Asean news headlines as at 10pm on Wednesday (March 22)

A general view shows an empty street in Badung on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2023, during Nyepi, the day of silence, when Hindus do not work, travel or take part in any indulgence. - AFP


* Ops Lalang was ordered by the police, not me, says Dr M

* Govt to continue fighting for rights of MH17 victims, says Transport Minister

* Ringgit continues rise against US dollar for third consecutive day

* Ministries to meet on foreign worker freeze that hit three subsectors hard

* Anwar to make three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia

* Shahrizat, Mahdzir and Reezal Merican appointed to Umno supreme council

* Asyraf Wajdi is new Umno sec-gen, Azalina appointed info chief

* Cops seize RM17.9mil worth of drugs found in van

* Kula to govt: Don't torture Indian business operators in three subsectors, lift freeze on foreign workers

* Govt should review dress code guidelines, not leave it in hands of 'little Napoleons', says G25

* UM leads M'sian varsities in QS World University Rankings

* MAHB to pay for rebranding KLIA terminal, not govt, Dewan Rakyat hears

* ‘Thai Hot Guy' event cancelled, say cops

* 'Thai Hot Guy' event not appropriate during Ramadan, says Home Minister

* Health Ministry revokes notification of six cosmetic products found to contain poison

* China has been M'sia's biggest trading partner for 13 years straight, says Dr Wee


* Regional aviation safety centre to be set up in Singapore to raise standards in Asia-Pacific

* 50 residents evacuated as fire breaks out in Yishun flat

* Singapore President Halimah meets Sultan Nazrin

* Three arrested, four taken to hospital after Lucky Plaza fight

* TikTok CEO to promise US Congress no user info sharing with Chinese government

* Shoppers to pay 10 cents more for bottled, canned drinks from April 2025, with refund on returns


* New Thai carrier Really Cool Airlines to announce routes by June

* Thanathorn’s indirect shot at Pheu Thai ‘puzzles’ Thaksin

* Thai economy will earn THB120bil as parties spend big in vote battle

* Police besiege gunman in Thailand who killed at least three (update)

* SUV smashes through car park wall, falls two floors into coffee shop in Thailand

* Smoked bat, bacon and duck: Bangkok airport sniffer dogs kept busy by Chinese luggage

* ‘I could have lost my life’: Thailand bungee mishap sees tourist’s cord snap in mid-air


* Trash trawler launched to clear waters off Bali

* Sumatran tiger dies in sanctuary care in North Sumatra

* Is K-pop Indonesian political parties’ latest tool to entice young voters?

* Fears for orangutans, dolphins as Indonesia presses on with new capital


* Sunken Philippine oil tanker found: officials

* Two Filipino pageant bets bag honours in neighbouring countries

* Philippine exporters seek exemption from 12% tax on purchases

* Marcos says new military bases with US to be 'scattered' around the Philippines

* Philippine’s billionaire Frank Lao buys 35% stake in Malaysian coffee shop Zus


* Ministry takes steps to prevent deadly Marburg virus from entering Vietnam

* Vietnam to develop policies to adapt to global minimum tax

* Ministry proposes extending Vietnam's visa-free stay to 30 days, e-visa to 90 days


* Almost 9,000 tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

* China huge market for Cambodia, other Asean countries: Hun Sen


* Wildlife Conservation Society releases baby Siamese crocs in Lao wetland

* Deal inked to facilitate Lao-Thai-China cross-border rail freight transport


* Myanmar expects to export over 2.1 million tonnes of rice in coming fiscal year

* Rohingya sceptical of Myanmar refugee return overture

* Myanmar's foreign trade up 14.08% in over 11 months

* US to announce more sanctions against Myanmar junta -State Dept official


* Price control on selected food items during Ramadan, first week of Syawal

* Bigger health budget to upgrade BruHealth software


* China boosts South Pacific influence with Solomons port deal

* Kishida’s surprise Kyiv visit bolsters Japan’s image as defender of peaceful rules-based order

* Xi departs Russia after 'new era' summit with Putin

* South Korea, US to hold largest live-fire drills amid North Korea tension

* North Korea fires multiple cruise missiles off its east coast, South Korea says

* Jackie Chan's ex-mistress Elaine Ng says she has no regrets falling for him

* S. Korean prosecution to look into ‘black money’ confession by ex-president’s grandson

* China approves first domestic mRNA vaccine for Covid-19

* Oil slips on surprise US inventory build; Fed rate decision eyed

* Half-Malaysian actress Aimee Kwan stars in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’; recalls Donnie Yen’s kindness on set

* Asia tracks Wall St rally as Fed decision replaces bank worries

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Asean , news headlines , March 22


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