Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Nov 26, 2022)


A woman walks past a badly damaged house after Monday's earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. - via Reuters

Malaysia:

* Uncharted territory for Anwar

* Covid-19 Watch: 3,024 new cases, nationwide ICU bed usage at 64pc

* GRS didn't demand DPM post, says Hajiji

* Malaysia inflation down but the layman still feels the pinch

* Hiring of foreign workers allowed in land warehousing sub-sector, says HR Ministry

* Navy requests second series of HOM to strengthen security off Sabah, Sarawak waters

* Barisan's move to team with Pakatan is strategic, Salleh

* Dr Wee refutes claims he attended a discussion with Umno and PAS leaders

* Pahang Pakatan officially agrees to back BN to form state govt

* Anti-hopping law held back in Sabah amid fluid political landscape

* PAS will be the Opposition, party firm with 'No Anwar, No DAP' stance

* I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders

German fans from Singapore pose at the Flag Plaza in Doha during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. - AFPGerman fans from Singapore pose at the Flag Plaza in Doha during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore reports 1,290 new Covid-19 cases and no new deaths on Saturday (Nov 26)

* Malaysian man charged with intentionally causing harassment to PM Lee by threatening to burn tech firm Seagate

* Singapore deputy PM Lawrence Wong gets key party role as succession advances

* Singapore's Wong cements prospect of becoming PM with party post

* Passengers on diverted SIA flight to fly home today

* Jail for man in S’pore who threatened to upload video of woman he tricked into performing sex act

* Oil prices fall 2% as Chinese demand worries linger

Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (second left) and his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu (third left) inspect the honorary guard in Jakarta. - AFPIndonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (second left) and his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu (third left) inspect the honorary guard in Jakarta. - AFP

Indonesia:

* Indonesia’s six-month plan for investment opportunities for transition to renewable energy

* Experts in Indonesia say that Cianjur quake points to fact that urgent improvement needed in disaster mitigation flaws

* Indonesia earthquake toll reaches 310 as more bodies found

* French defence minister praises 'strategic intimacy' with Indonesia

* Girl, seven, found dead after rescue effort in Indonesia

* Indonesia: Praying outdoors after quake destroys town

Thailand:

* Still no late nights out in Thailand ... Proposal to let nightspots remain open till 4am rejected

* Thai Airways names new CEO amid restructuring plan

* Thailand’s largest cryptocurrency exchange aims to list in HK when everything ‘goes back to normal’ as FTX collapse shakes industry

* Thailand: Step up service, airport told

* Broadband extended to villages for free in digital economy bid

A cannabis supporter holds a piece of cannabis during a demonstration outside the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes earlier this year, but lax regulations allowed the growth of a recreational marijuana industry, and the demonstrators don't want the rules against it to be strengthened again. - APA cannabis supporter holds a piece of cannabis during a demonstration outside the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes earlier this year, but lax regulations allowed the growth of a recreational marijuana industry, and the demonstrators don't want the rules against it to be strengthened again. - AP

Philippines:

* Philippines logs 1,874 new Covid-19 cases and 23 more deaths on Saturday (Nov 26)

* UK pork producer flies in Filipino butchers to replace lost EU workers

* Philippine prisons chief denies digging escape tunnel for inmates

* Vietnam and Philippines eye US$10bil in trade by 2026

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports only 427 new Covid-19 cases and no new deaths on Saturday (Nov 26)

* Vietnam and Laos eye at least US$2 billion in two-way trade

* Vietnam’s VinFast EVs heading to US

* Vietnam's central bank keeps credit growth and defying expectations

Le Thi Thu Thuy, global chief executive officer of VinFast, poses for photos during the loading of VinFast LLC's VF8 electric vehicles for shipment for export at a port in Haiphong, Vietnam. VinFast, which said in July that it had signed agreements with banks to raise at least US$4 billion to help its US expansion, has about 73,000 global reservations for its EVs, according to the company. It has secured about US$1.2 billion in incentives for its planned EV factory in North Carolina, where it intends to start production in 2024, according to the auto manufacturer.  - BloombergLe Thi Thu Thuy, global chief executive officer of VinFast, poses for photos during the loading of VinFast LLC's VF8 electric vehicles for shipment for export at a port in Haiphong, Vietnam. VinFast, which said in July that it had signed agreements with banks to raise at least US$4 billion to help its US expansion, has about 73,000 global reservations for its EVs, according to the company. It has secured about US$1.2 billion in incentives for its planned EV factory in North Carolina, where it intends to start production in 2024, according to the auto manufacturer.  - Bloomberg

Myanmar:

* Johor cops bust house break-in gang, four Rohingya nabbed

* Myanmar reports a mere 19 new Covid-19 cases

Cambodia:

* Cambodian Tourism Ministry warns against unlicensed tourism businesses

* Cambodia-South Korea free trade agreement goes into effect Dec 1, 2022

Laos:

* In Laos, smoking kills more people than road accidents

* Laos and Cambodia vow to further enhance bilateral ties and cooperation

Brunei:

* Dog owners urged to obtain licenses for their pets in Brunei

* Brunei Covid-19 caseloads rises for eight consecutive weeks

Fans arriving outside the stadium before the World Cup Group Dmatch between France v Denmark at the Stadium 974, in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, November 26, 2022, - ReutersFans arriving outside the stadium before the World Cup Group Dmatch between France v Denmark at the Stadium 974, in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, November 26, 2022, - Reuters

AseanPlus:

* Deadly Xinjiang fire stirs anger at China's zero-Covid policy

* China reports third consecutive daily record for new Covid-19 cases

* Taiwan votes in local elections amid tensions with China

* Why do black holes spew particles into space? Scientists say shock waves may explain mystery

* China’s food delivery giant Meituan set to display business resilience in third quarter despite divestment by Tencent

* Nuke-powered moon base to be built in six years

* S. Korean capital launches self-driving bus experiment

* Chinese premier Li Keqiang congratulates Anwar on his appointment as PM

* EU set to renew sanctions on Chinese officials accused of human rights violations in Xinjiang

* Six ex-Apple Daily staff plead guilty to conspiracy to collude with foreign forces in seeking sanctions on Hong Kong, Beijing officials

* As South Korea aims to surpass China in military exports, will sales competition with US rise?

* Police interview members of Hong Kong Rugby Union over national anthem blunders at overseas sports events

* Covid-19 cases spike across country in China

* Taiwan's largest airline company will bring in bigger aircraft to meet demand

* Chinese migrant workers stranded in Guangzhou’s Covid-19 homeless crisis

* China’s yuan-centred payment network no match yet for US-dominated global financial system, say experts

* Hong Kong’s restaurant ranks expand faster than before Covid-19, as eateries prove more resilient than retail

* Shanghai Disneyland to reopen after 25-day hiatus, despite rising Covid-19 cases and controls in the city

* Average waiting time for public rental flat in Hong Kong drops to 5.6 years as housing chief says future homes could be bigger

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