Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (Jan 28, 2024)


Performers and lion dancers take part in a procession for the upcoming Vietnam's Tet Festival (Lunar New Year) in Hanoi. - AFP

Malaysia:

* 'Test of a King' tells of Al-Sultan Abdullah's wisdom in steering Malaysia

* Police ready for Royal send-off for 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, says IGP

* Abolish pension proposal for new civil servants not to victimise Malays, says Anwar

* Al-Sultan Abdullah, Tunku Azizah a Royal couple cherished by the people

* Harimau Malaya fan who sold bike to fund Asian Cup trip gets a new motorcycle

* Pilgrims urged to prioritise worship when visiting Holy Land, says Mohd Na'im

* Consult Sabah, Sarawak over proposed pension scheme, Yong tells Putrajaya

* BN-PH ‘sincerity pact' key to winning GE16, says Zahid

* 'Defined contribution' scheme for new civil servants puts country in sustainable fiscal position, says economist

* Tunku Mahkota Ismail capable of leading Johor to become developed state by 2030, says MB

* Bursa Malaysia's rally to continue this week and FBM KLCI expected to stay above 1,500

* Ringgit likely to trade around 4.72-4.73 against US dollar this week

A woman walks past a mural in Chinatown in Singapore. - AFPA woman walks past a mural in Chinatown in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* Fast-rising K-pop girl group NewJeans to perform live at Singapore's Nike Orchard Road

* Singapore: More teens sexually exploited by online predators, many cases unreported, say lawyers and counsellors

* Ong Beng Seng - A billionaire who courted Singapore’s political elite. It backfired.

* ‘Big mistakes’: Singapore hedge fund to shut after investors flee on wrong-way bets on China, Japan stock markets

* Singapore - Beware of pet adoption scams online, warns animal rescue group

* Johor urged to prepare for the Singapore crowd

Indonesia:

* Indonesia to start airport trial in new capital Nusantara in July

* Indonesia and Timor-Leste seek solutions to border issues

* Linking 17,000 islands with an extensive transport network in Indonesia tests a nation on the rise

* Election flags spark concern in Indonesia

* The presidential race - Beefing up security ahead of polls

* Colours of the Indonesian election

Australia's Harry Souttar heads past Indonesia's Elkan Baggott during the Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Australia and Indonesia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. - APAustralia's Harry Souttar heads past Indonesia's Elkan Baggott during the Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Australia and Indonesia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. - AP

Thailand:

* China sees ‘big increase’ in arrivals to Thailand on new visa-free rules

* Thailand and China sign mutual visa exemption; visa-free travel begins from March 1

* Top US Chinese officials talk on Taiwan, Iran and Myanmar in Bangkok

* Blackpink's La Lisa ranks No. 2 as six Thais find place among 100 Global Fashion Icons

* Thai police seize two pet lions from woman

Philippines:

* China allows Philippines to supply troops at disputed reef

* Philippine government retains 6.5 to 7.5 per cent GDP growth target for 2024

* Philippine President’s Vietnam visit to give impulse to bilateral ties between both countries: Ambassador

* Marcos and Duterte supporters rally in Philippines as family rift deepens

* Nine Islamist fighters killed in clash, says Philippines' army

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr delivers a speech during the kick-off rally for the New Philippines movement at Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Supporters of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte gathered for rival rallies on January 28, as a battle over the country's constitution highlighted a deepening rift between the powerful clans. - AFPPhilippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr delivers a speech during the kick-off rally for the New Philippines movement at Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Supporters of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte gathered for rival rallies on January 28, as a battle over the country's constitution highlighted a deepening rift between the powerful clans. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam attracts over US$2.36 billion in FDI in first month of 2024

* Top Vietnam health official warns of risk of Covid-19 spread during Tet New Year festival

* Vietnam's aviation sector to serve a whopping 84.2 million passengers in 2024

* Chinese firms, anxious to avoid choppy geopolitical waters, chart a course for Vietnam

Myanmar:

* Many civilians killed, injured as Myanmar military steps up attacks in Loikaw

* Large amount of drugs worth millions seized in eastern Shan state in Myanmar

* Myanmar - Unesco heritage status sought for ethnic Karen Don dance

Buddhist monks line up at dawn to receive food and alms from devotees in front of a pagoda in Luang Prabang, Laos. - AFPBuddhist monks line up at dawn to receive food and alms from devotees in front of a pagoda in Luang Prabang, Laos. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia and Vietnam to collaborate against transnational crime

* China's huge demand sees Cambodia's renowned longan exports surge before Lunar New Year

* Chinese athletes win Cambodia Angkor's 100km ultra marathon

Laos:

* Singapore can help Laos realise its potential, says minister, as the two nations mark 50 years of ties

* Tok Mat to attend Asean foreign ministers' retreat in Laos

Brunei:

* Errant contractor and company fined for illegal dumping in Brunei

* Brunei-Singapore army exercise concludes at Penanjong Garrison

Italy's Jannik Sinner celebrates with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final match on day 15 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Sunday, January 29, 2024. - AFPItaly's Jannik Sinner celebrates with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's singles final match on day 15 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Sunday, January 29, 2024. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* UN agency in Gaza under fire after Oct 7 involvement claims

* Chinese foreign minister, top US security official hold ‘candid, fruitful’ talks on handling issues in Bangkok

* China acknowledges imprisoning a British man on spy charges

* China’s latest box office hit is a satire on Big Tech work culture

* Man behind anime studio arson attack appeals death sentence in Japan

* North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles -South Korea military

* Taiwan’s plunging birth rate not just about money, but also gender expectations

* India's united opposition faces major setback

* Japan's Kyoto Animation arsonist who killed 36 people says he accepts death sentence

* Only 1 out of 4 20something women in South Korea want marriage

* Getting a good soak in a traditional Japanese onsen ... and then some

* China’s United Nations human rights review puts global divide on display

* UN special rapporteur on Palestine slams countries suspending funds for UNRWA

* Immediate ceasefire only way for Israel to comply with ICJ ruling, says Palestinian Foreign Minister

* China takes its chip war to space as it uses Tiangong space station to test processors and gain a tech edge

* China’s holiday rush begins as people get set for the Lunar New Year celebrations

* Joe Biden vetoes effort to block EV charging stations’ ‘Buy America’ waiver

* Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron hail 60 years of China-France diplomatic relations

* Tennis-Sinner stages great escape to pip Medvedev to Australian Open trophy

* Cricket - Hartley stars as England stun India with a 28 runs victory in opening Test

* Macron signs controversial immigration law during visit to India; naturalisation and deportation rules tightened

* China’s vulnerable middle class must work harder to maintain status quo, Beijing seeks urgent fix for indispensable cohort

* Hong Kong universities of applied sciences to launch with over HK$40 million of government cash to boost profile of academic sector

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