Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Feb 5, 2024)


Mayon volcano spewing ash into the air as seen from the Cagsawa ruins in Daraga town, Albay province, south of Manila. - Rolando Esguerra / AFP

Malaysia:

* Sarawak police investigating report Taib removed from hospital against medical advice / Taib's wife denies 'absconding' husband from hospital

* Najib's graft trial: Former 1MDB counsel Jasmine Loo expected to take the stand this month

* Fail to deliver and you're out, Zahid tells rural ministry subsidiary heads

* Account 2 can be used to buy insurance for immediate family members, says EPF

* Anwar denies unity govt lacks bite in tackling corruption

* PM wants an end to all criticism of Najib's pardon

* Rein in your members who speak out against Pardons Board decision, Zahid tells Pakatan

* Taking up Najib's debate challenge a waste of time, says Ramkarpal

* Respect Pardons Board's decision to commute Najib's sentence, Anwar reiterates

* Tony Pua arrives at Bukit Aman to have statement recorded / Tony Pua fully cooperated with investigators

* Greater Klang Valley should become special economic zone, says Amirudin

* Pardons Board should provide clear reason behind decision related to Najib, says G25

Kaesang Pangarep (centre), Chairman of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and the youngest son of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, speaks during a campaign event supporting presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice-presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka, current mayor of Surakarta and eldest son of Widodo, at Ngurah Rai Gor in Denpasar on Monday, February 5, 2024, ahead of Indonesia's presidential and legislative polls scheduled to be held on February 14. -  AFPKaesang Pangarep (centre), Chairman of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and the youngest son of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, speaks during a campaign event supporting presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and vice-presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka, current mayor of Surakarta and eldest son of Widodo, at Ngurah Rai Gor in Denpasar on Monday, February 5, 2024, ahead of Indonesia's presidential and legislative polls scheduled to be held on February 14. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singer fined RM10,600 for molesting woman at Mediacorp Campus after downing up to 15 cups of whisky

* Two years’ probation for boy, 16, who assaulted mum and threatened to kill her with chopper

* Luxury Singapore hotel refutes claim YouTuber sneaked in for free stay, enjoyed S$100,000 experience

* Comedian Trevor Noah returns to Singapore for stand-up comedy show in June

* 120 hopefuls in Singapore audition for K-pop girl group Fifty Fifty

* Electrolux to shut Singapore regional HQ by May

* Muis: Muslims can eat cultivated meat if halal provisions met

* Oil inches up as US plans more strikes in Mideast, Ukraine hits Russian refinery

* Asian stocks slump as traders temper rate cut bets

Indonesia:

* Indonesia presidential front runner Prabowo Subianto draws fire in final debate

* Bali to collect tourism tax from Feb 14; tourists encouraged to pay online before arrival

* Asian currencies weaken, yields rise as rate-cut prospects diminish

* Indonesia 2023 GDP growth slows to 5.1% on falling commodity prices

* Indonesia polls: The ‘four-finger’ salute and how Jokowi spurred its spread

* Indonesia presidential hopefuls strike conciliatory note ahead of election

* Indonesian Presidential polls - ‘A strong alarm for democracy’

A girl in traditional Chinese costume poses for photos in front of a 500-foot-long dragon installation displayed at a mall in the Chinatown district of Manila on Monday, February 5, 2024, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon which falls on February 10.  - AFPA girl in traditional Chinese costume poses for photos in front of a 500-foot-long dragon installation displayed at a mall in the Chinatown district of Manila on Monday, February 5, 2024, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon which falls on February 10. - AFP

Thailand:

* Reformist Thai MP Pita, the former PM hopeful, given suspended sentence over 2019 protest and faces more legal trouble

* Airports of Thailand to operate another three regional airports in third quarter

* Thai-China free visa: Competition heats up for Thai travellers

* Thai inflation lowest in nearly 3 years, but c.bank may hold rates

* Thailand adapts strategy amid China economic shifts, eyes India as alternative

* Repatriation of Golden Boy, kneeling female statues due in May

* Drug-laced lollipops on sale in Thailand / * Getting the most out of a day trip to Chiang Rai

Philippines:

* Floods, landslides kill at least 20 people in southern Philippines

* Philippines successfully wards off cyber attacks from China-based hackers, say top officials

* Philippine defence chief vows to protect sovereignty amid secession threats

* Fuel prices to increase by up to P1.50 per litre on Feb 6

* Philippine defence chief vows to protect sovereignty amid secession threats

* Philippines to join Nasa-led Asian air quality study

People transport kumquat trees on their motorcycle in Hanoi on Monday, February 5, 2024, as Vietnamese prepare to celebrate their traditional Tet or Lunar New Year of the Dragon which falls on February 10. Peach blossoms and orange trees are two main ornaments at home for the lunar new year celebrations in Northern Vietnam. - AFPPeople transport kumquat trees on their motorcycle in Hanoi on Monday, February 5, 2024, as Vietnamese prepare to celebrate their traditional Tet or Lunar New Year of the Dragon which falls on February 10. Peach blossoms and orange trees are two main ornaments at home for the lunar new year celebrations in Northern Vietnam. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam coffee farmers seek to renegotiate deals after global price surge

* Vietnam's agro-forestry-fishery exports surge 80% in January

* Tan Chong Motor appointed GAC Motor's distributor in Vietnam

* HCM City tightens food monitoring as Tet approaches

* Companies with deep pockets drive Vietnam's office market

* Vietnam's fight against cross-border smuggling intensifies

Myanmar:

* Myanmar border guards flee to Bangladesh amid clashes with rebels

* Myanmar extends state of emergency for six more months as people get ready to celebrate lunar New Year

* 24 species of valuable medicinal plants recorded in Myanmar's largest national park

* Myanmar/Rohingya - Bidor breakout: 75 escapees still at large, likely hiding around Tapah, Bidor, say cops

* Myanmar clashes along Bangladesh border: official

Team Thailand competes in the preliminary round of the team technical artistic swimming event during the 2024 World Aquatics Championships at Aspire Dome in Doha on Monday, February 5, 2024. - AFPTeam Thailand competes in the preliminary round of the team technical artistic swimming event during the 2024 World Aquatics Championships at Aspire Dome in Doha on Monday, February 5, 2024. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM to pay official visit to Thailand on Wednesday with aims of pushing bilateral trade to higher level

* New draft law to boost safety is approved in Cambodia

* Sihanoukville terminal due for completion by 2026: Vinci Airports

* Joint effort to curb air pollution by Cambodia and Thailand

Laos:

* H5N1 bird flu outbreak detected in Laos

* ADB commits record climate finance of almost US$10 billion in 2023; Laos to receive assistance in achieving its carbon nneutrality aims

Brunei:

* Brunei going all out to clamp down terrorism in country; delegation attends counter- terrorism meeting in Saudi Arabia

* Major water disruptions in Brunei-Muara, Tutong on Feb 6

Travelers with their luggage walk in the snow as they exit a railway station in Huaibei, in central China's Anhui province on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. A snowstorm has brought disruptions to traffic in central China, as millions of Chinese are expected to travel back to their hometown during the Lunar New Year holiday period. - APTravelers with their luggage walk in the snow as they exit a railway station in Huaibei, in central China's Anhui province on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. A snowstorm has brought disruptions to traffic in central China, as millions of Chinese are expected to travel back to their hometown during the Lunar New Year holiday period. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Thousands of passengers face flight cancellations as snow creeps towards Tokyo

* Analysis-Unusual election year budget in India signals Modi's sky-high confidence

* Jiangxi official advocates regulation as way to control bride prices in rural China

* New Zealand calls for Kiwi pilot to be freed a year after Papua kidnapping

* Eisai expects 1,500 Alzheimer's patients in China launch, sees ‘huge’ growth

* HK star Jacqueline Wong thought of 'disappearing from the world' after cheating scandal

* South Korea, Saudi Arabia sign agreement on defence cooperation

* Asia markets take a hit as blockbuster US jobs batter rate cut hopes

* Australian Yang Hengjun handed suspended death sentence by Beijing court

* China’s Tencent fires more than 120 workers for fraud

* China's Jan services activity expands at slower pace - Caixin PMI

* Distressed Chinese developers get project loan backing as Beijing ramps up support

* Women and old men in military? - A dilemma in South Korea army

* Snowstorms hit China’s roads and railways ahead of CNY

* Tony Leung and Carina Lau in the spotlight with David Beckham at Inter Miami match in Hong Kong

* Taylor Swift wins album of the year at Grammy Awards for the 4th time, setting new record

* Tamil movie superstar Vijay set to enter politics in India; expected to step back from acting

* UOB and CCPIT sign enhanced MOU to facilitate China-Asean trade

* A 5,800% renewables stock boom has some Indian investors worried

* Samsung chief Lee cleared of charges in 2015 merger case

* Soccer-South Korea and Jordan expect to 'suffer' in Asian Cup semi-final

* Cricket - The super Test clash - India beat England by 106 runs to level series

* Australian war hero appeals defamation ruling on reports he was complicit in Afghan unlawful killings

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