Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Dec 4, 2023)


People watch a Christmas light show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, operated by Ayala Land Inc., in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, Monday, December 4, 2023. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* MACC withdraws applications for documents on 1MDB settlement

* Malaysian banks will deliver resilient operating performance in 2024, says S&P Global Ratings

* 102 govt services available at Madani one-year anniversary programme at Bukit Jalil

* Green investments to support economic growth next year - BNM governor

* Ex-PETRONAS exec gets prison, fine for receiving bribes

* Sabah-UN to work on development priorities to meet sustainable goals

* Good news for civil servants and pensioners next year, hints Fahmi

* No rise in radioactivity levels in Malaysian waters, Dewan Negara hears

* Ringgit to improve on better fundamentals, with Fed fund rate seen to peak

* No evidence ex-pathologist masterminded DPP's murder, appeals court told

* Separation of AG-PP powers a lengthy process, says Azalina

* Malaysian actor Roy Azman and family escape unhurt after car burst into flames

A Rohingya child looks on at gathered villagers as the refugees prepare to relocate after locals pushed back against the camp's presence in Balohan on Sabang island, Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday, December 4, 2023. - AFPA Rohingya child looks on at gathered villagers as the refugees prepare to relocate after locals pushed back against the camp's presence in Balohan on Sabang island, Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday, December 4, 2023. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore's RM244mil AI initiative to develop first large language model with South-East Asian context

* Singapore airport offering free bike rentals to transit passengers

* COP28: Singapore sets new rules to reduce risk of greenwashing by banks

* Tears as owner and dog reunite after dramatic rescue on busy expressway

* How suspects laundered billions in Singapore for years

* Heart-in-a-jar: Singapore to bioengineer mini Asian models with heart failure to test drugs

* Singapore seeking unity for a greener future

* KWAP inks deal with Singapore-based workers' accommodation operator for RM227mil

* Oil down as uncertainty over OPEC+ supply cuts, demand growth weigh

Indonesia:

* Malaysia, Timor-Leste to establish direct air links

* Indonesia's Marapi volcano erupts for the second day as 12 climbers remain missing

* Two dead, 10 missing in flash floods around Lake Toba

* Indonesia expresses interest in hosting U-20 World Cup in 2025 with Singapore: Jokowi

* Indonesian star Bunga Citra Lestari marries: 'This man brought back my smile'

* Eleven climbers killed as Indonesia volcano erupts, search on hold

Owat Suriyasri a Thai hostage who was freed from Hamas, center, is led on his arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakarn Province, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. Twenty-three Thai hostages kidnapped by Hamas in its Oct. 7, 2023 attack on southern Israel have been freed so far, and Thailand's foreign ministry says nine remain in captivity in Gaza. There were about 30,000 Thai overseas workers in Israel, mostly in the agricultural sector, but more than 8,000 have returned home since the attack. - APOwat Suriyasri a Thai hostage who was freed from Hamas, center, is led on his arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakarn Province, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. Twenty-three Thai hostages kidnapped by Hamas in its Oct. 7, 2023 attack on southern Israel have been freed so far, and Thailand's foreign ministry says nine remain in captivity in Gaza. There were about 30,000 Thai overseas workers in Israel, mostly in the agricultural sector, but more than 8,000 have returned home since the attack. - AP

Thailand:

* Six more Thai hostages back home from Gaza, says its foreign ministry

* Thailand extends bar opening times to aid nightlife draw for tourists

* Thailand approves over RM1bil budget for sugarcane farmers

* Asian stocks, FX edge higher on bets of Fed policy shift

* Freedom and dignity: Millennial Chinese leave China for Thailand

* Thai PM rejects electricity tariff hike proposal

Philippines:

* Philippines launches 'massive' manhunt after Catholic mass bombing

* Philippines VP says peace talks with communist rebels a pact 'with the devil'

* Philippines identifies suspects behind deadly bombing

* Filipino celebrity couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla break up after 11 years

* Indonesia's coal love affair still aflame despite pledges

* Southern Philippine province rocked by more than 1,600 aftershocks

Fisherman Siem Huat, 45, works on his boat near Kampong Phluk at Tonle Sap Lake, in Siem Reap Cambodia. - ReutersFisherman Siem Huat, 45, works on his boat near Kampong Phluk at Tonle Sap Lake, in Siem Reap Cambodia. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* Vietnam’s $20.7b energy transition plan falls short: Environmentalists

* Vietjet launches Shanghai-HCM City route

* Malaysian traveller explores Vietnam's My Son to learn about ancient civilisation

* Ba Ria-Vung Tau province aims to be maritime hub

* China ready to build a shared community with Vietnam

* Stock market today: Shares mixed in Asia ahead of updates on jobs, inflation

Myanmar:

* Heated clash in Myanmar: Over 20,000 displaced locals need food, medicine as fighting continues in Kyaikmaraw Township

* Intense fighting takes place in Mone township of Bago region

* Thailand evacuates 83 nationals from Myanmar’s war-torn Shan State

Delegates walk at the Dubai's Expo City during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, December 4, 2023. - ReutersDelegates walk at the Dubai's Expo City during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, December 4, 2023. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Military engineers from south Korea and Cambodia hold first joint exercise

* Dwindling fish stocks hit incomes in Cambodia, prey to climate change

* Angkor Half Marathon sees 10,000 taking part

Laos:

* Asean secretariat chief pledges support for Laos’ Asean chair in 2024

* China-Laos Railway boosts regional economy after two years

* Henry Kissinger’s bitter legacy - As global tributes to late US diplomat Henry Kissinger poured in, his death stirred fury across South-East Asia

Brunei:

* Viral news of Malaysia’s Covid-19 case spike is false, says Brunei Ministry of Health

* Climate change awareness is a priority, says Brunei minister

People look at a large lantern in the shape of Santa Claus at Tokyo Midtown Yaesu, which is run by Mitsui Fudosan Co. in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, December 4, 2023. - ReutersPeople look at a large lantern in the shape of Santa Claus at Tokyo Midtown Yaesu, which is run by Mitsui Fudosan Co. in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, December 4, 2023. - Reuters

AseanPlus:

* 'Stars On Fire' concert in KL, led by Bollywood icon Hrithik Roshan, cancelled

* Man dies hours after completing world’s highest bungee jump in Macau

* China Evergrande liquidation hearing unexpectedly adjourned to January

* Asia shares turn mixed, gold hits record above US$2,100

* S. Korea’s primary schools braced for impact of record-low enrolment of first graders

* Five bodies found after crash of Osprey military aircraft off Japan, confirms US military

* Gold jumps to record on rate cut bets but equities struggle

* China accuses US of 'stirring up' South China Sea tensions

* South Korea's Yoon set to announce cabinet reshuffle -media

* India turns to AI to capture its 121 languages

* Analysis-India's Modi seen unstoppable after surprise state polls sweep

* Climate finance takes centre stage at COP28 climate talks

* Commercial ships hit by missiles in Houthi attack in Red Sea, US warship downs 3 drones

* Short selling ban important for S. Korea’s development

* Japan yet to achieve wage-driven rise in inflation

* Games-Gold Coast pulls bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games

* Harder, please, It’s RM3.15 per face slap - Patrons pay to be smacked by Japanese izakaya’s female staff

* South China Sea: China says US combat ship ‘illegally’ entered waters near disputed Second Thomas Shoal

* Food faux pas: China diner shocked by RM280,000 bill for meal after accidentally posting photo of dish ordering QR code online

* India shuts schools, evacuates thousands as Cyclone Michaung nears / Two dead in southern India, roads, runway submerged as Cyclone Michaung nears

* Global Impact: As uncertainties swirl over South China Sea, joint exercises and heightened tensions reverberate within the neighbourhood

* S. Korea’s Yoon chooses veteran technocrat to spearhead economy ahead of election / South Korea tests solid-fuel rocket amid space race with North Korea

* ‘Too cold-blooded’: China animal lover who saved Border Collie marked for slaughter after original owner sold dog to meat vendor wins praise online

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