Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (Dec 1, 2023)


Indonesia's President Joko Widodo delivers a national statement at the World Climate Action Summit during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Friday, December 1, 2023. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Suspect arrested in Kedah over criminal threats against PM

* Immigration Dept forms task force to tackle overstaying

* PM Anwar invites Xi to visit, says Malaysia's ambassador to China

* Concerns with implementation of digital id unfounded, says PM

* Najib applies for DNAA in RM27mil SRC case

* Five telcos sign SSA for 70% equity in DNB, with each injecting RM233mil

* Aman Palestin funds can only be accessed after probe is done, says Azam

* Kemaman by-election: EC expects turnout to reach 70%

* DPM Ahmad Zahid returns to work, attends Cabinet meeting

* Father pleads guilty to abandoning four children in front of guardhouse in Ipoh

* Not just Sirul, govt can also file for death sentence review

* Anwar hints of Cabinet reshuffle by year-end in light-hearted exchange with boy

A purple heron peers out of the bushes next to the lake at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. - AFPA purple heron peers out of the bushes next to the lake at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore top university's research centre to lead South-East Asia’s efforts in heat health and productivity

* J-Pop duo Yoasobi SG fans’ phone numbers, email addresses leaked online during Ticketmaster sale

* Singapore bank sues money laundering suspect for RM70mil

* Maybank Singapore extends US$100mil sustainability-linked RCF-i TO AET

* Teen pleads guilty to killing schoolmate with axe at River Valley High School in 2021

* Shell heist: Ex-tanker captain whose vessel received stolen fuel worth over S$660k jailed

* Real median income in Singapore falls 2.3% in 2023 on high inflation

* Singapore, Zurich ranked world’s most expensive cities

* Asia shares start Dec on weak note, dollar on back foot

* Oil prices recover from slump after underwhelming OPEC+ cuts

Indonesia:

* Indonesia prioritises spending for green economy transformation

* Singer Wilber Pan and wife hold beach wedding in Bali 3 years after getting married

* Indonesia pavilion at COP28 to deliberate on reducing GHG emissions

* IHH Healthcare seeks acquisitions in Indonesia, Vietnam; eyes turnaround in China

* Emerging markets - Indonesian inflation rises in November as Asian FX goes lower; stocks rangebound

* Some businesses in Indonesia to list Israel-related goods to avoid boycott of wrongly targeted ones

* Jokowi approves 20% rise in defence spending fro Indonesia

Natthaporn Onkaew, 26, holds hand with his mother, Thongkoon Onkaew, 48, as he arrives back home after being held for nearly two months when he was taken hostage by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, on Friday, December 1, 2023. - ReutersNatthaporn Onkaew, 26, holds hand with his mother, Thongkoon Onkaew, 48, as he arrives back home after being held for nearly two months when he was taken hostage by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, on Friday, December 1, 2023. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thailand's business sentiment holds steady in November, says central bank

* Crowds of tourists go sunflower bathing as Lopburi bursts into bloom

* Thailand poised to celebrate Unesco’s listing of Songkran

* HK, Thailand commence cross-border QR payment linkage

* Survey spots three more Bryde’s whales in Thai waters

* Thais hostages back home from Gaza - Overjoyed at their release

Philippines:

* Philippines builds new coast guard station on island in disputed South China Sea

* Bad weather caused by shear line affects 1 million in Philippines

* Death of elephant Mali sheds light on harmful impacts of zoos: group

* Political shakedowns in the Philippines threaten Marcos-Duterte alliance

* Philippines fishing vessel seized in Indonesian waters

* Election regulator bans vote machine firm implicated in bribery probe

Philippine National Security Adviser Eduardo Ano (second from left) and Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Ronnie Gavan shake hands after the ribbon cutting on Thitu Island in the disputed South China Sea on Friday, December 1, 2023, during the unveiling of a Philippine Coast Guard monitoring station. - AFPPhilippine National Security Adviser Eduardo Ano (second from left) and Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Ronnie Gavan shake hands after the ribbon cutting on Thitu Island in the disputed South China Sea on Friday, December 1, 2023, during the unveiling of a Philippine Coast Guard monitoring station. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam leaders receive Chinese foreign minister - both countries to work on many project including railway links

* UK jails last gang member in Vietnamese lorry tragedy

* China and Vietnam consider rail link through rare earths heartland

* Dien Bien Airport ready to reopen on Dec 2

* Vietnam arrests chairman of builder LDG for alleged deceit

* South China Sea: Openness encouraged to shore up marine economy after disputes threaten to capsize relations

Myanmar:

* Former Myanmar colonel who once served as information minister gets 10-year prison term for sedition

* Fighting intensifies - Myanmar ethnic minority fighters clash with military on major trade route

* Myanmar's military is losing ground in nationwide attacks, buoying opposition hopes

* ‘Rebels getting outside help’ - says Myanmar junta

* Malaysia brings home 121 suspected victims of job scams trapped in Myanmar conflict / * Myanmar unrest: 121 Malaysian job scam victims rescued and returned home

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) shaking hands with Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang in Hanoi. (Photo by Vietnam News Agency / Vietnam News Agency / AFP)China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) shaking hands with Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang in Hanoi. (Photo by Vietnam News Agency / Vietnam News Agency / AFP)

Cambodia:

* 'Education is of utmost importance' as Hun Manet urges stronger school governance for 2023-2024

* Cambodia looking to dominate global cashew nut market

* COP28 spotlights global warnings about the pain of climate change

Laos:

* Laos explores rare earth token project to boost economy

* Laos sees economic recovery but challenges remain: World Bank

Brunei:

* Four Bruneians detained in Malaysian police raid over investment scams

* Top dart stars from Brunei, Thailand and India to compete in inaugural premier Malaysian tournament on Dec 16

A handout picture provided by the UAE Presidential Court shows President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right) speaking with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prior to the opening ceremony of the COP28 climate summit at Dubai's Expo City, on December 1, 2023. World leaders take centre stage at UN climate talks in Dubai on December 1, under pressure to step up efforts to limit global warming as the Israel-Hamas conflict casts a shadow over the summit. - AFPA handout picture provided by the UAE Presidential Court shows President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right) speaking with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prior to the opening ceremony of the COP28 climate summit at Dubai's Expo City, on December 1, 2023. World leaders take centre stage at UN climate talks in Dubai on December 1, under pressure to step up efforts to limit global warming as the Israel-Hamas conflict casts a shadow over the summit. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Married couple nabbed in Hilir Perak for migrant trafficking

* M'sian varsities get top spot in Asean public, private rankings

* Maybank user finds over RM400mil in her bank account – and then the trouble starts

* Foreign Minister Wang Yi warns of ‘devouring’ Mideast violence as China convenes high-level UN meeting

* BTS exhibition in KL uses cutting-edge tech to provide an immersive experience

* Police arrest man for setting fire to co-worker’s toe

* Hong Kong journalist group 'concerned' about reporter's safety; reported went missing after Beijing trip

* US bills targeting China AI and Hong Kong offices clear key House panel amid call for ‘bold new ideas’

* Study: Strong parent-child ties may offset negative effects of social media

* How alleged India plots to kill Sikh separatists in the US and Canada unfolded

* Hong Kong is fifth most expensive city in the world

* Japan says 'concerned' US continues to fly Ospreys despite grounding request

* Xi takes flurry of small steps to open China after Biden thaw

* Asian markets struggle even as US data fuels rate cut talk

* Climate change: Asian investors aware of risks but face obstacles in directing capital to mitigate them, survey finds

* Only world leaders can cure climate change 'sickness,' says UN head

* UN flags 127 major climate-warming methane plumes this year

* Surge in respiratory illnesses in China not linked to Covid-19, say experts

* N. Korea's Kim calls for military readiness against any 'provocation'

* China’s A-listers flock to Hong Kong for Pharrell Williams' fashion show

* Japan says 'concerned' US continues to fly Ospreys despite grounding request

* Japan aircon king Daikin looks to custom chips for energy savings

* On TikTok, users are spending half their time watching content lasting more than a minute

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