Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Feb 17, 2024)


A terrapin peers out of the water in a pond at Marina Bay East Park in Singapore. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Three Malaysian NGO leaders listed on FBI's Terrorist Screening Centre, barred from Op Ihsan

* PM Anwar urges adherence to regulations in raising funds for charity

* Malaysia Madani rice announcement 'clumsy', not legal, says Ronald Kiandee

* Kapar plane crash: Wait for AAIB statement on 'no-fly' order, says Loke

* No decision made on creating new Malaysia Madani rice category, says Mat Sabu

* Johor allocates over RM63mil for housing upgrades and maintenance

* Over RM1.6mil lost in two scam incidents, say Johor cops

* 10 areas recorded alert-level hot weather status, says MetMalaysia

* Transport Ministry to discuss declining rates with Grab representatives

* Existing public cancer treatment facilities adequate despite rising cases, says Dr Dzul

* Let's get back to work, says Ling Tian Soon after Johor exco reshuffle

* Our fate lies with courts and Dewan Rakyat Speaker, says Labuan MP ahead of Bersatu EGM

A farmer carries harvested tomatoes with Mount Semeru in the background in Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia. - Antara Photo via ReutersA farmer carries harvested tomatoes with Mount Semeru in the background in Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia. - Antara Photo via Reuters

Singapore:

* Singapore plans a huge RM17.7bil fund for clean energy transition

* Singapore engineer pivots from oil rigs to 'fish farm of the future' to ensure enough food supply in republic

* Singapore tables 2024 budget with small surplus

* Singapore announces expanded social, corporate support in 2024

* Oil records weekly gain on Middle East tensions

Indonesia:

* Optimism in Asean as Prabowo presidency heralds a more active role for Indonesia

* From caterer to vice-president - Jokowi’s son rises to the top, securing the outgoing leader’s legacy

* The global south needs a leader. Why not Indonesia?

* Prabowo cruising to the Indonesian presidency - Defence Minister on course to win with more than half of votes counted

* Alliances relying on family ties - The Indonesian political sitution / * Families of tortured activists shocked at Prabowo’s win

Thailand's Rawinda Prajongjai reaches for a return as teammate Jongkolphan Kititharakul (back) looks on during their women's doubles semi-final match against Indonesia's Lanny Tria Mayasari and Ribka Sugiarto at the 2024 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Selangor, on Saturday, February 17, 2024. - AFPThailand's Rawinda Prajongjai reaches for a return as teammate Jongkolphan Kititharakul (back) looks on during their women's doubles semi-final match against Indonesia's Lanny Tria Mayasari and Ribka Sugiarto at the 2024 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Selangor, on Saturday, February 17, 2024. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai graft agency called in to investigate why Thaksin was allowed to stay in hospital for so long

* Freeing Thaksin is in accordance according of the law, says Thailand's justice minister

* Jailed former Thai premier Thaksin to be released on Sunday, PM says

* Rolls-Royce ditched as Thai Air’s engine supplier in new jet deal

Philippines:

* Philippines accuses Chinese boats of 'dangerous' actions

* Philippines vows to respond to China’s ‘dangerous’ vows at South China Sea

* Philippine economy posts South-East Asia’s fastest expansion in 2023

* MyEG in JV to improve Philippines social services

South Korea fans in the stands during the women's singles group stage match between South Korea's Lee Zion and Malaysia's Alice Chang Li Sian at the Table Tennis TTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre, Busan, South Koreaon Saturday, February 17, 2024. - ReutersSouth Korea fans in the stands during the women's singles group stage match between South Korea's Lee Zion and Malaysia's Alice Chang Li Sian at the Table Tennis TTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre, Busan, South Koreaon Saturday, February 17, 2024. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* Vietnam dangles chip incentives to draw foreign companies: Nikkei Asia

* Vietnamese culinary delights among Asia's finest fish dishes, reports magazine

* Vietnam rice activity and export picking up but India rates steady at record highs

* Riding the rails for Spring Festival joy in Vietnam

Myanmar:

* Analysis - Myanmar junta's conscription plan lays bare toll of fighting rebels

* Queues getting longer outside Thai Yangon embassy as youth try to escape conscription

* Myanmar villagers pick through rubble of homes devastated by war

* Just plain fed up! - Thousands in Myanmar seeking to leave after junta announces draft

A farmer herds a flock of his cows to a grass field near the Kravanh mountain in Kampong Speu province, southwestern Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - APA farmer herds a flock of his cows to a grass field near the Kravanh mountain in Kampong Speu province, southwestern Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AP

Cambodia:

* Hun Many, Cambodia PM's younger brother, is all set to become country's new DPM

* Monkeypox cases on rise in Cambodia; health ministry now confirms 12th case

* Cambodia and Thailand to jointly tackle PM2.5 pollution on border

* Sweeping up plastic waste by making brooms out of it in Cambodia

Laos:

*India and Laos all set to enhance cooperation and trade investment; major plans ahead says forum

* Mekong Delta localities promote collective trademarks

Brunei:

* New programme in Brunei University promotes Islamic technology development

* Giant flag hoisting heralds Brunei's 40th National Day celebration

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a shot on the third day of the third cricket test match between England and India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. - APIndia's Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a shot on the third day of the third cricket test match between England and India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysia beat Japan 3-1 to storm into Asia Team Championships final

* Strengthening TVET, halal industry focus of Zahid's visit to Japan

* Eight people killed in India's Tamil Nadu fireworks factory explosion

* American top gun Blinken and China's Wang discuss Russia and US sanctions

* China foreign minister warns against decoupling at Munich Security Conference

* #MeToo battle at Sundance - Japanese journalist brings her real-life struggles to light in a new documentary

* In South-East Asia, streaming subscriptions have slowed, but revenue continues to climb

* Japan successfully launches new H3 rocket after failure last year

* Taiwan agrees to bring in Indian migrant workers to ease job crunch

* Getting hitched in style - Wedding bus a new fad among China’s newly-weds

* US still seeks delayed Pacific islands funds amid China’s lobbying push in region: senior diplomat

* China wants to build a ‘silver economy’ for its ageing society – but who will keep it running?

* Govt vows ‘legal action’ as junior docs in South Korea plan to resign en mass

* French journalist says India is forcing her to leave

* Australian authorities say more Sydney sites tainted with asbestos

* Transnational ring busted - Seven arrested over record HK$14bil money laundering case

* G7 foreign ministers observe a minute's silence for Navalny

* Young 'Superstar' Jaiswal's ton puts India in charge of England Test

* Cricket-India's Ashwin withdraws from England test due to family emergency

* Motor racing-Red Bull's new car may have moved the goalposts again

* Golf-Woods withdraws due to illness in first PGA Tour start since April

* China flying high as Netherlands continue to impress at swimming world championships in Doha

* 30% of Hong Kong international schools expect expat applications to fall over next 5 years, as some predict surge in local demand

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