Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (Dec 31, 2023)


People enjoy the last sunset of the year at the Lhoknga beach, Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, December 31, 2023. - AFP

Malaysia:

* King, Queen extend New Year greetings to all Malaysians

* PM hopes 2024 will bring positive changes to the country

* Constructive discourse should be promoted, not criticised excessively, says PM

* MACC working to stay relevant and effective in 2024, says Azam Baki

* Withdrawing support for the government not treason, says Bersatu

* Malaysians must commit to strengthening nation's unity, says Fadillah

* War on Gaza rages on unabated and aided by the United States, says Dr Mahathir

* Zahid: 2024 to open new chapter of prosperity for Malaysia

* High Court dismisses defamation suit brought by lawyer against deputy IGP

* M'sian NGOs committed to continuing humanitarian aid missions for Palestinians in 2024

* Bursa Malaysia likely to trend higher in first week of 2024

* Ringgit to continue its uptrend in first week of 2024 and trade between 4.57 and 4.58 against the US dollar

People cast their fishing rods during the last sunset of the year at the Lhoknga beach, Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, December 31, 2023. - AFPPeople cast their fishing rods during the last sunset of the year at the Lhoknga beach, Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, December 31, 2023. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore economy grows 1.2 per cent in 2023; growth hurt by softer global demand for its exports

* Singapore avoids recession as PM Lee warns of ‘troubled’ world

* Singapore: Police to light up Marina Bay during New Year’s Eve countdown with crowd management lights

* ‘Thank you for everything’: NZ couple pay last respects to former amah in Singapore after 40-year search

* Animals had a bleak 2023 in Singapore

Indonesia:

* Indonesia to impose new tax on e-cigarettes from Jan 1, 2024

* Yet another one on Sunday: 6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes part of Indonesia's Papua region

* Indonesia to integrate digitalisation at all its ministry and govt institutions

* 5.0-magnitude quake hits Java, Indonesia - GFZ

* Indonesian charged with murder of sister

A plane flying past a rainbow and cars parked at a petrol station in Krabi. - AFPA plane flying past a rainbow and cars parked at a petrol station in Krabi. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai cops say five types of cybercrimes running rampant in the past year in country

* Water recedes and massive cleanup in southern Thailand begins

* CNN ranks Bangkok among top 10 New Year countdown destinations

* Bangkok loses its hustle and bustle as New Year exodus begins as locals heads back home

* Thai Transport minister orders urgent fixes for Bangkok Bus Terminal’s problems

Philippines:

* Philippine lawmaker hits China’s ‘delusional’ claim to country's West Sea

* Philippines central bank sees December inflation at 3.6%-4.4%

* South China Sea issue: China sharpens tirades against Philippines over sea row

* Asean foreign ministers express concern over South China Sea tensions

A vendor stands by his decorations shop in Hanoi. Vietnam's economy grew by slightly more than five percent in 2023, falling short of a government target of 6.5 percent, according to official figures that has been published. - AFPA vendor stands by his decorations shop in Hanoi. Vietnam's economy grew by slightly more than five percent in 2023, falling short of a government target of 6.5 percent, according to official figures that has been published. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Big drop in Vietnam's domestic automobile market; car experts hoping for a better 2024

* Vietnamese comic artist wins silver at international manga awards

* Russia's Sputnik praises Vietnam’s home-grown AI apps

* Vietnam 2023 economic growth slows to 5.05% as exports fall

Myanmar:

* More Myanmar Rohingya refugees arrive in Indonesia despite rejection from locals

* Myanmar to introduce registration fees for online sales businesses

* Three baby Irrawaddy dolphins have been spotted in Myanmar

A man, left, is silhouetted as he fishes, while people relax people during the sunset at the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - APA man, left, is silhouetted as he fishes, while people relax people during the sunset at the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia receives nearly half million Chinese tourists in 11 months of 2023

* Cambodia exports reach nearly US$14bil in 11 months of 2023

* Cambodia marks 25th anniversary of war’s end

Laos:

* Laos to grow EV market, fuelled by renewable energy ambitions

* New Year wish - Laos government targets lower inflation rates in 2024

Brunei:

* Maintain and promote stability in maritime sphere of South-East Asia, says Asean foreign minister

* Heavy flooding hits Brunei's Belait districts after overnight rainfall

(From left) Gabriella Sour, Sabrina Sok and Garrett Sour rehearse traditional, sacred Cambodian dances in the Wattanak Dance Troupe studio in Minneapolis. Seeking to keep ties to both Buddhism and ancestral culture vibrant for new generations, the troupe, which started in the Buddhist temple of Watt Munisotaram, issued its first open enrollment call this winter. - AP(From left) Gabriella Sour, Sabrina Sok and Garrett Sour rehearse traditional, sacred Cambodian dances in the Wattanak Dance Troupe studio in Minneapolis. Seeking to keep ties to both Buddhism and ancestral culture vibrant for new generations, the troupe, which started in the Buddhist temple of Watt Munisotaram, issued its first open enrollment call this winter. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysian films shine on global stage in 2023 with Cannes win, awards galore and box-office records

* Gaza grappling with catastrophic hunger, 40 per cent of population at risk of famine, says UN

* North Korea's Kim orders military to prepare for possible 'war'

* Pilot flying-hour caps, illness led to flight cuts, says Cathay Pacific Airways

* Australia thunderstorms raise risk of flash flooding

* Israeli tanks advance deeper into Gaza districts, 12 weeks into war

* Editorial: Global expansion of Washoku in Japan

* Gyeongju: archaeology, myths and memories

* After war, bots and Barbie, world rings in 2024

* Xi says China to consolidate and enhance economic recovery in 2024

* China eases visa application for US tourists

* The year in review: Influential people who died in 2023

* China urges ‘prudent’ yuan internationalisation as pace of adoption remains slow

* 2023's best international films, from blockbusters to masterpieces

* Final bodies found after China's most serious earthquake in a decade

* ChatGPT-aided ransomware in China results in four arrests as AI raises cybersecurity concerns

* Some Chinese state property developers stiff their suppliers, defying edicts and worsening slump

* South Korea: Cops criticised over actor’s death / North Korea no longer aiming for reunification with South, says Kim

* China’s ‘first coffee village’ brewing up change amid digital transformation as jobseekers give it a shot, tourists take a sip

* Hong Kong, Indian customs arrest 8 in joint crackdown on syndicate that laundered HK$500 million in bogus diamond trading scheme

* ‘Mickey ears’ popularity soars among China pet owners despite concerns over painful, risky cosmetic procedures inflicted on beloved fur babies

* ‘Don’t want a new mum’: Girl complains about mother’s grey hair but says doesn’t want replacement, warming hearts on Chinese social media

* Axe HK’s Japanese seafood ban based on data and to show contrast from mainland China with ‘one country, two systems’, Japan’s envoy in city says

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