Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (Feb 20, 2024)


South Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team performs in their T-50's during an aerial display at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Centre, in Singapore, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - Reuterse

Malaysia:

* Aide says Dr M is conscious, dismisses claim he is in critical condition

* Federal Court upholds constitutionality of vernacular schools in Malaysia

* Rafizi denies Padu’s security was breached

* King gets GOLD 1 number plate with RM1.5mil winning bid

* Government will always uphold constitutionally enshrined special position of Malays, says PM

* Malaysia's trade, exports return to expansion in January

* Bank Negara governor to address questions on ringgit's slide, says PM

* French man rescued after eight-hour ordeal in Teluk Bahang

* Malaysian man jailed in New Zealand for raping sleeping partner

* Future of professional journalism intact despite emergence of AI, says Fahmi

* Important milestone for the development of the supply chain profession in Malaysia

* Malaysian oncologists perform country's first heel bone replacement with 3D printed mould

Indonesia's Defence Minister and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (right) gestures to the media as he poses with Australia's Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell following their meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - AFPIndonesia's Defence Minister and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (right) gestures to the media as he poses with Australia's Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell following their meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* Nurse convicted of molesting male patient at an eye hospital in Singapore

* Singapore lures Taylor Swift with grant for sold-out March concerts

* Singapore Airshow kicks off with aerial displays; Boeing and China's COMAC announce new orders

* Singapore: Stepfather jailed after sexually abused girl gets help through law firm’s website

* Accused in S$3 billion money laundering case handed six new charges related to forgery

* Four years’ jail for married man who tried to kill lover by pouring acid on her, slashing her with parang

* Ed Sheeran endorses straps from S’pore brand Delugs for his ‘priceless’ Patek Philippe watch

* Eight-year old boy who lives in Singapore becomes youngest chess player to beat a grandmaster

* Singapore - City-state takes flight towards sustainability

* S’pore aerospace sector to hire 2,500 more workers / Singapore economists applaud ‘impressive’ Budget 2024

Indonesia:

* Indonesia and Timor Leste sign MoU on MSMEs collaboration

* Indonesia issues regulations requiring digital platforms to pay media for content

* Defeated Indonesian election candidates call for parliamentary probe

* Indonesia - Finance Ministry approves Greater Bandung LRT project

* Jokowi begins post-election manoeuvring to play 'bridge builder'

* TikTok violates Indonesian in-app transactions ban, says minister

* China expects sustained, sound ties with Indonesia after polls

* Indonesian govt looking towards ‘Swiftonomics’ to boost tourism income

* Indonesia - Prabowo inherits country striving to level up

Pheu Thai Party leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra speaks to the press as she arrives at a football match between members of the current Thai coalition government and members of the media in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Pheu Thai Party leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra speaks to the press as she arrives at a football match between members of the current Thai coalition government and members of the media in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

Thailand:

* Thai PM seeks emergency rate cut, pressuring country's central bank

* Thai deputy PM insists Srettha has full power as premier, no interference from Thaksin

* Committee says no to extending sales hours of alcoholic beverages in Thailand

* Thai tourism ministry pushes for benefits to attract foreign filmmakers

* Thaksin meets Thai prosecutors

* Asia stocks dip, unimpressed by China rate cut

* Oil hovers near three-week high on Middle East tensions, China demand

Philippines:

* China says Philippines 'stirs up trouble' in South China Sea with joint air patrol with US

* Philippine troops clash with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that has left at least eight dead

* US, Philippines hold air patrol, drawing China rebuke

* One in three Filipinos hit by cyberthreats hidden in ‘thumb drives’

* Philippines seizes hundreds of giant clam shell pieces

* Army: At least seven dead in clashes with militants

South Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team performs in their T-50's during an aerial display at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Centre, in Singapore, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - ReutersSouth Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team performs in their T-50's during an aerial display at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Centre, in Singapore, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* Booming business - Vietnamese airlines serve 1.5 million passengers during Lunar New Year holiday

* Vietnam to consider expanding visa waiver and entice more tourists in 2024

* PetroVietnam unsatisfied with court decision after Power Machines' legal victory

* Vietnam’s forex rates forecast to be under control in 2024

* Vietnam calls for review of regulations for interest deductions

* Promoting development of green agriculture - Vietnam takes measures to ensure sustainable growth

Myanmar:

* Two killed in crush as hundreds queue for passports in Myanmar

* Myanmar interested in BRICS, blocs work on single currency

* Two killed, nine injured in southern Myanmar vehicle crash

A man collects palm juice from the top of palm tree for making palm wine outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. - APA man collects palm juice from the top of palm tree for making palm wine outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. - AP

Cambodia:

* South-East Asian region contends with far-reaching psychological effects of wildfire smoke

* Cambodia looks to import Indian tigers to revive big cat population

* Cambodia welcomes five cruise ships over 10 days

Laos:

* Asean: Japan working to align with bloc's 2045 community vision and its strategic plan

* Laos marks Visit Laos Year 2024 with fun-filled Elephant Festival

* Laos aims to improve standard in health sector; major improvement to be seen before end of 2024

Brunei:

* It's going to be real hot and dry until March, says Brunei's Met Dept

* Brunei expects over 400,000 tourists in 2026

* Proton vehicle sales up 87% in Brunei last year, a new record

China's Comac C919 airplane flies past during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - AFPChina's Comac C919 airplane flies past during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysian ringgit at 26-yr low, yuan wobbly after China cuts mortgage reference rates

* Asean taxonomy version 2 made effective from Feb 19

* Tok Mat to participate in ICJ advisory opinion procedure on Palestine issue

* Malaysian claims she was detained in China for carrying friend's pills

* EV automakers urged to consider making Malaysia their EV hubs in Asean - Tengku Zafrul

* Japan introduces ‘restrictive’ six-month digital nomad visa

* Chinese tourists flock to South-East Asia as overseas travel bounces back

* For South Korea’s top students, smart money is on medical school over chips

* S. Korean trainee doctors walk off job over medical school slots

* Taiwan says China triggered 'panic' by boarding tourist boat

* Australia says to build biggest navy since World War II

* Indian farmers reject government offer and say they will carry on marching to New Delhi

* North Korea's Kim Jong Un receives car as gift from Putin - KCNA

* Watch out for humps as camels cross scenic desert spot in China

* Long charging lines, snow stymie EV drivers in China New Year

* Carmakers in Japan forge ahead with EV investments despite slowdown

* Australia to invest additional A$11.1 billion over next decade in defence

* Cricket-England coach McCullum backs struggling Bairstow to come good

* Election watchdog busts political deepfakes ahead of South Korea’s April general election

* New faces set to lead China-US climate ties / China’s ice and snow city lifts ties with Europe

* S.Korea forced labour victim receives "compensation" from Japanese firm, family lawyer says

* ‘Stop harassing Chinese students’ - China’S public security minister called on the US homeland security secretary

* At least 26 killed in tribal violence - At least 26 men were massacred in tribal violence in Papua New Guinea,

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