Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (Aug 11, 2023)


An aerial view shows the Jakarta skyline with poor air quality levels on Friday, August 11, 2023. The Indonesia's government has blamed a pollution spike in traffic-clogged capital Jakarta on weather patterns and vehicle emissions after the city topped global rankings four days this week. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Rain forecast for Penang, Negri, Selangor and Kedah on morning of polling day

* State polls: Vote for unity, urges Anwar

* State polls: EC expects voter turnout to exceed 85%

* State polls: Anwar optimistic PH-BN will do well, rejects survey

* State polls: Selangor public holiday on Aug 14 if PH-BN wins, says caretaker MB

* Malaysia will become great nation in Asia if unity govt gets another five years, says PM

* Najib fails in appeal to disqualify lawyers from Messrs Tommy Thomas to represent ex-AG

* ‘Apo ko gila ni?' Tok Mat claps back at allegations of his involvement in LCS scandal

* Govt working on slight salary raise for civil servants, says Anwar

* Building strong strategic partnership with China on Malaysias agenda, says PM

* PAS proposes Kedah and Terengganu MBs retained, change of Kelantan MB, says Takiyuddin if party wins

* Axe-husband: KK man almost loses toe during dinner-date after girlfriend's jealous ex-hubby attacks him

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) talking to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting in Singapore on Friday, August 11, 2023. - AFPSingapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) talking to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting in Singapore on Friday, August 11, 2023. - AFP

Singapore:

* China and Singapore discuss ways to expand and enhance collaboration that benefit region

* It's all about a father's love - Dad who took rap for daughter in traffic accident in Singapore given four months’ jail

* Singapore sets presidential election for September 1

* Three bulk carriers robbed in Singapore Strait; busy waterway now seeing spike in piracy

* Singapore cuts annual growth outlook on weak global demand

* Career opportunities drive 4,000 to take up Singapore citizenship

* Micron to install 36,000 solar panels at Singapore facility

* Asia stocks drop to month low as US CPI fails to enthuse

* Oil holds near highs on upbeat demand growth forecasts

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's gas ambition faces investor test with global giants Shell and Chevron exits

* Indonesia's Aceh orders men and women apart in vehicles and public

* Indonesia's rupiah and Philippines' peso and on track for fourth-straight weekly loss as Asia FX trades lower on steady US inflation print

* Jakarta air pollution hits new dangerous heights; reading now 16 times higher than what is considered safe as Indonesians fear health risks

* Indonesian police arrest nearly 900 human trafficking suspects in major crackdown

* ‘Let me be the last to suffer’ - The Indonesian maids horror stories

Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul watches her approach shot from the first fairway on day 2 of the 2023 Women's British Open Golf Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill, south-west of London on Friday, August 11, 2023. - AFPThailand's Atthaya Thitikul watches her approach shot from the first fairway on day 2 of the 2023 Women's British Open Golf Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill, south-west of London on Friday, August 11, 2023. - AFP

Thailand:

* Opting for an 'Unity Govt' in Thailand - Pheu Thai says it must include Prayut and Prawit’s parties in govt coalition

* Thai election runners-up Pheu Thai inch closer to coalition majority; coalition now has 238 MPs in its camp

* With tourism flourishing again, Thailand eases visa application to woo more tourists

* Thai consumer confidence drops for first time in 14 months over political uncertainty

* Thai rice price surges amidst drought concerns, sharpest rise seen in the world this year

Philippines:

* South Korean girl safe after abduction in suitcase in Philippines

* Philippine military says will send more supplies to disputed reef; govt aim to strengthen position in area

* Six Philippine police charged with shooting, killing teen in case of mistaken identity

* Philippines’ GDP growth stumbles as high prices and rates bite

* For all the Marias left behind in the Philippines

A man rides a motorbike in the rain in Hanoi on friday, August 11, 2023. - AFPA man rides a motorbike in the rain in Hanoi on friday, August 11, 2023. - AFP

Vietnam:

* United Nations demands halt to imminent Vietnam execution

* Death toll rises to 13 as landslides and floods hit northern Vietnam

* Nasa chief warns moon’s south pole may become ‘another South China Sea’

* Vietnam, Iran to promote trade and investment

* Supporting industries vital to economic restructuring, says Vietnam Minister

Myanmar:

* Myanmar seizes over 60 tons of illegal timbers in a week

* Five dead and more than 40,000 evacuated as monsoon floods hit Myanmar

* Office of Asean special envoy for Myanmar must continue, says US Senator

Residents wash their suitcase and belongings on a damaged bank of a canal clogged with flood debris in the aftermath of flood waters from an overflowing river in the Mentougou district on the outskirts of Beijing. The death toll in recent flooding in China's capital rose to 78 on Friday (Aug 11, 2023) as much of the country's north remains threatened by unusually heavy rainfall. - APResidents wash their suitcase and belongings on a damaged bank of a canal clogged with flood debris in the aftermath of flood waters from an overflowing river in the Mentougou district on the outskirts of Beijing. The death toll in recent flooding in China's capital rose to 78 on Friday (Aug 11, 2023) as much of the country's north remains threatened by unusually heavy rainfall. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia and Indonesia discuss cooperation to eradicate human trafficking

* Cambodia's Hun Sen unveils new government with son Hun Manet as leader

* New Cambodian cabinet to feature children of the powerful

Laos:

* Laos prepares for Asean chairmanship in 2024; govt confident of being a great host during the summit

* High water levels in Mekong River due to bad weather causes collapse of Vientiane flood protection embankment

Brunei:

* It is important for Asean to always maintain a good cross-border cooperation, says Brunei top official

* Brunei man sentenced to jail and canings for sexually assaulting 13-year-old boy

K-pop group Fromis_9 performs during a K-Pop concert after the closing ceremony of the World Scout Jamboree at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. A day after a powerful tropical storm flooded dozens of homes and turned streets into muddy rivers, South Korea threw a huge K-Pop concert in Seoul for 40,000 Scouts whose global Jamboree was disrupted by the weather. - APK-pop group Fromis_9 performs during a K-Pop concert after the closing ceremony of the World Scout Jamboree at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. A day after a powerful tropical storm flooded dozens of homes and turned streets into muddy rivers, South Korea threw a huge K-Pop concert in Seoul for 40,000 Scouts whose global Jamboree was disrupted by the weather. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Death toll in China's Hebei floods rises to 29 as heavy rainfall triggers disasters

* 5.9-magnitude quake jolts Japan's Aomori, confirms JMA

* China's yuan hits 1-month low, weighed by property woes

* China floods hit rice and corn crops; trigger food inflation worries

* China population: 2023 births could plunge by a quarter from record low set last year, academic warns

* US investors flag retaliation risks after Biden's China tech curbs

* China says it uncovers alleged CIA spy, a Chinese national recruited in Italy, reports state broadcaster

* Russia launches first Moon mission in nearly 50 years

* India, Japan, US and Australia to kick off Malabar 2023 naval exercise on Friday

* Chinese University of Hong Kong head Rocky Tuan out of sight, but at the centre of storm over council reforms

* Joe Biden plans new restrictions on US investments in China, including Hong Kong, declares ‘emergency’ on sensitive tech

* China population: College graduates offered free accommodation to help tackle ageing society, but feasibility questioned

* Young Chinese couples go retro, announcing marriages in newspapers

* Court blocks PwC Australia from removing partner over tax leak scandal

* Australia c.bank says worst over for inflation as policy enters 'calibration stage'

* North Korea warns of flood damage after tropical storm drenches South

* Deal flow to improve in South-East Asia / Hong Kong Q2 GDP expands 1.5% y/y

* Hollywood blockbuster 'Barbie' opens in Japan after atomic bomb controversy

* Troubled World Scout Jamboree bows out with K-pop in Seoul

* China accuses US of trying to block its development and demands that technology curbs be repealed

* China property tycoon, once Asia's richest woman, suffers massive losses

* ‘No homework here’: China café bans in-store parent-child tutoring amid fears over outbreaks of ‘emotional turbulence’

* Soccer-Sweden hold off Japan fightback to reach Women's World Cup semis

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