Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Thursday (Dec 8)


A member of a military bomb squad walks in a blast suit after securing a mock explosive device during an anti-terror drill at Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serving, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Dec 8, 2022. - AP

Malaysia

* Freedom of speech guaranteed, but within legal limits, says Fahmi

* Speculation abounds of Sabah Bersatu members transiting into GRS

* Anwar receives courtesy call from Thai DPM

* Expect occasional disruptions on Kelana Jaya LRT line until third quarter of 2023, says Loke

* 1MDB trial: Former banker admits to close working ties with Jho Low

* Court of Appeal dismisses Najib's appeal for discovery of documents on Zeti’s family, Jho Low

* Sabah’s orangutan population at risk if state action plan not implemented, says Minister

* Perikatan to discuss proposal on holding state polls simultaneously, says Tuan Ibrahim

* Health Ministry to re-examine tobacco generational endgame policy

* Social media influencer detained over firearms violation

* Perikatan's big win in Padang Serai shows the people not excited about PH-BN coalition, says Muhyiddin

* MACC urges those with info on alleged misuse of RM600bil govt funds to come forward

* Labourer fined RM23,000 for beating dog

Singapore

* Dyson’s headphones-cum-personal air purifier to hit stores in China from January, S’pore in March

* Fire breaks out in Henderson Road flat; firefighter taken to hospital

* Doctor accused of causing patient’s death after aesthetic treatment faces more charges (Update)

* Young offender on probation stole car and hurt cops who ambushed him

* Singapore increases vehicle registration fee by 59%

* Woman gets 33 months jail for tricking friends into paying over S$196k for luxury goods

* Man allegedly shared Singpass details with scammers in exchange for $1k

* Singapore offers to train Timor-Leste officials for Asean membership

* SG cops: Victims told to use Google forms with ‘Singapore Police Force’ insignia to file reports in new scam

Thailand

* Companies in four sectors to gain from revival of Thai-Saudi ties

* Thai army kills 15 suspected drug smugglers near Myanmar border

* Minimum wage could rise to 800 baht a day if Pheu Thai elected: Thaksin

* THAI resumes Sapporo flights amid increase in travellers to Japan

* Formaldehyde found in food at 10 restaurants after 25 tonnes of meat seized

Indonesia

* Indonesia to allow former politicians to head central bank: sources

* 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia's Java

* Australians angered by release of Bali bomb maker

* Indonesian court clears ex-soldier of all charges in Papua rights abuse trial

* Indonesia’s new criminal code a ‘middle ground’ of diverse society: govt

Philippines

* Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz dominates weightlifting world championships with three golds

* China taking positions to deny Philippines access to key sea areas

* Philippine farms getting empty: Agriculture job loss a worrying trend

Vietnam

* Elderly farmers set up charity health clinic in Can Tho

* Food and beverage trade show returns to HCM City

* Banking on human resources and reform to boost digital technology

Cambodia

* Cambodia, Japan formulate ‘strategic partnership’ plans

* Personalised Cambodia vehicle number plates to go on exhibition

* ADB provides US$73mil to Cambodia for marine fisheries sector

* Cambodia, Japan formulate ‘strategic partnership’ plans

Laos

* Railway transport sees bananas reach China unspoiled

* Thousands of cars imported unlawfully, Lao National Assembly told

Myanmar

* Over 37.55 million people vaccinated for Covid-19 in Myanmar

* More than 150 Rohingya rescued off Thai coast

* Monk militia: The Buddhist clergy backing Myanmar's junta

Brunei

* Brunei records one Covid-19 fatality, two cases in Category 5

* Mosque arsonist gets minor reprieve

Aseanplus

* Tributes pour in for whistleblower doctor after China's zero-Covid U-turn

* China's Xi meets Saudi crown prince on high-stakes visit

* Hong Kongs daily Covid cases top 14,000 mark with 27 deaths

* AI-generated anime selfies propel beauty app to top in Japan

* South Koreans set to become younger as traditional way of counting age scrapped

* Japan lawmakers back law tightening religious donation rules

* Oil rebounds after hitting 2022 lows, demand concerns cap gains

* American fathers cry foul over S. Korea’s ‘inaction’ on overseas child abduction by former spouses

* Asian markets mixed as recession fears dampen China optimism

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