Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Jan 29, 2024)


People walk past the CNN Philippines office in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila on Monday, January 29, 2024. The CNN Philippines officially announced that it will stop news production operations effective on January 31, as a result of 'serious financial losses'. - AFP

Malaysia:

* A King's reign overseeing four prime ministers

* Frequent changes of govt won't do country any good, says Al-Sultan Abdullah

* KL outranks Dubai and Vegas in world's best cities survey

* PM Anwar hopes increase in Rahmah cash aid will alleviate people's burden

* Daim maintains innocence, wants his day in court

* Daim charged with failing to declare assets, claims trial

* KL High Court sets aside gag order on 'Mentega Terbang' producer

* Cop involved in alleged rape of 16-year-old nabbed

* 'Hot Daddy' porn probe: Six more women nabbed by Bukit Aman

* AIM channelled RM2.6bil to help entrepreneurs in 2023, says Ramanan

* Pakatan needs unconventional approach to put country back on right track, Saifuddin

* More needs to be done to improve Malaysia's standing, say NGOs about Corruption Perception Index

A man and three school children commute on a motorcycle in Jakarta on Monday, January 29, 2024. - AFPA man and three school children commute on a motorcycle in Jakarta on Monday, January 29, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* Seven new charges for money laundering accused who allegedly planned to submit fake marriage cert to Singapore govt

* Three weeks’ jail for man in Singapore who assaulted his nine-year-old son with two umbrellas and a cane

* ‘As small as a 100Plus bottle’: Baby born at 22 weeks in S’pore now a healthy 5-year-old

* Seven in 10 young Singaporeans feel it is not necessary to marry, but most still want to: Poll

* ‘People said we looked alike’: Best friends discover they’re actually sisters

* Marina Bay Sands gets approval to build 587-room fourth tower, down from previous 1,000-room plan

* Oil climbs on escalating tensions in Middle East

* Asia stocks gain as China stimulus softens Evergrande blow

* Monetary policy set to hold as inflation persists - Figures in Singapore show core gauge rising to 3.3% in December

Indonesia:

* Emerging Markets - Indonesian rupiah hit by political woes as Asian currencies mostly subdued

* Survey show youth prioritise environmental conservation in 2024 elections, says WWF Indonesia

* Indonesia to provide more cash handouts to mitigate risk of rising food prices

* Indonesia to import 676,000 live cattle this year

* Ferry route for cargo lorries between Batam and Johor mulled

* Calls mount for Jokowi to take campaign leave

People fish in a pond on the outskirts of Buriram province, Thailand. - ReutersPeople fish in a pond on the outskirts of Buriram province, Thailand. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Top Thai officials pile pressure on central bank to ease rates, citing bank profits

* ‘Special needs’ boy allegedly stabs classmate to death over so-called bullying

* Thai economy in recession, needs a boost -deputy finmin

* PM2.5 dust pollution at unhealthy level in 68 Bangkok districts

* China pushes for construction of China-Thailand railway

* Thai police warn Liverpool soccer fans of new online scam

Philippines:

* Ex-Philippine leader Duterte assails Marcos, accusing him of plotting to expand his grip on power

* Philippines denies 'special arrangements' with China to supply troops on reef

* 'I think it's the fentanyl': Philippines' Marcos hits back at predecessor Duterte

* Philippines and US intend to hold '2-plus-2' meeting in March: Envoy

* Philippines' Marcos says maritime cooperation a cornerstones in Vietnam visit

* Duterte's son calls President Marcos 'lazy', urges him to quit

An instructor gives a dance lesson to his student at a park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. - APAn instructor gives a dance lesson to his student at a park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. - AP

Vietnam:

* Surging Vietnam exports signal hope for global demand recovery

* Vietnam and Cambodia vow to support Laos' Asean chairmanship in full force

* Foreign investment flows into Vietnam increase 40% in January

* Vietnam rice exports to Jan 15 down 14.2% y/y at 194,000 tonnes

* Viet telcos must find new areas for growth, says minister

Myanmar:

* Asean foreign ministers back 'Myanmar-owned and led' solution to crisis

* South China Sea tensions and Myanmar violence top agenda for Asean meeting in Laos

* Myanmar junta sends senior official to attend Asean foreign ministers’ meeting

* With generals barred, Myanmar junta sends bureaucrat to Asean meeting

(From left) Myanmar Permanent secretary Marlar Than Htaik, Undersecretary, Philippine SOM leader Theresa P. Lazaro, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan,  Thailand's Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Laos' Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Malaysia's Foreign Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Brunei's Foreign Minister Erywan Pehin Yusof, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Sok Chenda Sophea, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, East Timor's Foreign Minister Bendito dos Santos Freitas and Asean Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn prepare for a group photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' (AMM) retreat meeting in Luang Prabang on Monday, January 29, 2024. - AFP(From left) Myanmar Permanent secretary Marlar Than Htaik, Undersecretary, Philippine SOM leader Theresa P. Lazaro, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Laos' Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Malaysia's Foreign Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Brunei's Foreign Minister Erywan Pehin Yusof, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Sok Chenda Sophea, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, East Timor's Foreign Minister Bendito dos Santos Freitas and Asean Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn prepare for a group photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' (AMM) retreat meeting in Luang Prabang on Monday, January 29, 2024. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Restoration of Bayon temple's platform in Cambodia's famed Angkor park completed

* Cambodia records second human case of bird flu so far this year

* Rare Asian elephant found dead in jungle in Cambodia

* What once was: Tracing the ancient Empire of the Khmers

Laos:

* South-East Asian nations cautiously optimistic of progress on Myanmar and South China Sea conflicts

* Asean ministers vow sustainable, inclusive and competitive tourism after meeting in Vientiane

* Singapore offers support to unlock Laos’ potential

Brunei:

* Brunei education ministry going all out to boost science, tech and environment studies in schools

* Brunei poised to be 'centre of gravity’ for regional aviation

People shop for Lunar New Year decorations in Hong Kong on Monday, January 29, 2024, for the upcoming Year of the Dragon. - AFPPeople shop for Lunar New Year decorations in Hong Kong on Monday, January 29, 2024, for the upcoming Year of the Dragon. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Important for Asean to redouble efforts in safeguarding region, says Tok Mat

* KL-S’pore high speed rail to boost sentiment on the property sector

* 'Abang Adik' star Wu Kang Ren credits human touch for success of the local film

* Jiman Casablancas, a towering figure in the Malaysian fashion industry, dies

* Samsung to integrate Baidu’s Ernie AI in latest Galaxy phones

* Late South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun’s 'Sleep' wins top award at French film festival

* Global watchdog proposes new ethics code to combat greenwashing

* Hong Kong home prices drop 6.8% in 2023, outlook still weak

* Unique houses survive quake in Japan village thanks to architectural design

* China Evergrande ordered to liquidate, owing US$300bil

* Former China football head pleads guilty to bribery

* Racial profiling allegations spark lawsuit against Japan police

* North Korea tests submarine-launched cruise missiles, KCNA says

* Toyota halts shipment of some vehicles over certification issues

* Soccer-South Korea coach Klinsmann has no fear, only respect for Mancini's Saudi Arabia

* Cricket-India go back to the drawing board after Pope cracks spin code

* Cricket-Gabba, Hyderabad thrillers the perfect advertisement for test cricket

* Tennis-Sinner won't settle after Melbourne triumph, says Cahill

* A tree that makes a rare anticancer compound is near extinction. Chinese scientists may have an answer

* Covid-19 origins: Researchers challenge early paper pointing to Wuhan market as epicentre of pandemic

* Amazon’s 'Expats' TV series puts Hong Kong government in ‘awkward position’, features ‘glamorised’ lifestyle

* ‘Jobless, cold and depressed’: barred from pro sports, former Hong Kong elite athletes, coaches adjust to life in Britain

* China pyramid scheme loser cons family out of nearly RM200,000 for ‘medical bills’ by claiming he suffered testicle injury while riding bike, sparking outrage online

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