Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (Feb 12, 2024)


Protesters shout slogans as they wave yellow flags traditionally used to symbolize mourning during a rally demanding fair presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Student activists staged the rally criticizing Indonesian President Joko Widodo over his lack of neutrality after he threw his support behind presidential frontrunner Prabowo Subianto, who has picked Widodo's son Gibran Rakabuming Raka as his running mate. The world's third-largest democracy is scheduled to hold its legislative and presidential elections on Feb. 14, 2024. - AP

Malaysia:

* Detractors purposely missing the point, Nik Elin's daughter says of 'vitriol' following apex court ruling

* Be mature leaders and stop spreading fear over apex court ruling, Muda tells Perikatan

* M'sia a democracy not a theocracy, Zaid 'reminds' Umno over apex court ruling

* Terengganu govt to review state Syariah law after apex court ruling, says MB

* Ikim to help explain apex court's Kelantan Syariah code ruling to public

* Johor's one-stop investment centre to be ready this year, says MB

* A minister should be more prudent, Kedah Umno tells Nga over heritage site plan

* Lorry driver fined RM1,000 for RM30 worth of damage to neighbour's home

* Bomb threats sent to multiple govt agencies in Johor

* Foreigner arrested over Johor road rage incident

* Israel must stop ongoing actions in Gaza, abide by ICJ ruling, says Wisma Putra

* Syariah provision introduced in K'tan reflected the will of its people, says Pasir Gudang MP

Ching Hwee Gan of Singapore, left, and Daria Golovaty of Israel, right, compete in the women's 400-meter freestyle heat at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. - APChing Hwee Gan of Singapore, left, and Daria Golovaty of Israel, right, compete in the women's 400-meter freestyle heat at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. - AP

Singapore:

* Body of 57-year-old man found in waters off Singapore's Changi Point Ferry Terminal

* Million-dollar car sales fall in 2023 for second year in a row in Singapore

* More crowd control measures for MBS drone show after large turnout sparks safety concerns

* More migrants, including Singaporeans, moving Down Under

* A slow march: What Changi Airport needs to make a full recovery

* Oil begins week lower after Israel says 'concluded' Gaza strikes

* Emerging Markets - Asian FX subdued with focus on Indonesia polls and Philippine policy

* Stars and their CNY: Chow Yun Fat jogs, Rainie Yang goes marketing, Angelababy travels to Dubai

Indonesia:

* Indonesia polls favour ex-general seen bolstering ties with China

* 'Jokowi effect': How Indonesia's outgoing leader shaped election to succeed him

* Documentary on Indonesian elections ‘slanderous’, says Prabowo’s campaign team

* Indonesia students plan to protest alleged poll interference by Jokowi administration

* Indonesia votes: Polling station in KL largest in the world, says Indonesian ambassador

* Anies, Ganjar or Prabowo: Who could be Indonesia’s next president?

* Vote-buying shadows Indonesian election / * Three-way race – meet the presidential contenders

* Dance moves and deepfakes: Indonesia presidential candidates duke it out on TikTok

People give offerings and pray at Wat Mangkon temple in Chinatown in Bangkok in conjunction with the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. - AFPPeople give offerings and pray at Wat Mangkon temple in Chinatown in Bangkok in conjunction with the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. - AFP

Thailand:

* Roses and teddy bears and even Italian restaurants top the list of Valentine’s gifts

* Thai PM urges royal convoy debate in 'safe spaces' after violence

* Thai business Tycoon Vonnarat arrested for missing prosecutor’s summons order in Stark Corp scandal

* Asian markets mixed, with most closed for holidays, after S&P 500 tops 5,000

* Cheap, low-quality goods flooding Thai market due to duty exemption: private sector

* Prices of condos and houses in Phuket reach record levels

* Satellite images show over 600 hotspots in Thailand, 4,000 in Cambodia

Philippines:

* Philippines says deadly Catholic mass bombing 'mastermind' is dead

* Death toll from Philippines landslide jumps to 68

* More than half of Filipinos ‘very happy’ with love life

* Marcos to give rare speech to Australia’s parliament

* Price of gasoline down 60¢, diesel by 10¢ per litre in Philippines

* Quakes halt search at deadly landslide site in the Philippines

Ethnic Hmong women wearing traditional outfit chatting away as they celebrate on the occasion of Vietnamese Lunar New Year or Tet, in northern Vietnam's Yen Bai province on Monday, February 12, 2024. - AFPEthnic Hmong women wearing traditional outfit chatting away as they celebrate on the occasion of Vietnamese Lunar New Year or Tet, in northern Vietnam's Yen Bai province on Monday, February 12, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam's FDI forecast to remain strong through 2024, says foreign investment agency

* Russian Tycoon Mordashov wins US$500mil claim against PetroVietnam

* Vietnam is now world’s leading heritage destination - wins world travel award

* Canada: a gateway for Vietnamese businesses going global

* Vietnam needs to develop ‘national corporations’ as force to drive growth

Myanmar:

* Massacre in Myanmar - Rebels attack ships carrying military personnel and families in Rakhine state; close to 900 people including children dead

* Myanmar commemorates 77th anniversary of Union Day

* Myanmar Junta activates conscription law

Servants of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta participate in an annual ritual called Labuhan, to commemorate the coronation of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, praying for the country and its people to be safe, peaceful and prosperous near Mount Merapi in Sleman on Monday, February 12, 2024. - AFPServants of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta participate in an annual ritual called Labuhan, to commemorate the coronation of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, praying for the country and its people to be safe, peaceful and prosperous near Mount Merapi in Sleman on Monday, February 12, 2024. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia reports a new bird flu case, the brother of a nine-year-old who died of the virus

* Cambodian PM moves to add Songkran to Unesco heritage listing

* Cambodia prepped to host gems, jewellery exhibition

Laos:

* Laos urged to join Ottawa mine convention

* Laos and Luxembourg enhance cooperation in priority areas

Brunei:

* Sarawak and Sabah are popular destinations among Brunei travellers; over 1.3 million visited in 2023

* Brunei Crown Prince and family visit ex-coach's home for CNY open house

People visit during the Lunar New Year holiday at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, and one of South Korea's well known landmarks in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. - APPeople visit during the Lunar New Year holiday at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, and one of South Korea's well known landmarks in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Hundreds of civilians casualties in Israeli attacks on Rafah

* Chinese tourist hurt in fall near Mount Kinabalu checkpoint

* Malaysian-born actress Sora Ma to welcome baby in Year of the Dragon

* Ticket prices for Johor Zoo to be among lowest in Asia, says exco man

* Scammers are using AI to clone kids’ voices and fool parents in India

* Japan stakes its future on climate innovation, such as clean hydrogen, to help Asia become greener

* Academics hold 'Swiftposium' as Tay Tay heads to Australia

* Lunar New Year parade returns to Hong Kong five-year break

* North Korea develops new rocket launcher controller - state media

* Indian state's polygamy ban divides some Muslim women

* Not an easy task to put a price on climate risk

* One in five of world's migratory species at risk of extinction - UN report

* Indian police block roads to halt farmers marching to New Delhi

* Google pledges 25 million euros to boost AI skills in Europe

* NFL-Superstar Swift brings megawatt star power to Super Bowl

* Athletics-Marathon world record holder Kiptum dies in road accident

* Honda talks test Canada’s desire to move away from EV subsidies

* Tennis-Osaka optimistic despite string of defeats following return

* Japan earmarks US$300mil to fire up chip research at home

* Qatar frees eight Indians months after dropping death sentences

* Robot invasion hit a bump in 2023 as North American economy cooled

* Political leaders wrangle over premiership after inconclusive Pakistan vote

* Nvidia CEO Huang says countries must build sovereign AI infrastructure

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