under consideration, says minister

US President Joe Biden (centre), participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Seoul National Cemetery, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea. - APUS President Joe Biden (centre), participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Seoul National Cemetery, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Australian PM Morrison concedes, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule

* S.Korea, U.S. vow new measures to deter N.Korea, expand economic partnership

* Biden and S.Korea's Yoon set to discuss nuclear cooperation, N.Korea

* North Korea reports over 200,000 fever cases for 5th day amid Covid-19 wave

* Japan PM Kishida calls China's development in East China Sea 'unacceptable'

* World's most expensive car: Vintage Mercedes sells for record US$142 million at auction

* Shanghai lockdown: City finds three new community infections even as death toll falls to zero, as path to reopening is lined with risks

* Planting ‘letters from spring’: Chinese artist in Guangzhou has been covering dingy walls with flowers made of felt

* Reporter’s diary: In the seventh straight week of Shanghai’s lockdown, it feels like I’m living in a parallel universe

* China robot unicorn Hai Robotics eyes international expansion as market for warehouse automation cranks up

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

* US lawmakers consider actions to increase support for Taiwan

* Hong Kong’s civil servants are in line for record pay rise. Is it time to revamp how salary increases are determined?

* Controlling stake in Arm China may shift to little-known entity as chip joint venture’s ownership saga drags on

* China-Australia relations: Canberra’s ‘fear of looking weak’ hints at no relief for exporters

* New cases found beyond lockdown areas in Shanghai

* New legal interpretation on wildlife protection issued

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