Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Wednesday (May 31)

Indonesian anti riot police put out the fire during a drill on security for next year's elections where the campaigns will take from place Nov 23, 2023 to Feb 10, 2024, in Malang, East Java on May 31, 2023. - AFP


* Jho Low under house arrest in Shanghai, claims 'Billion Dollar Whale' author

* PM Anwar vows to end water woes, infrastructure problems in Sabah

* Process for companies to hire professional expats to be shortened to 20 days, says Rafizi

* Rafizi downplays survey showing unhappiness with govt's anti-inflation measures

* Malaysia seizes Pakistan Airlines jet for unpaid dues, leaving passengers stranded

* Anwar gets rousing welcome at Kaamatan celebrations

* Jho Low's alleged associate Kee died due to stroke, say his lawyers

* July 11 hearing of Muhyiddin's application to quash power abuse charges

* Any change in water tariffs will only be implemented in 2024, says Nik Nazmi

* Tasik Kenyir is now a national geopark

* PLUS SmartLane Initiative on Elite to start on June 1

* Unity govt's invitation to PAS a 'fairy tale', says Nga

* China embassy in KL marks 49th anniversary of bilateral relations with official TikTok account

* Nurul Izzah denies rumour of contesting in Penang polls


* Hindu priest jailed for pawning temple jewellery and receiving S$2.3mil

* S'pore officials, businessmen visit new Indonesian capital to explore opportunities

* 14 years jail for man linked to largest fraud of Singapore govt funds

* Georgette Chen breaks auction record for pioneer S'pore artist with S$2.47mil durian painting

* Migrant worker wins S$18,888 in Squid Game-inspired company event

* Jail for man in S’pore who let his bank account be used to receive scam money

* Six hospitalised after gastroenteritis outbreak at three MindChamps pre-schools

* Probation for SG teen after his speeding personal mobility device hit jogger, causing fractures and kidney injury


* Thai raises key policy rate by 25bps to 2.00%

* Chinese couple nabbed in Bangkok behind US$288mil hybrid scam: Police

* Thai home buyer shot and killed by ex-owner who refused to move out

* World Bank offers new Thai govt tips on closing income gap

* Part of tycoon’s Pattaya beachfront mansion to be demolished

* Move Forward outlines it plans to tackle urgent issues


* Graft: Former Indonesian Supreme Court judge jailed eight years

* China to join Indonesia's multilateral naval drills despite rising tension

* Jokowi's admission of meddling in presidential polls divides public


* Radio broadcaster killed in central Philippines: police

* 'We want to be free': Filipinos demand right to divorce

* Marcos: Talks on pension system for uniformed personnel ongoing

* Philippine Senate approves first-ever sovereign investment fund

* Typhoon Mawar losing strength as it heads toward Japan's Okinawa Islands


* Luxury brands looking to expand market to Vietnam

* HCM City wants to turn Can Gio into new-style rural area

* Vietnam's domestic consumption continues to show resilience amid economic slowdown


* Camera captures endangered serow in Cambodia

* Econpile wins RM44mil contract in Cambodia

* Cambodia’s exports to India skyrocket 64% as king visits

* Cambodia arrests Vietnamese man for allegedly trafficking over 5kg drugs: police


* Myanmar extends Covid-19 restrictions until end of June

* Myanmar-China trade fair boosts business for local firms


* Over 1.1 million tourists visit Laos in four months

* Vietnam and Laos promote technology transfer


* Massive haul of contraband made in Brunei

* Smuggled cigarettes hoarder fined over US$52,000


* North Korea spy satellite crashes into sea

* Evacuation alerts, sirens cause panic in Seoul after N. Korea launch

* China leads world in preparing for extreme weather threats to power supplies

* Japan passes law to allow nuclear plants to operate beyond 60 years

* Typhoon Mawar losing strength as it heads toward Japan's Okinawa Islands

* ‘Mum doesn’t want to let go’: Hong Kong man, 30, must tell mother his whereabouts when with friends and prove with video call

* China's Baidu launches $145 million venture capital AI fund

* Japan PM orders $26 billion to be set aside for childcare, tad more than expected

* ‘Light as a quilt’: Crash diet kills Chinese girl, who slimmed to 25kg for love, sparking fury over toxic beauty standards

* Xi replies to letter from Bangladeshi child named after China

* Richie Jen’s fan thanks singer for saving her life 22 years ago

* Toyota says some customers in Asia, Oceania face risk of data leak

* China's factory activity falls faster than expected as recovery stumbles

* Markets tumble as hardline Republicans threaten US debt deal

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Asean , news headlines , May 31


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