Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (Feb 13, 2023)


Officers on horseback transport ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations, ahead of the presidential election, in the Meru Betiri National Park area, Andongrejo Village, Tempurejo, Jember, East Java, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.- Antara Foto/Seno via REUTERS.

Malaysia:

* Malaysia named second friendliest country in Asia

* El Nino: Local crops, food supplies under control, unaffected, says Mat Sabu

* Civil servants to be evaluated using DEEP system starting this year

* Khaled confirms ex-LTAT chairman resigned, not retired

* Dr M being treated at IJN, trial of defamation suit against Zahid postponed

* 1MDB trial: Abu Kassim was replaced to protect Najib from investigation, says witness

* Babysitter claims trial to abusing infant in Nilai daycare centre

* PAS steps up efforts to consolidate federal and state syariah laws

* Ebit Lew sent photo of male genitals on March 14, 2021, says complainant

* ‘Force of the Future’ among strategic considerations to boost security, says Khaled Nordin

* Azalina launches 'Sulu Fraud vs Malaysia's Truth' ebook during working visit to Brussels

* Light aircraft crashes near Kapar in Klang / SAR underway for victims of Kapar light aircraft crash, says Bomba

Singapore's Ching Hwee Gan competes in a heat of the women's 400m freestyle swimming event during the 2024 World Aquatics Championships at Aspire Dome in Doha. - AFPSingapore's Ching Hwee Gan competes in a heat of the women's 400m freestyle swimming event during the 2024 World Aquatics Championships at Aspire Dome in Doha. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore: Jail for 64-year-old man who molested and stole from victim with cerebral palsy

* Singapores checkpoints record 193 million travellers in 2023

* All foreigners can use automated lanes at checkpoints from second half of 2024: ICA

* Singapore, Traveloka strengthen ties to attract Thai & South-East Asian travellers

* Over 19,000 people celebrate Chinese New Year at Singapore Istana despite rain showers

* Born premature, these quadruplets beat the odds to thrive

* Oil prices edge up on Middle East risk

* Resort taking extra safety steps after high turnout at dragon-themed drone show

* Asian equities higher; Indonesian rupiah edges up ahead of elections

Indonesia:

* Indonesian polls: By boat, cow and maybe even elephant – how ballot boxes reach remote areas

* Indonesia in final stretch ahead of world's biggest single-day election

* Civil society questions integrity of Indonesian elections / Presidential candidates duke it out on TikTok

* Indonesian presidential polls too close to call

* Indonesia’s next leader must turn EV dollars into jobs, growth

* Jokowi orders agency to ‘flood market’ with rice

* Addressing poverty and unemployment through education in Indonesia

* New energy rule in Indonesia a bane for rooftop solar systems

Thai monarchy reform activist Tantawan People take photos with a giant heart installation in front of Central World shopping mall in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, on the eve of Valentine's Day. - AFP

Thai monarchy reform activist Tantawan A vendor places a bouquet on display ahead of Valentine's Day at Dangwa Flower Market in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, February 13, 2024. - Reuters

People take photos with a giant heart installation in front of Central World shopping mall in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, on the eve of Valentine's Day. - AFPA student carries a bouquet of roses in Pak Khlong Talat flower market in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, on the eve of Valentine's Day. - AFP

Thailand:

* Two dead and three wounded in a bomb explosion in Thailand's Narathiwat

* Thailand declares extra holiday to sustain tourism recovery

* Thai cabinet approves US$15.7bil more in new borrowing for 2024 fiscal year

* Jailed Thai ex-PM Thaksin to be freed: justice minister

* Thai reporter arrested over protest graffiti coverage

* Printed pants: the ‘elephant’ in the room

* Thai police warn public of scams by would-be lotharios on Valentine’s Day

* Thailand to create asset firm to tackle soaring household debt

Philippines:

* South-East Asia region hit by 36 disasters last week; Philippines and Indonesia most affected

* Marcos orders FDA to further streamline drug approval process

* Expert commends Philippine efforts to expose China actions in South China Sea

* Philippine - Boat harassed in South China Sea

* Marcos to give rare speech to Australia’s parliament

A vendor places a bouquet on display ahead of Valentine's Day at Dangwa Flower Market in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, February 13, 2024. - ReutersDrones fly in the shape of the dragon over a theme park to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Nanning, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Chinese people are enjoying a weeklong holiday for the Lunar New Year and visiting various temple fairs and carnivals held in the cities around China. - Chinatopix via AP

Vietnam:

* Malaysia celebrates cultural exchange at Nyugen Hue Flower street festival in Vietnam

* Emerging Markets - Asian stocks rise, FX steady; all eyes on US inflation data

* Vietnam - Delta farmers apply solar power for cost-efficient production

* Vietnamese painter makes reverse glass abstracts in minutes

* Vietnam’s agricultural products benefit from processing

Myanmar:

* 10 injured after major vehicle crash in southern Myanmar

* Displaced residents return to Hpakant after a month of violence

* Myanmar marks 77th anniversary of Union Day

A student carries a bouquet of roses in Pak Khlong Talat flower market in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, on the eve of Valentine's Day. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Rising issue - Cambodia records 10th confirmed case of monkey pox

* More than one million tourists travel in Cambodia during Chinese New Year

* Manet seeking investment on Australian visit

Laos:

* South-East Asia powers ahead on path to energy security; Asean chair Laos says move is best forward

* Laos eyes over six million tourists in 2024

Brunei:

* Four arrested in India over Brunei visa scam

* Solo expedition across Brunei to mark National Day begins

Drones fly in the shape of the dragon over a theme park to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Nanning, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Chinese people are enjoying a weeklong holiday for the Lunar New Year and visiting various temple fairs and carnivals held in the cities around China. - Chinatopix via AP

AseanPlus:

* Nepali feared drowned after falling into choppy waters while on video call in Kuantan

* K-pop star Lisa of Blackpink to make acting debut in 'The White Lotus'

* Police use tear gas against Indian farmers marching to New Delhi to demand guaranteed crop prices

* Don't feed the pandas: Man banned from panda park for life for throwing 'objects' into an enclosure

* Another phase of humanitarian catastrophe 'at our doorstep', says UNGA chief

* Biden on TikTok: ‘Lol’ or national security worry?

* 'Better than a real man': young Chinese women turn to AI boyfriends

* Malaysian shares the benefits of exploring Perth on foot

* Why are deepfakes everywhere? Can they be stopped?

* Indian farmers gear up for another protest over prices

* South Korea’s CJ Logistics speeds up overseas expansion

* K-pop artistes’ fight against ‘stans’

* Chinas young generation powering gold rush

* Down on the farm, South Korean granny rappers drop the beat

* UNRWA chief deplores 'short-sighted' calls to dismantle agency

* AI frenzy puts Nvidia briefly ahead of Amazon in market value

* IMF’s Georgieva says Mideast growth to slow in 2024 on oil cuts

* Doctor fired over his engagement photoshoot in India

* Scandal-mired Toyota group automaker Daihatsu reshuffles leadership

* Three COP summit hosts unite to raise climate ambitions

* X hopes to lure creators, take on YouTube with new ad targeting

* China urges Israel to stop military operation in Rafah 'as soon as possible'

* Independent members welcome to form government if they can show majority, Pakistan ex-PM Shehbaz Sharif says

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