Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (Dec 6, 2022)


Activists hold up posters during a rally against Indonesia's new criminal law in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The country's parliament passed the long-awaited and controversial revision of its penal code Tuesday that criminalizes extramarital sex for citizens and visiting foreigners alike. Writings on the posters read "Reject the revised penal code" and "Revised criminal law shackles press freedom." - AP

Malaysia:

* Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’

* Covid-19: Malaysia detects 1,576 new infections, total cases now at 5,001,908

* Role of Finance Ministry's advisers to be determined after consultation, says PM

* Saifuddin to meet IGP over RM600bil spending issue during Muhyiddin’s administration

* MACC investigating allegations of misappropriation of RM600bil govt funds

* Don't politicise rice import monopoly issue, aim is to help poor farmers, says Anwar

* Anwar: RM7bil approved for flood mitigation initiatives on hold, to be reviewed

* Muhyiddin says Perikatan never received election funding from gaming companies

* Najib fails in appeal to set aside Mareva injunction in SRC suit

* King witnesses historic signing of PETRONAS, ADNOC deal to explore unconventional Abu Dhabi onshore block

* Coalition agreement aims to ensure stable unity govt, says Rafizi

* Muhyiddin denies knowledge of any attempt to topple unity government

This picture shows drops of rain water on a spider web at Pasir Ris mangrove swamp in Singapore. - AFPThis picture shows drops of rain water on a spider web at Pasir Ris mangrove swamp in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* Research programme launched to improve weather prediction in Singapore, broader region, says environment agency

* Singapore man jailed over upskirt videos, including those of another man dressed in women’s clothes

* Singaporeans advised to defer travel to areas affected by Indonesia volcano eruption

* Doctor charged over patient’s death after Botox treatment faces more charges

* Malaysian couple in Forbes Asia’s 2022 heroes of philanthropy list

* Protecting habitats can save 1,000 wildlife species

* Opec+ takes no action as oil uncertainties abound

* Oil prices climb after Russian crude sanctions kick in

* ‘Predator’ gets 31 years’ jail, 24 canings after sex exploits

* Asian shares lower as strong data hit hopes for dovish Fed

Indonesia:

* Explainer-Why is Indonesia's new criminal code so controversial?

* Indonesia maps out a digital rupiah as a ‘tool of the future’

* Indonesia parliament ratifies criminal code that bans sex outside marriage

* Magnitude 6.2 quake rattles Indonesia's Bali, Java islands - geophysics agency

* Indonesia Bill barring extramarital sex to see renewed debate

* Indonesian parliament passes legislation to outlaw extra-marital sex

* Indonesian Govt set to pass new criminal code

* Indonesia’s new capital city plan falling apart

The daughter of Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Paetongtarn Shinawatra cheers with supporters during a Pheu Thai party general assembly meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Shinawatra promised a new era of social equality Tuesday, saying if her party is elected to power in next year's election it will bring an end to poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. - APThe daughter of Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Paetongtarn Shinawatra cheers with supporters during a Pheu Thai party general assembly meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Shinawatra promised a new era of social equality Tuesday, saying if her party is elected to power in next year's election it will bring an end to poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. - AP

Thailand:

* Thai PM Prayut indicates 2023 election run; polls expected to be in May

* Thaksin-linked party vows higher wages with Thai polls looming

* Thailand strengthen actions against fine dust pollution

* Seven injured in Songkhla blast while salvaging train derailed by earlier bombing

* Medical tourism in Thailand rebounds with travel revival

* Mental state weighing down varsity students, shows study

Philippines:

* Philippines logs 883 new Covid-19 cases and 20 more deaths on Tuesday (Dec 6)

* Philippine's proposed US$4.9 billion sovereign wealth fund spark fears; critics say it could end up like Malaysia's 1MDB

* Emerging markets - Philippines inflation soars as Asian forex decline on dollar strength

* Philippines' food giant Jollibee in talks to sell a stake in Vietnam's Highlands Coffee, say sources

* Philippines and Laos to boost agricultural trade, people-to-people exchange

* Philippine inflation leaps to 14-year high in November

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during a meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea. Phuc arrived on Sunday (Dec 5) for a three-day visit to discuss economic ties and boost bilateral cooperation with Yoon. - Yonhap via APVietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during a meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea. Phuc arrived on Sunday (Dec 5) for a three-day visit to discuss economic ties and boost bilateral cooperation with Yoon. - Yonhap via AP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 362 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Tuesday (Dec 6)

* Vietnam wishes to promote ties with New Zealand in all fields, through all channels, says party leader

* South Korea giants Samsung and LG plan multi-billion-dollar additional investment in Vietnam

* Vietnamese central bank raises credit growth cap for local banks

* Vietnam pledges favourable conditions for South Korean investors

Myanmar:

* Myanmar families plea for help after seven students sentenced to death

* Myanmar earns over US$2.2 billion from agriculture exports in nearly eight months

* Myanmar exports over one million tonnes of beans, pulses in nearly eight months

A resident lights traditional lanterns locally known as parol, made from bamboos and covered with coloured plastic sheets for sale at a village in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on December 5, 2022, ahead of the Christmas celebrations. - AFPA resident lights traditional lanterns locally known as parol, made from bamboos and covered with coloured plastic sheets for sale at a village in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on December 5, 2022, ahead of the Christmas celebrations. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian Foreign Minister hails women's significant role in maintaining peace, security

* ADB lends Cambodia US$50 million to help boost post-pandemic economic recovery

* Cambodia looks to Japan, US investors to power agriculture export drive

Laos:

* Laos to outline measures for resolving financial, economic problems

* Laos to become fourth country in the world in potassium exports

Brunei:

* Brunei records daily average of 503 Covid-19 cases in past week

* Ex-cop loses appeal for lighter sentence in missing bail money case

Japan's players stand disappointed  after the penalty shootout which they lost 3-1 after the full match was played to 1-1 draw during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Japan and Croatia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha. - AFPJapan's players stand disappointed after the penalty shootout which they lost 3-1 after the full match was played to 1-1 draw during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Japan and Croatia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Australian MPs land in Taiwan, defying Beijing warning

* Malaysia to temporarily import chicken eggs to address shortage

* Mercedes opens its first EV-only dealership in the world in Japan

* Asian markets swing as Fed worries offset China Covid easing

* Nanjing students protest against campus lockdown as China eases Covid-19 curbs

* Thousands protest corruption, inflation in Mongolia

* Japanese shares end higher as chip stocks, exporters gain

* China will come to standstill for late leader Jiang's memorial

* North Korea fires 130 artillery rounds into buffer zone

* Protesters near White House demand ‘Free China!’

* Australia central bank raises rates to 10-yr high, says more needed

* Australia records first current account deficit in three years

* Australia delays energy price talks after PM contracts Covid

* Fuel runs short at South Korean petrol stations as union plans general strike alongside truckers

* North Korea fires more artillery shells into sea in response to South Korea drills - KCNA

* Becoming the next China won’t blunt India’s 2023 slowdown

* Soccer-Australia players back coach Arnold to continue after best World Cup

* ECB needs more rate hikes but inflation close to peak, chief economist says

* China's ruling party lauds late leader Jiang Zemin

* Ex-Chinese leader Hu in first public appearance since dramatic Congress exit

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