Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Aug 1, 2022)


People fly their kites during the Kite Festival at Mertasari beach in Sanur on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Covid-19: Daily cases dip below 3,000 mark for first time since July 24

* Kuala Lumpur cops stage city-wide drug sweep, bust lab and arrest over 200

* Dewan Rakyat observes moment of silence for Khalid Ibrahim

* Single mum Loh can challenge ex-husband over kids' conversion to Islam, High Court rules

* Nurse charged with murdering her eight-month-old baby

* Erry Hidayat lifts silver as M'sia's weightlifters continue smashing run at Commonwealth Games

* UPSR, PT3 abolition to allow students to explore STEM more naturally, says Radzi

* Sales tax to be imposed on imported products bought online with passing of Bill

* Measures to stabilise chicken supply pay off, oversupply helps keep prices down, says Kiandee

* Bank Negara's international reserves still sufficient to sustain economy, Dewan Rakyat told

* Transport Ministry welcomes Japan's tech company development in Malaysia

* Ceiling price for 5kg bottles of palm cooking oil from Aug 8, says Annuar Musa

Commonwealth Games - Table Tennis - Women's Team - Medal Ceremony - The NEC Hall 3, Birmingham, Britain - Monday, August 1, 2022Gold medallists Singapore's Jian Zeng, Jingyi Zhou, Tianwei Feng and Xin Ru Wong celebrate on the podium. - ReutersCommonwealth Games - Table Tennis - Women's Team - Medal Ceremony - The NEC Hall 3, Birmingham, Britain - Monday, August 1, 2022Gold medallists Singapore's Jian Zeng, Jingyi Zhou, Tianwei Feng and Xin Ru Wong celebrate on the podium. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Singapore eyes at least US$1.1 billion from debut green bond

* Most workers in Singapore want a four-day week, survey finds

* Singapore signals male-sex ban review won’t allow gay marriages

* Inflation in Singapore is hitting households harder, DBS Says

* Pelosi's Asia tour set to kick off under Taiwan cloud; itinerary includes Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan

* The growing risks of greenwashing in Singapore

* Singapore's Changi on road to recovery

* Oil drops as weak China factory data fan demand concerns

* Asia posts biggest 6-month drop in FX reserves since 2015-16

* Grab says passengers in Singapore not charged more for rides to saved locations after claim made on TikTok video

Indonesia

* Indonesia and the US begin 'Super Garuda Shield' military exercise on Monday (Aug 1)

* Indonesia launches own metaverse to promote its small businesses

* Indonesia's July inflation 4.94 per cent year-on-year, highest since 2015 and mainly due to soaring food prices

* Indonesian tourism workers strike over RM1,121 Komodo Island entry fee

* Contraband McMuffins cost traveller from Indonesia to Australia a RM8,900 fine

Thailand's venerable monk Arayawangso (centre) arrives to visit the centuries-old Buddhist Stupa on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday,  August 1, 2022. - AFPThailand's venerable monk Arayawangso (centre) arrives to visit the centuries-old Buddhist Stupa on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, August 1, 2022. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thailand acts tough as deputy PM Prawit orders crackdown on online gambling websites

* Joint venture: Cannabis cafes open new front in Thai tourism revival

* 40-year-old smallpox vaccines can still fight monkeypox, says Thailand's health ministry

* New hotel can ‘fly you through space’ in Thailand

Philippines:

* Philippines people fondly remebers Fidel Ramos, the man who helped end Marcos dictatorship; dead at age of 94

* Marcos rules out Philippines rejoining ICC ahead of plan to resume probe

* Asia factory activity tumbles on supply and weaker demand

* Man tests positive for monkeypox in S’pore

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,377 new Covid-19 cases and no new deaths on Monday (Aug 1)

* Insignia Ventures raises $516 million, bets on Southeast Asian tech firms

* Vietnam's tuna exports predicted to surge ahead amid high global inflation

* New freight train service links eastern Chinese city and Vietnam - marks new trade route between two countries

A woman plays with her pet dog by a lake in Hanoi on Monday, August 1, 2022.  - AFPA woman plays with her pet dog by a lake in Hanoi on Monday, August 1, 2022. - AFP

Myanmar:

* Myanmar junta extends emergency rule, cites need for stability

* No Myanmar representation at Asean-led meeting, chair says

* Japan govt spokesman confirms Japanese man detained in Myanmar

* Hope for coffee farmers in Myanmar with help from China

Cambodia:

* Cambodia govt says that ice cream and noodles from Vietnam, Thailand and France flagged over carcinogen; poses cancer risk to consumers

* Over 80 per cent of Cambodia's rural population have access to clean water and sanitation, says govt

* Cambodia's garment, footwear, travel goods exports up 40 per cent in H1 of 2022

* Continued caution urged as virus cases go up

Laos:

* Thai police return fugitive Lao fraud suspects; 30-year-old woman and her husband involved in multi-million dollar scam

* Job creation the key for Laos to improve its economic status, says World Bank

Brunei:

* Starry, starry nights in Brunei's rural town of Belait

Japan's Rikka Mitsuyama competes, during her Round 4 game against the Chinese Taipei team at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022, in Mahabalipuram on Monday, August 1, 2022. - AFPJapan's Rikka Mitsuyama competes, during her Round 4 game against the Chinese Taipei team at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022, in Mahabalipuram on Monday, August 1, 2022. - AFP

AseanPlus

* Sri Lanka President says not right time for Rajapaksa to return after fleeing country

* Indian children without Aadhaar digital ID shut out of school

* Asian markets mixed as traders weigh rates outlook, China data

* China warns its military will 'not sit idly by' if Pelosi visits Taiwan

* Hong Kong Observatory marks 22 hot nights in July, most since records began in 1884

* Most HK private hospitals not equipped to treat Covid-19 patients, will offer beds to public sector for use to ease healthcare crunch

* More than 100 customers show up at Hong Kong’s Happy Cake Shop to bid farewell to popular bakery ahead of closure

* Alibaba, Meituan are top picks at Daiwa in sector upgrade as internet stocks to benefit most from China stimulus

* In Britain, talk of Boris Johnson’s return to No 10 before he’s even left

* China’s Politburo to ensure delivery of unfinished homes to prevent mortgage-boycott crisis from escalating

* Macau to reopen after Covid-19 outbreak with gaming revenue at record low

* China’s top leadership vows to give ‘green light’ to a batch of tech deals in sign of policy relaxation

* South China Sea law enforcement ship unveiled as Beijing seeks to tighten control over disputed waters

* China's rocket debris fall back to Earth’s Pacific Ocean

* Hot dogs - and cats - get wearable fans to beat Japan's scorching summer

* Metaverse jobs are disappearing as hiring slows at Google, Facebook

* Australia home prices slide, Sydney suffers worse month in 40 years

* Gen Z uses TikTok like Google, upsetting the old Internet order

* Shenzhen accelerates China's driverless car dreams

* Japan’s startup push may take decades to work, entrepreneur says

* Hong Kong's Q2 GDP shrinks 1.4% y/y, recovery seen slow

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