Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (Feb 11, 2024)


Ox carts carry election materials of the General Elections Commission (KPU) on the beach to deliver to remote polling stations as they use eighteen motorbikes and eight ox carts in Lampung, Indonesia, on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Indonesia will hold one of the world's biggest one-day elections next week -- a mind-boggling feat that involves shifting votes by boat, plane and horseback across the vast archipelago of more than 278 million people. Officials have been distributing ballot boxes under armed guard to every corner of the 5,000-kilometre-long (3,106-mile-long) archipelago that is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and languages. In Lampung province on Sumatra island, cows will be used in at least four villages to drag votes through mud tracks to and from polling stations. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Federal Court's ruling will strengthen Islamic law in Malaysia, says Syariah Judiciary Department

* Federal Court has jurisdiction to overturn civil, syariah laws if conflicting with constitution, say lawyers

* PAS should explain apex court's decision honestly, not use it as political fodder, says Mujahid

* Johor to carry out in-depth study following landmark Federal Court ruling, says MB

* Lawyer Nik Elin facing death threats

* Poser over Bersatu leader reportedly seen at PMO

* Cops arrested suspect in Jelutong homestay hidden camera case

* Do not politicise Federal Court's ruling on Kelantan Syariah code, says Zahid

* M'sia records 10.8% increase in Turkiye tourist arrivals in 2023 compared to 2019

* Sabah top cop vows to continue cracking down on corruption within the force

* 'Muhyiddin was not spreading fake news': Bersatu info chief hits back at Fahmi

* Proposal to nominate Chinese new villages as Unesco heritage sites will be discussed with Umno, says NGA

People take pictures of the city skyline lit up by drones during a performance to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Dragon, at Marina Bay in Singapore, - ReutersPeople take pictures of the city skyline lit up by drones during a performance to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Dragon, at Marina Bay in Singapore, - Reuters

Singapore:

* Street-hail rides dwindle as Singapore’s taxi population continues to shrink

* Singapore Airshow 2024 to feature largest number of foreign flying teams

* Singaporean president Tharman calls for avoiding black-and-white terms to seek growth

* Singapore's super CNY celebration - Dragon-themed drone show, the biggest ever, lights up Marina Bay waterfront

* Cops searching for Singapore registered car owner for road rage incident in Johor

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's Prabowo confident of winning presidential vote in single round, reports Al Jazeera

* Rebels, horses and cow carts: Indonesia prepares for mega polls

* More than 90,000 Indonesians in Johor expected to cast votes in republic's general election

* Indonesia scraps plan to buy Mirage fighter jets from Qatar

Thailand:

* Thailand Suvarnabhumi airport’s capacity to increase after third runway is operational in July

* ‘Buzzing’ Bangkok celebrates Chinese New Year with prayers and parties

* Meet Thailand's "Bright Vachirawit”, the country's top fashion influencer on Instagram with more than 18 million followers

* Thai central bank is open to ease rates if weak economy persists

Members of the National Disaster Management (BNPB) and Indonesian Red Cross rest beside a flooded area caused by heavy rain and the river bursting in Demak, Central Java on Sunday, February 11, 2024. - AFPMembers of the National Disaster Management (BNPB) and Indonesian Red Cross rest beside a flooded area caused by heavy rain and the river bursting in Demak, Central Java on Sunday, February 11, 2024. - AFP

Philippines:

* Philippine Coast Guard accuses Chinese vessels of 'dangerous' manoeuvres

* MMEA foils bid to smuggle petrol from Kudat into southern Philippines

* Philippine landslide death toll climbs to 37

* Quakes halt search at deadly Philippines landslide site

Vietnam:

* Big players in global finance eye South-East Asia investments

* Business booming - now Vietnam's Lao Cai targets 8.5 million tourist arrivals in 2024

* Vietnam tourism haven Da Nang flourishes with record visitors for Lunar New Year season

* Vietnam say business slow due to holidays; thin supply propels rates in India parboiled rice to fresh record high

Myanmar:

* Facing setbacks against resistance forces, Myanmar's military government activates conscription law

* Fire in southern Myanmar destroys seven houses and vehicles

* Myanmar junta enforces mandatory military service for young people

Cambodia:

* Cambodia govt says that decline in plastic imports in country ‘reflects efforts to curb use by our people’

* Long holiday season begins with Cambodian villagers celebrate traditional fishing festival in cultural province

* Cambodia and Thailand elevate bilateral ties to strategic partnership

Laos:

* Laos residents vent frustrations over passport application process and long waiting period

* Party time in Laos as country celebrates Lunar New Year in grand style

Brunei:

* Quiet roads amid extended weekend holidays in Brunei; capital abuzz for Chinese New Year

* Just like the movies - Smugglers smashes into cops as Brunei police foils massive contraband smuggling attempt

Participants from the Granada Masskara Dance group from the Philippines take part in the International Lunar New Year Parade on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon in Hong Kong. - AFPParticipants from the Granada Masskara Dance group from the Philippines take part in the International Lunar New Year Parade on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon in Hong Kong. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Japan’s most wanted: Fugitive emerges after 50 years on the run; another suspect nabbed days after

* Artificial intelligence takes centre stage at World Government Summit 2024

* Former Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe’s absence from Lunar New Year greetings list raises questions over fate

* Bruce Lee, Adele, Jeryl Lee: 10 celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon

* Taiwan detects eight Chinese balloons for second straight day

* 'Verses like dynamite': anti-Nazi magazine trove resurfaces

* China’s ‘protectionism’ problem at local levels must be quelled, government adviser warns Beijing

* American allies worry the US is growing less dependable, whether Trump or Biden wins

* China’s seed industry at least a generation behind as Western giants enter ‘Industry 4.0 Era’, must increase collaboration

* Swimming-Olympic champion Hafnaoui fails to qualify for 400 final

* Soccer-Afif nets penalty hat-trick as Qatar beat Jordan to retain Asian Cup crown

* Yang clinches China's ninth diving gold at world championships in Doha

* China takes titles in artistic swimming and diving to complete dominant first week at aquatics worlds

* Cricket-England's Leach ruled out of India tests with knee injury

* Disappointed fans ‘could be given partial refund over Lionel Messi no-show during Inter Miami friendly in Hong Kong’

* India's cricket superstar Kohli to miss rest of England Test series due to personal reasons; Rahul and Ravi also in doubt

* Terrible tragedy - Six-year-old Gaza girl found dead days after pleading for help

* Pakistan's Khan-backed independents lead in final poll count

* Golf-Hoshino holds his nerve to claim his first title in Qatar

* King Charles attends church in first public outing since cancer diagnosis announced

* Hong Kong authorities voice concerns over radioactive water leak at Fukushima; Japanese consulate says spill limited to surrounding soil

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