Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (May 27, 2022)


Dancers performing the Thailand Cultural Dance during the 'Think Thailand' Grand Opening Ceremony at Tropicana Garden Mall in Kuala Lumpur. The 12-day festival is the largest and colourful Thai event offering many Thailand features at the mall. - Bernama

Malaysia:

* Covid-19 Watch: 1,845 new cases detected, active infections now at 25,189

* Covid-19 Watch: 32.2% of five to 11-year-olds in Malaysia fully vaccinated

* Johor MMEA detains sailboat, French skipper for illegal entry

* Rosmah fails in final bid to disqualify Gopal Sri Ram from prosecuting

* Malaysia's economy is expected to expand further after favourable performance in Q1 2022

* Decathlon: Making the pleasure and benefits of sports more accessible in Malaysia

* PM congratulates 2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Award winner

* Monkeypox can be contained if we act now, WHO says

* PM meets Japan PM Kishida to enhance bilateral ties

* Ismail Sabri meets Japanese counterpart, proposes upgrading ties

* Stop injustice against chambering students, young lawyers tell Bar Council

* Ismail Sabri to launch Hawana 2022 on May 29 to honour journalists

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Japan. - ReutersSingapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Japan. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Singaporeans should continue to wear masks if unwell even after Covid-19 is over, says PM Lee; 3,830 new Covid-19 cases

* Super-rich families face longer wait for tax breaks in Singapore

* Singapore: 295 people under probe over job, rental, love scams involving more than S$5.5 million (RM17.58 million)

* Squid Game star Hoyeon Jung, Olympians Edgar Cheung and Eileen Gu make Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30

* Singapore, Japan key partners to protect regional peace: Lee and Kishida

* Singapore Apex court acquits two men of cannabis trafficking; one had been given death penalty

* Victims in S’pore lost over S$3mil since January to scammers impersonating friends

* Scammers get student to fake kidnapping for ransom

* Towards a healthier nation

* Student in SG, 16, made to fake kidnapping for ransom in China officials’ scam

* Asia shares join global rebound on easing of Fed hike fears, China tech boost

* Oil on track for weekly rise amid global supply concerns

A bird enthusiast from Free Fly community catches a macaw in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. - AFPA bird enthusiast from Free Fly community catches a macaw in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. - AFP

Indonesia

* 'Princess of the Wall of Death': Indonesian daredevil defies gravity and stereotypes

* A tragic loss - Heavily pregnant Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesia of suspected poisoning

* A tale of two political clans - from Indonesia to the Philipines: The Marcos and Suhartos

* Palm oil analyst Ministry urges Indonesia to resume exports immediately

* Emerging market: Asian currencies gain but yields fall as Fed rate hike bets ease

* 6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Timor Leste, tsunami advisory issued

* Indonesia hedges against US’ economic push

* Indonesia - Disaster in a post-pandemic world

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) during their meeting in Tokyo. - AFPThailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) during their meeting in Tokyo. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai garment workers win US$8.3 million (RM36.5 million) in back pay after layoffs

* Thailand to join hands with Vietnam to control rice trade in the global market

* Thai April exports miss forecast over Ukraine war and China lockdown

* Malaysia, Thailand agree crucial to enhance close defence relations, says Hisham

* Thailand to scrap all quarantine on June 1, tourism surge expected

* Thailand records 4,837 Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths

* WHO to use Thailand’s efforts to combat Covid-19 as benchmark

Philippines:

* Meeting debt obligations is top Priority for Diokno as new Philippine finance chief

* Travellers with booster can enter Philippines without Covid-19 test

* Elon Musk’s Starlink gets nod to provide Internet in Philippines

* Dream fulfilled for Imelda Marcos as family reclaims presidency

* A Marcos return in Philippines triggers panic buying of books on brutal martial law

* Marcos nixes fuel excise tax suspension, explores other options

* Business groups nod as Marcos forms economic team

A woman walks before residential and commercial buildings in Manila on Friday (May 27). - AFPA woman walks before residential and commercial buildings in Manila on Friday (May 27). - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,239 new Covid-19 cases. infections much lower as total goes above 10.7 million

* Vietnamese export increases in both quantity, quality especially in fisheries, garment and textiles and wood production

* Vietnam's economy to do well and continue to rise in 2022, say experts

* Johor MMEA detains Vietnamese-registered tanker for anchoring illegally

* SEA Games javelin champ gives her mother gold medal

* Vietnam, UK strive to lift trade and investment relations

Myanmar:

* Over 1.6 million students enroll in basic education schools across Myanmar; Covid-19 total now rising to 613,260

* Myanmar bans use of foreign currency for local payments

* China-trained Myanmar athletes achieve good results at 31st SEA Games

* Junta bans public sector’s use of US dollar for local payments

* Suu Kyi’s family files detention complaint at UN

Some 200 dishes made from lotus on display at the Đồng Thap Lotus Festival 2022 seen during an event in Hanoi. — Vietnam News/ANNSome 200 dishes made from lotus on display at the Đồng Thap Lotus Festival 2022 seen during an event in Hanoi. — Vietnam News/ANN

Cambodia:

* Asean to play more active role in building bright future for Asia, world, says Cambodian PM

* RCEP best example of open, inclusive, rules-based trading system: Hun Sen

* US$169mil credit for disaster risk management

Laos:

* Caught for a thorny issue - Thai man arrested for smuggling durian trees to Laos

* Lao government orders action to facilitate goods export

* Laos looks to unlock potential of regional connectivity

Brunei:

* Brunei to end early endemic phase, update Covid-19 guidelines on Tuesday (May 31)

* Massive haul of dubious meat confiscated in Brunei

* Celestial treat for lovers of astronomy

Brazil's national football team forward Neymar (sitting. centre) and his teammates take a break during a training session at Goyang Stadium in Goyang on Friday, May 27, 2022, six days ahead of a friendly football match between South Korea and Brazil. - AFPBrazil's national football team forward Neymar (sitting. centre) and his teammates take a break during a training session at Goyang Stadium in Goyang on Friday, May 27, 2022, six days ahead of a friendly football match between South Korea and Brazil. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* China imposes voluntary fishing moratorium in northern Indian Ocean after being linked to illegal catches

* Senior Beijing city health official sacked amid capital’s Covid battle

* Rising above price shocks globally

* First tourists in Japan face Covid-19 tests, chaperones and little free time

* China, Solomon Islands reach eight-point consensus

* China plots fresh military exercises in South China Sea

* China school textbook pulled after its illustrations spark furor

* Asian markets track Wall St higher, tech leads Hong Kong rally

* China's industrial profit growth slows in January-April

* Xi-Li discord paralyses officials responsible for China economy

* Seeking respite in nature

* China to implement fishing ban on high seas

* Chinese, US scientists design crab-like microbots

* Injured South Korean fighter back from Ukraine faces investigation

* Australia dollar finally cracks resistance with help from robust data

* Bank of Korea to focus on fight against inflation

* China economy worse off than in 2020, says premier

* In home of world's biggest nuclear plant, a vote may shape Japan's atomic future

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