Asean news headlines as at 9pm on March 27

Ethnic Rohingya women and children rest inside a mosque that is turned into a temporary shelter after they landed in Kuala Matang Peulawi, Aceh province, Indonesia, on March 27, 2023. More than 180 Rohingya Muslims arrived weak and hungry in the early morning in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh, an official said on Monday. - AP


* Zahid gets passports back permanently to travel overseas

* PM’s visit to Saudi Arabia a boost for ties, trade and Islam, says academic

* Wrong to claim Anwar not given proper acknowledgement during Saudi trip, say analysts

* Govt to announce major investment this week: Anwar

* Unscrupulous law enforcement officers targeting foreigners, says MACC

* Prove I abused my position as PM, Dr Mahathir tells Anwar

* Ringgit ends higher against US dollar in muted trading

* Guan Eng files defamation suit against Muhyiddin

* Support Bill to criminalise live-streaming sex involving children, Azalina urges MPs

* Appeals Court rules courts empowered to order DNA tests to ascertain child's paternity

* MRT Kajang line disrupted due to train breakdown

* Bill to abolish mandatory death penalty to be tabled in Parliament on March 27, says Azalina


* Singapore PM starts week-long China visit

* Elderly woman found dead in Holland Drive flat after neighbour notices foul smell

* Singapore man allegedly misappropriated about S$470k customers paid to firm for Umrah

* Two men and 35 women held for suspected vice-related activities

* 23 men in S’pore arrested in raids targeting online child abuse material

* Singapore senior charged with carrying offensive weapon in public


* Thai election to be a close race between parties, surveys show

* Thai cop offers free massages at police station to relieve stress of visitors

* Move Forward party sticks to polls campaign bid to amend law on insulting monarchy

* Chiang Rai locals protest as PM2.5 soars to 11 times Thailand’s safe level

* Saudi tourism to Thailand takes off on the back of diplomatic normalisation

* Free meatballs to celebrate K-pop star Lisa's birthday

* Thailand plans massive Songkran celebrations as tourism continues to surge

* Andaman Sea to close on April 1 for three months of spawning season


* Fifa U-20 World Cup draw cancelled in Indonesia, as controversy grows over Israel participation

* Firecracker blast kills one, injures two in Central Java

* More than 180 Rohingya Muslims arrive by boat in Indonesia's Aceh

* Indonesia's Pertamina says two crew killed after fire on tanker


* Recovery still in the cards for Philippines in 2023: McKinsey

* Fuel prices in Philippines rolled back by up to P1.90 per litre

* Marcos vows to build more roads, bridges to spur interconnectivity

* Three Chinese, a Vietnamese held for allegedly kidnapping, killing businessman

* Infomina bags RM23.9mil purchase order from Philippines National Bank


* Vietnam's seafood exports decline on sluggish demand, higher input costs

* Vietnam sends ship to track Chinese vessel patrolling Russian gas field in EEZ, data shows

* Vietnam's VPBank completes US$1.5bil stake sale to Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui

* Vietnam's retail market proves attractive for foreign investors


* PM Anwar arrives in Phnom Pehn, official visit to strengthen ties

* Anwar thanks Cambodian PM for help in bringing back Malaysian job scam victims

* Hun Sen plans to grant benefit cards to dolphin zone villagers

* Cambodia, Philippines discuss competition law


* China, Laos sign MoU to build potash fertiliser industrial park

* Air quality falls to toxic levels throughout Laos


* Myanmar junta chief vows continued crackdown, then elections

* Eleven injured as pirate ship ride collapses at Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival

* Myanmar junta leader urges foreign powers to back its return to democracy

* Britain targets suppliers to Myanmar junta in new sanctions


* Man who stole from mosque donation box shows no remorse

* Ministry to review Brunei's public transportation plan to meet current needs


* China detains employee of Japanese drugmaker Astellas Pharma

* Alibaba founder Jack Ma returns to China, ending year-long sojourn abroad

* S. Korea officials seek arrest of Do Kwon’s ex-Terraform Labs colleague Daniel Shin

* China says US firm Mintz Group under investigation for 'illegal operations'

* Japan PM Kishida calls on army to prevent harassment

* Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou arrives in China pledging peace

* Threat of US ban surges after TikTok lambasted in Congress

* Japan lawmakers eye ban on TikTok, others if used improperly

* Asian FX tumbles after turmoil in global banking system returns

* Qantas resumes flights from Melbourne to Tokyo

* Saudi Aramco plans US$10bil China oil refinery complex for 2026

* Asian markets mixed as banking fears persist

* China's industrial profits slump in Jan-Feb as Covid pain lingers

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Asean , news headlines , March 27


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