Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Tuesday (March 28)

Firefighters battle flames after a fire broke out at a residential area in Manila on March 28, 2023. - AFP


* Parliament passes Budget 2023 with voice vote

* Anwar agrees on need for independent body to study complaints against enforcement agencies

* National energy transition roadmap to be launched by June 30 - Rafizi

* Najib’s suit against Thomas had 'no chance of success', says High Court

* PM: Nearly 125,000 hardcore poor households identified under e-Kasih database

* Dr M sends letter of demand to Anwar, wants apology for PKR congress remarks

* Anwar to set foot on Chinese soil for first time as PM

* Group threatens ‘strike’, mass resignations of contract doctors if demands not met by Health Ministry

* Govt to return RM2.1mil allegedly linked to 1MDB to two political parties, family

* Senior citizen dies after eating pufferfish

* Five more highways to implement open toll payment system

* I will continue to be involved in politics as my services still needed, says Dr M

* Govt leaders also probed for corruption, says PM

* Salesman jailed two years, fined RM50,000 for starving cats to death

* Separating powers of AG and Public Prosecutor needs careful study, says Anwar

* Perikatan MP files emergency motion to have PM's Saudi trip discussed in Parliament

udi d* Saiplomatic notes on PM's trip included meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince, says Zambry

* Decision to stop issuing PLKS in three sub-sectors due to economic reasons

* Return of flights from China to Senai airport to boost tourism industry recovery

* RTS Link, Double-Tracking Project still priority projects, says Johor MB


* Kamal Adli's attacker remanded another week for psychiatric evaluation

* Singapore firm and UK partners build cheaper, greener satellite engine that runs on water

* Two years’ jail for man in SG who downloaded over 13,600 child abuse images, some involving babies

* Five planets to light the sky in astronomical alignment on Tuesday

* TransitLink, EZ-Link to merge to allow one-stop access to bus, MRT fare payment services

* Five arrested after woman found with injuries in Bugis hotel; two weapons found


* Police arrest three Mongolians after Bangkok airport CCTV reveals clues to disappearing wallets

* Four Thai nationals nabbed by MMEA for fishing in unauthorised areas

* Choked by yellow smog, Chiang Rai locals demand Asean action on Myanmar fires

* Thai durian makes another Chinese conquest with THB500mil export deal

* Over 100 homes damaged by tropical storms in Isaan region


* Indonesia tax office eyes exit from Finance Ministry amid probe

* One teenager dead, two injured in vigilante beating in North Sumatra

* Indonesia's Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, belches huge ash tower

* Surakarta ready to host U-20 World Cup draw: Mayor Gibran

* Indonesia’s apple-growing heartland feels the heat of global warming


* 'We won't work with ICC', says Marcos after bid to defer ‘drug war’ probe fails

* Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai to be taught at Harvard

* Japan, US, Philippines to launch security talks amid tensions over Taiwan

* Philippines eyes military pension fix to avert ‘fiscal collapse’


* Vietnam to raise cap domestic airfares

* Vietnam's cabinet approves three-month e-visas for foreign tourists

* Vietnam Airlines resumes Narita-Danang air route


* SEA Games torch passes through Philippines’ leg of relay journey

* Three alleged drug traffickers held in Cambodia, over 26kg of narcotics

* Cambodia Airways launches Phnom Penh-Beijing direct flight


* Alarm spreads over out of control forest fires in Laos

* Laos-China Railway to start cross-border passenger service on April 13


* Two electricity towers blown up in Thaton township

* One killed, 19 injured in Myanmar mine blast


* Seria businesses found with unregistered weighing machine, overpricing

* Covid-19 cases up in Brunei last week


* China ramping up bailout loans to 'Belt and Road' countries: report

* Chinese FM discusses stability in region with Asean sec-gen

* Konnyaku ‘diet-friendly superfood’ craze in Japan sees theme park, more exports

* N. Korea's Kim calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'

* Asian shares up as bank crisis fears ease

* UN urges North Korea to confirm fate of forcibly disappeared people

* US spy agency cyber chief warns TikTok is China’s ‘Trojan horse’

* Robotaxis ready for hire in Beijing

* Hong Kong to improve itineraries of mainland tour groups

* China arrests four over major anime piracy site, says lobby group

* New fabric by Japanese sports goods maker could end camera voyeurism targeting athletes

* ‘Don’t blame women’: Japan birth drive sparks online debate

* Japanese university grad stands out at convocation in Zelensky outfit

* Family of girl in Japan who committed suicide after bullying by classmates awarded US$2.5k

* ‘Once in a lifetime find’: Man finds rock containing 2.6kg of gold in Australia valued at US$160k

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Asean , news headlines , March 28


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