Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (July 5, 2022)


Activists wearing dinosaur and clown costumes take part in a protest urging local bank BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia) to stop what organisers say is the continued funding of coal energy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Record FDI levels a key triumph for Malaysia PM: Umno official

* WhatsApp may soon launch a feature to hide your online status

* 8-year-old Malaysian gains two world records for naming 230 country flags in 4 mins 38s

* Woman charged with uploading pornographic pictures on Twitter

* PM arrives in Turkey for four-day official visit

* 'I need rest and time to recharge', says World number one Axelsen as he pulls out of badminton's Malaysia Masters

* Baling floods: No active logging activity in Gunung Inas forest reserve area, says Takiyuddin

* World’s leading experts to speak in industrial tree plantation symposium in Sabah

* Sabah music group set to host longest non-stop tourism fair

* MyCC: Eight companies involved in bid rigging penalised RM1.45mil

* GE15 possibly after Hari Raya Aidilfitri next year, predicts Anthony Loke

* MMEA seizes over RM1.7mil worth of syabu after high-speed chase

Anti-death penalty activists hand in a memorandum protesting the upcoming execution of another Malaysian convicted for drug trafficking to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. - AFPAnti-death penalty activists hand in a memorandum protesting the upcoming execution of another Malaysian convicted for drug trafficking to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. - AFP

Singapore:

* 12,784 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (July 5), highest since March 22

* Singapore airlines boosts global flights after surge in demand

* Singapore president Halimah Yacob tests positive for Covid-19

* Singapore near or at peak of current Covid-19 wave, with cases expected to cross 12k: minister

* Singapore’s tiny second airport eyes future as a flying taxi hub

* First man who admitted to role in OCBC scams to undergo reformative training

* Nine new restaurants and hawker stalls on Singapore's Bib Gourmand list

* S'pore, Morocco to cooperate on carbon markets, providing technical aid to Africa

* Singapore evaluates more crypto safeguards after blowups

* Record FDI levels a key triumph for Malaysia PM, says Umno official in Singapore

* Woman charged over firms’ ill-gotten gains in Singapore

* At least S$34,000 lost in S’pore to scams involving fake travel agent websites

* Singapore: Clean fuel for a better future

* Asia shares squeeze higher, take brief respite from growth fears

* Brent oil falls as recession fears increase fuel demand concerns

A general view shows the Mulia Resort and Villas, venue for the G20 Foreign Ministerial Meeting scheduled to be held this Thursday (July 7) - Friday, in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Tuesdaym, July 5, 2022. - AFPA general view shows the Mulia Resort and Villas, venue for the G20 Foreign Ministerial Meeting scheduled to be held this Thursday (July 7) - Friday, in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Tuesdaym, July 5, 2022. - AFP

Indonesia

* Ukraine says attendance of G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, depends on whether Russia goes

* United States and Chinese foreign ministers to meet at G-20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, this week

* Indonesian capital Jakarta imposes Level 2 restriction following increasing Omicron infections

* Indonesia raises palm oil export quota as farmers face 'emergency'

* 15 fishermen missing after boat capsizes in eastern Indonesia

* Jokowi's peace mission a reminder that Russia, Ukraine must be continually urged to negotiate: Experts

* Reluctantly, Indonesia may open door to medicinal marijuana

* Gerindra firms up on forming coalition with PKB

A police officer stands guard near confiscated drugs as Thai authorities are about to destroy them in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - ReutersA police officer stands guard near confiscated drugs as Thai authorities are about to destroy them in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thailand's consumer inflation hits 14-year high in June

* One suspected militant killed after shootout with cops in Thailand's Pattani

* Emerging markets: Thai June inflation beats forecast at 14-year high as Asian stocks rise on signs of thawing China-US tensions

* Rising energy prices in Thailand push June headline inflation to 7.66 per cent

* Thailand records 1,917 Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths

* One killed after motorcycle street race goes awry

* Thailand: Still a big hit with tourists worldwide

Philippines:

* Philippines' inflation accelerates to 6.1 per cent in June

* ‘Weak surge’ in Covid-19 cases will be over in two weeks, says Philippine's independent pandemic monitor

* Marcos Jr holds first Cabinet meeting

* Marcos team defends scrapping of San Miguel economic zone

* New Philippine tourism secretary Frasco to go on a 'listening tour'

* Bloc eyes repeal of Philippine anti-terror law

* Much ado about workplace woes vy Filipinos

A man gathers rice husks into piles before a process to turn it into charcoal in Hanoi. - AFPA man gathers rice husks into piles before a process to turn it into charcoal in Hanoi. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 989 new Covid-19 cases and national caseload rises to 10,750,313 on Tuesday (July 5)

* Vietnam and China agree to maintain strategic communication and advance cooperation

* Vietnam's textiles, garments export up an impressive 21.6 per cent in six months of this year

* Russia's Lavrov to visit Hanoi ahead of G20 meeting

* Respect each other's legitimate interests in South China Sea, Vietnam tells China

* 'Gods of the ocean': Why Vietnamese fishermen worship the whale

* Vietnam workers hope for raise in allowance as prices surge

Myanmar:

* Chinese FM in Myanmar hails Lancang-Mekong cooperation on fight against Covid-19, connectivity and livelihood

* Myanmar hosts first regional meeting since army takeover

* Myanmar refuses to allow Sokhonn to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

* China FM: Lancang-Mekong cooperation will benefit residents

A woman wades through a water logged street during heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - APA woman wades through a water logged street during heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia's central bank launches KHQR code payment service; govt to promote wider use of mobile retail payments

* Cambodia launches “My Second Home” programme to encourage foreign investment

* Three new Covid cases in Cambodia

* E-commerce market sees rapid growth during pandemic

Laos:

* Laos and Cuba pledge to strengthen longstanding relationship

* Laos police arrest 10 in Vientiane robbery and kidnap case

* Dengue fever infections on the rise in Laos

Brunei:

* Re-infected patients considered new cases, says Brunei's health minister; 1,691 new cases reported

* 51-year-old Brunei man jailed three years, six months for stealing from mosques

* Change is crucial for progress: Brunei sultan

A health worker waits to test people for the Covid-19 coronavirus on a street next to a residential area in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - AFPA health worker waits to test people for the Covid-19 coronavirus on a street next to a residential area in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. - AFP

AseanPlus

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* China slams Nasa chief Nelson as race to the moon gets heated

* ‘Twins village’: why are so many sets of twins born in this remote Chinese community? 33 in total

* Hotels set for recovery in Asia-Pacific as borders reopen but China’s decision to remain shut clouds overall picture

* Suspected North Korea dam water release prompts South Koreans to evacuate

* ‘Guerrilla’ sales, crowdsourcing: Japan’s game console crunch

* Hacker claims major Chinese citizens’ data theft

* China says vice premier Liu had 'constructive' talks with US' Yellen

* Hong Kong leader John Lee vows to bring in new measures soon to protect residents at risk from Covid-19

* Asian markets rise on talk Biden to roll back some China tariffs

* China’s Anhui province reports 231 new cases in Covid flareup

* Japan ruling parties set for upper House victory

* BTS rekindle debate about military service in South Korea

* Australia floods worsen as thousands more flee Sydney homes

* Hong Kong's travel challenges mount as flight bans climb to 100

* Mumbai turns to Twitter for help mapping India’s monsoon floods

* HK considers shorter Covid quarantine for travellers: Lee

* 12 bodies found after South China Sea typhoon shipwreck

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