Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Aug 15, 2022)


A tourist holds a Vietnamese flag as people watching the sunrise from the summit of Mount Fuji early on (Monday) August 15, 2022, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of the capital Tokyo. - AFP

Malaysia:

* New Covid-19 cases down 6.6pc last week

* Malaysia telcos agree to stakes in 5G vehicle as foreign players 'knock on our door'

* Malaysia's semiconductor industry to benefit from Chips and Science Act

* Malaysia to achieve GDP growth of 5.3% to 6.3% this year

* Malaysia Airlines signs provisional deal for 20 Airbus A330neos

* MOH wants public health allocation to be raised to 5pc of GDP

* Najib's final SRC appeal: Defence bid to admit fresh evidence 'flawed and self-serving', says prosecution

* Health White Paper timely to ensure resilience of national health system, says PM

* Najib's final SRC appeal: Real danger concerning presiding judge's impartiality, says defence

* Ex-BNS official to be charged with CBT on Aug 16 over LCS project

* Dutch court to announce ruling in MH17 murder trial on Nov 17

* Ringgit under pressure as oil retreats and China cuts interest rates

Singapore:

* Singapore home sales jump to second-highest level this year

* Study: Two in five workers in Singapore would not accept a job if they cannot work from home

* Singapore retail staff set to get 8.4-8.5% annual pay increases over next three years

* I don't love my dad any less: Son of S'porean who murdered wife in UK

* Apps turning restaurant leftovers into cheap meals take off in Asia

* Singapore armed forces joins multilateral exercise involving 13 countries for the first time

* Panadol and Decolgen in short supply due to home treatment in Singapore

* Oil sheds more than $1 as China data disappoints

* Asian shares mixed after China cuts key rate, Japan GDP up

A resident looks as a worker in protective gear uses misting machines during an anti-dengue drive in San Juan city, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Government workers cleaned waterways and used misting machines outside homes to prevent the spread of dengue in the city. - APA resident looks as a worker in protective gear uses misting machines during an anti-dengue drive in San Juan city, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Government workers cleaned waterways and used misting machines outside homes to prevent the spread of dengue in the city. - AP

Indonesia

* Citayam Fashion Week is not a real fashion week, but the hype is real

* Emerging markets: South-East Asian currencies weaken - rupiah, baht and peso among top losers as China data clouds outlook

* Indonesia's popular brands make it big overseas

* Prabowo declares 2024 presidential bid with PKB backing

* Govt promises to fix Indonesian passport woes

Thailand:

* Thailand: Half-naked joggers in Pattaya spark ire on social media

* Thai GDP notches fastest growth in a year on eased Covid curbs

* Long Covid symptoms will ease over time: Thai virologist

* Thailand records 1,663 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 30 deaths

Philippines:

* Body of Philippine teen exhumed in fresh push for drug war justice

* Covid-19 pandemic pushed millions more into poverty in the Philippines, says govt

* Philippines in talks to buy US helicopters after dropping Russia deal

Tourists take a city tour on a cyclo in Hanoi on Monday, August 15, 2022. - AFPTourists take a city tour on a cyclo in Hanoi on Monday, August 15, 2022. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Big sales expected as Vietnam Airlines opens ticket sales early for next year's Tet holidays

* Vietnam to increase coal imports in 2025-35: Ministry

* UK cops identify Vietnamese as one of mill fire victims

Myanmar:

* Myanmar court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption - source

* Myanmar reports 32 Covid-19 cases with Omicron sub-variants in August

* UN rights chief to visit Rohingya camps

* Junta restricts political parties from meeting foreigners

Cambodia:

* Cambodia begins talks over 2023 wage hike for garment, footwear, travel goods sector

* Crab banks: A five-tonne daily withdrawal to satisfy Cambodia

Laos:

* Widespread floods affect thousands of people in northern Laos

* Thousands affected by floods in northern Laos

Brunei:

* Brunei records 545 Covid-19 recoveries, says health ministry

* Brunei fares well in Muslim travel index

People in Beijing going for their Covid-19 test on Monday (Aug 15, 2022). - BernamaPeople in Beijing going for their Covid-19 test on Monday (Aug 15, 2022). - Bernama

AseanPlus

* European politicians vow to press on with Taiwan visits, but Brussels tries to stay out of row

* Chinese space telescope team hopes to join race to find Earth-like planets – and maybe signs of life

* Elon Musk is telling China’s censors about his vision for the future

* HK’s Cathay Pacific Airways posts loss of nearly HK$5 billion for first half of 2022, 33.9% down from figure in same period last year

* New ambulance cleaning methods to be used in wake of increase in Hong Kong coronavirus cases

* China trade: US’ Xinjiang ban looms large even as textile, garment exports surge to record US$33 billion in July

* Alibaba, ByteDance share details of prized algorithms with Beijing for first time

* Angry China stages more drills near Taiwan as US lawmakers visit

* Panic in Ikea as Shanghai locks down store on remote Covid risk

* Asian markets mostly rise, China data shows slowdown

* China's factory output, retail sales up in July but weaker than expected

* South Korea offering large-scale aid package for North's nukes

* Putin says Russia and N. Korea will expand bilateral relations: KCNA

* Japan's GDP expands in Q2 after Covid curbs lifted

* S.Korea urges improved ties with Japan on freedom anniversary

* North Korea criticises UN chief over call

* Ex-Covid patients under shadow of stigma in China

* Beijing’s pet lovers turn to acupuncture for furry friends

* China stocks slip on slowdown fears despite surprise rate cuts

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