Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (May 28, 2022)


Dancers pose for a picture during the 'Surabaya Vaganza' event, part of the celebrations for city's 729th anniversary, in Surabaya, on Saturday, May 28, 2022. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19 Watch: 1,877 new cases, says Health Ministry

* Covid-19 Watch: 32.5% of children in Malaysia fully vaccinated

* Joint committee set up over Malaysian skilled workers to be sent to Japan

* Bureaucratic problems among causes of insufficient fish supply, says fisheries authority

* Malaysian Education Ministry to extend contracts of over 2,600 teachers

* Ismail Sabri agreed to number of ministers from Bersatu before becoming PM, says Hamzah

* Monkeypox: Govt has no plans to close country's borders, says Health Ministry

* Strong economic fundamentals, prudent management to contribute to stronger ringgit

* Okay to criticise Vietnam SEA Games gold medal haul, but be constructive, says Ti

* Former diplomat linked to Janda Baik marijuana farm released, son still in remand

* Parliament select committee to deliver comprehensive roadmap on child justice system

* Zuraida remains in Cabinet for now, says PM

Singapore:

* Travellers from Singapore to Japan need not undergo on-arrival test or quarantine from June 1

* Monkeypox unlikely to be a pandemic, but cases could be detected in Singapore in coming weeks, says health minister

* Singapore's famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice may stop selling dish after Malaysia starts ban on chicken exports

* Tons of aviation jobs up for grabs as Singapore races to recruit; major rebound in travel industry

* Malaysian farms rushing to send chickens to Singapore before export ban

* Singapore: Worker dies after falling 9.5m to factory floor; 2022 fatalities now at 24; workplace deaths so far highest since 2016

Dancers perform a traditional dance during the 'Surabaya Vaganza' event, part of the celebrations for city's 729th anniversary, in Surabaya, on Saturday, May 28, 2022. - AFPDancers perform a traditional dance during the 'Surabaya Vaganza' event, part of the celebrations for city's 729th anniversary, in Surabaya, on Saturday, May 28, 2022. - AFP

Indonesia

* Palm oil analyst top expert urges Indonesia to resume exports immediately

* Indonesians going through a long wait for motorbikes as chip crunch hits home

* HSBC Is reportedly considering an IPO of business in Indonesia

* Indonesia rescuers search for 26 after boat capsizes off Sulawesi Island

* Indonesia's plan to create new eastern provinces unviable, says Papua governor

* Indonesia to allocate aaround one million tonnes of palm oil for export

Thailand:

* Thailand records 4,488 Covid-19 cases and 38 deaths on Saturday (May 28)

* Victoria's Secret pays US$8.3mil (RM36.35mil) settlement to sacked Thai workers

* 1,250 workers win US$8.3M in back pay after layoffs

* Drug traffickers acquitted

* Quarantine to be scrapped in Thailand

* ‘Asia gaining strategic, economic importance’, says Prayut

Philippines:

* Incoming Philippines central bank governor sees no need to rush rate hikes

* Philippines' next president Marcos Jr vows not to compromise sovereignty

* Philippines further eases travel requirements for foreign tourists

* A tale of two political clans – the Marcos and Suhartos

* Martial law books flying off shelves

Dancers perform a traditional dance during the 'Surabaya Vaganza' event, part of the celebrations for city's 729th anniversary, in Surabaya, on Saturday, May 28, 2022. - AFPDancers perform a traditional dance during the 'Surabaya Vaganza' event, part of the celebrations for city's 729th anniversary, in Surabaya, on Saturday, May 28, 2022. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,114 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 28) as infections continue to dip in country

* Vietnam's FDI disbursement up 7.8 percent in five months

* Vietnam EV maker VinFast to shift HQ to Singapore ahead of first exports

* Vietnam's economy to grow a healthy 6.9 per cent in 2022, says S&P Global

* Traces of early humans found in Bac Kan province

Myanmar:

* UN Security Council members fail to agree on Myanmar text

* Asean special envoy to make second trip to Myanmar in June

* Russia and China block UN statement on Myanmar crisis

* Myanmar's anti-narcotics task force seizes 5 million stimulant tablets worth US$2.7 million (RM11.82 million)

Cambodia:

* I will never allow Cambodia to fall in debt trap, says Prime Minister Hun Sen

* Cambodia and Vietnam agree to open more air links to tourism hotspots; govt reports zero Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 28)

* Cambodian PM praises China as key contributor to country's infrastructure and electricity development

Laos:

* South African national, believed to be a pilot, found dead in Laos capital Vientiane

* Bank of Laos vows to resolve foreign exchange problems

* Govt seeks to tap potential of regional connectivity

Brunei:

* Indo-Pacific Framework boost for local businesses, says Brunei Finance Minister

* Brunei subsidised over BND100 million (RM320 million) in oil prices even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, says minister

* Shortened application process to address labour shortage in Brunei

This picture released by the Samoa Observer on May 28, 2022 shows Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (third from right) holding a meeting with Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa (third from left) after an agreements signing ceremony between the two countries in Apia. - AFPThis picture released by the Samoa Observer on May 28, 2022 shows Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (third from right) holding a meeting with Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa (third from left) after an agreements signing ceremony between the two countries in Apia. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* 'Tomorrow will be better': Shanghai inches towards Covid-19 re-opening

* Samoa signs China agreement amid South Pacific push

* China’s Gen Z OK to wait for wealth with record graduates to fight for jobs, US youth less patient

* Hong Kong’s biggest business chamber calls proposed 7.2 per cent pay rise for civil servants ‘out of touch with reality’

* Hong Kong's next leader John Lee visits Beijing for official nod

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

* China-Australia relations - will a Penfolds wine by any Chinese vineyard taste as sweet?

* Japan to allow mass tourism in tour groups

* US bid to marginalise one-China principle a ‘pipe dream’

* Exposure to air pollution linked to Alzheimer’s in China

* Pandemic spurs Hong Kong logistics rethink

* Injured S. Korean who fought in Ukraine probed

* ‘Wall of Death Princess’ defies gravity, stereotypes

* Strong China-Russia ties on show in Pacific patrol, despite Beijing’s lack of military support in Ukraine

* Squid Game star Hoyeon Jung, Olympians Edgar Cheung and Eileen Gu make Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, but S'pore the real winner

* Smoking prevalence rate drops to new low of 9.5 per cent in Hong Kong, but ‘significant’ increase in use of e-cigarettes

* Meet Imagen, Google’s new AI that turns text into images

* Japanese Red Army founder Shigenobu freed from prison

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