Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Oct 2, 2023)


Gold medallist Singapore's Veronica Shanti Pereira reacts during the medal ceremony after the Women's 200m during the athletics compeitition in the Hangzhou Asian Games at the Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Monday (October 2, 2023). - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Court dismisses Dr M's application to obtain documents from Anwar

* Gov't doing its best to tackle rice issue, says PM

* Ex-AG Thomas' lawsuit to be heard as civil suit

* Outcome of Malaysia-India white rice talks to be known this week

* Govt introduces four measures to tackle rice supply issues nationwide

* BMI maintains Malaysia's budget deficit forecast at 4.9%

* Underage teens among 11 friends charged with drug distribution

* Malaysia-NZ bilateral ties now stronger than ever, says King / New Zealand governor-general, delegation meet PM Anwar

* Malaysia's 2023 economic growth expected to moderate to 3.9% - World Bank

* Malaysian manufacturing suffers sharpest business contraction since January

* Lack of integrity, self-interest believed to be motive of policemen in abduction case, says KL CPO

* Tengku Zafrul: Govt to ensure EV ownership available to all

Singapore's Veronica Shanti Pereira poses after winning the Women's 200m final at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Monday (Oct 2, 2023) - Sport Singapore via REUTERS/Bryan FooSingapore's Veronica Shanti Pereira poses after winning the Women's 200m final at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Monday (Oct 2, 2023) - Sport Singapore via REUTERS/Bryan Foo

Singapore:

* Shanti Pereira wins gold in 200m in Hangzhou, Singapore’s first athletics title at Asian Games since 1974

* Woman in S’pore loses over RM380,000 after downloading third-party app to buy durian tour ticket

* Crypto exchange Coinbase obtains Monetary Authority Of Singapore licence

* Singapore education ministry and schools looking to improve primary school pupils’ digital literacy

* Singapore Exchange launches its first ammonia futures contracts

* Vertex plans Singapore’s first SPAC merger with Taiwan firm

* More Coldplay Singapore concert tickets on sale on Tuesday

* Oil prices climb as risk appetite grows, focus returns to supply outlook

* Asian Stocks make meandering start to quarter; yen hits near 1-year low

Indonesia:

* Indonesia denies accusations of transboundary haze crossing into Singapore and Malaysia

* Indonesia court rejects petitions to review pro-investment law

* Five Papuan independence fighters killed in clash in Indonesia’s restive Papua region

* Indonesia inflation cools to 2.28% in September, close to forecast

* Indonesia officially starts South-East Asia’s first high-speed rail operations on Monday (Oct 2)

* Race to douse fires as dry season peaks in Indonesia

Officials stand near of high-speed railway during the opening ceremony for launching Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway at Padalarang station in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Indonesian President Joko Widodo launched Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway that will start its commercial operations on Monday, a key project under China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative that will cut travel time between two cities from the current three hours to about 40 minutes. - APOfficials stand near of high-speed railway during the opening ceremony for launching Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway at Padalarang station in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Indonesian President Joko Widodo launched Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway that will start its commercial operations on Monday, a key project under China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative that will cut travel time between two cities from the current three hours to about 40 minutes. - AP

Thailand:

* Thai-South African beauty Tharina Botes clinches Miss Thailand World 2023 crown

* Thai officials including PM Srettha downplay reports of government-central bank rift

* Thai Airways flights from China almost full after visa waiver

* Blackpink’s Lisa dazzles at Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse

* Thai baht at near 11-month low on deficit concerns; other Asian FX muted

* Thailand to inject RM71.5bil into economy through digital wallet plan, says PM / * Over RM17bil from China tourism after visa waivers

Philippines:

* US and Philippines begin annual drills in disputed South China Sea

* Philippines’ Marcos suffers ‘significant’ drop in approval rating as prices of goods keep on soaring

* 5.2-magnitude quake hits Mindanao in Philippines

* Philippines braces for flash floods as Typhoon Koinu hovers

Gold medallist North Korea’s Rim Unsim (centre), silver medallist China’s Pei Xinyi (left) and bronze medallist Philippines’s Elreen Ann Ando pose during the awards ceremony after women’s 59kg group A weightlifting competition during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang province on Monday, October 2, 2023. - AFPGold medallist North Korea’s Rim Unsim (centre), silver medallist China’s Pei Xinyi (left) and bronze medallist Philippines’s Elreen Ann Ando pose during the awards ceremony after women’s 59kg group A weightlifting competition during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang province on Monday, October 2, 2023. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam says developer cheated 42,000 investors of a whopping RM5.66bil; major probe ongoing by police detectives

* Falling beer sales show growing risk for Vietnam’s GDP

* US private equity firm Bain Capital invests US$200mil in Vietnam conglomerate Masan

* Vietnam aims for 6% growth this year

Myanmar:

* Asia’s manufacturing downturn deepens amid depressed demand - Asean countries also hurt including Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand

* Myanmar begins pilot census in 20 townships

* Junta says that Myanmar has estimated population of 56.2 million including over 29 million women

People buy street food at a market as Thailand is to inject $15.2 bln into economy next year through its digital wallet policy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, October 2, 2023. - ReutersPeople buy street food at a market as Thailand is to inject $15.2 bln into economy next year through its digital wallet policy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, October 2, 2023. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Always respect your elders - Cambodian PM Hun Manet announces that Oct 1 will a day to remember the elderly

* Cambodian Tourism Ministry says that arrivals of foreign tourists soar in 2023; more than 250% increase since last September

* Cambodian experts dispatched to Bangkok to check on 'replica’ of Angkor Wat in Thailand's Buriram

Laos:

* Laos joins many other South-East Asian countries in ordering better management of rare earth mining

* Lao government to develop better transport system to ease traffic in its capital Vientiane

Brunei:

* Brunei, Malaysia continue to strengthen ties, says Malaysian envoy

* Brunei innovation improves but lags behind regional economies, according to Global Innovation Index

Japan’s team celebrate after winning against China at the softball women final event at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China’s eastern Zhejiang province on Monday, October 2, 2023. - AFPJapan’s team celebrate after winning against China at the softball women final event at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China’s eastern Zhejiang province on Monday, October 2, 2023. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Sri Lankan triple murder: Malaysian Police detain eight individuals

* Malaysian singer Jeryl Lee crowned champion of China's reality TV show

* India's monsoon rains hit five-year low due to El Nino

* Fukushima food event debuts in London and Bangkok, similar festivity to come in Singapore

* Japanese city Nagoya bans walking on escalators

* Autonomous driving remains a distant reality in Japan

* Japan startup develops 'Gundam'-like robot with RM14.1mil price tag

* Oil prices climb as investor risk appetite grows

* Two elves and a scroll: China military releases animation on Taiwan 'reunification'

* Japan's top talent agency to dissolve after sex abuse scandal; over 300 seek damages

* North Korea slams UN nuclear agency as US mouthpiece

* China’s services activity expands at slowest pace this year

* Australia PM rallies support for Indigenous referendum as early voting starts

* Apple says it will fix software problems blamed for making iPhone 15 models too hot to handle

* Ultra-processed foods under scrutiny in Europe for its impact on health

* SenseTime says a former IP rights employee is under police investigation in China

* Crypto industry grapples with FTX fallout as trial looms

* Crypto’s first year after the FTX blowup: 'It’s been miserable'

* Golf-After Europe regain Ryder Cup in Rome, McIlroy targets 2025 win in US

* South Korean gamer 'Faker' gets rock-star treatment at Asian Games

* Star wrestler Panghal seeks new start for scandal-hit Indian wrestling at Hangzhou Asian Games

* For all of China's dominating show in Hangzhou, its footballers flop again at the Asian Games

* Drama on the track as hosts China take golds and records in Hangzhou Asiad

* They are at it again: North Korean breaks world record on way to weightlifting gold; country's third world mark in three days

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