Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (Feb 23, 2024)


Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto walks with Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles after their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, February 23, 2024 in this photo taken by Antara Foto via Reuters.

Malaysia:

* Don’t compare weakening ringgit to 1998 Asian financial crisis, says Anwar

* Govt to decide on Madani white rice issue today, says Anwar

* Malaysia agrees to increase financial aid to UNRWA, says Anwar

* Madani Economy framework to tackle social, economic issues plaguing Malaysia - PM Anwar

* Malaysia posts inflation of 1.5% in January

* Wisma Putra lodges police report over leaked diplomatic note

* Sabah Customs seizes over 200kg of meth in year's biggest drug haul

* Israel must cease violating international laws and Palestinian rights, says Malaysia

* Towering skyscrapers give no meaning if people still trapped in poverty, says Sultan Nazrin

* 'GOLD' number plate revenue helps cover bus and taxi drivers' Socso contributions, says Loke

* 1MDB, lack of competitiveness since 1998 financial crisis behind ringgit's decline, says economist

* Robust anti-corruption measures underscore govt's dedication to nurturing transparent, equitable business environment, says Sultan Nazrin

The South Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team performs during the first day of the Singapore Airshow in Singapore. - APThe South Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team performs during the first day of the Singapore Airshow in Singapore. - AP

Singapore:

* Singapore supports immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, release of hostages, says minister at G-20 meet

* Record numbers at Singapore Airshow as post-Covid boom raises hopes

* Singapore core inflation eases to 3.1% in January, but February data may pick up on CNY effect

* Survey: Singapore’s leading dating app Tinder draws more socialisers than serious daters

* Faster cooling in Singapore's inflation puts focus on monetary outlook

* Post-pandemic recovery fuels robust attendance - and hopes - at Singapore Airshow

* Observers call for tweaks to expand Singapore's budget’s reach

* Emerging economies need growth to repay debt

* Oil set to snap winning streak after Fed says in no rush to cut US rates

Indonesia:

* Asean countries let down by Taylor Swift Eras Tour snub can shake it off by upping their game, say experts

* Jokowi inaugurates largest port for eastern region with aims of boosting logistics efficiency in country

* Indonesia and Australia to sign defence pact within months, says Aussie minister

* Emerging Markets - Indonesian policy rates unchanged as Asian Forex stays muted

* Meta: No need to pay for news content posted voluntarily

* Looking into the eye of the storm after first massive tornado strikes

Williams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car for a Formula One pre season test at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. - APWilliams driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his car for a Formula One pre season test at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. - AP

Thailand:

* Thailand's exports jump 10 per cent in January, highest in 19 months

* Thai beauty pageant’s 900% stock rally defies warning, even beats Miss Universe

* 36 Malaysian tourists injured in bus crash in Thailand

* Thai PM unveils roadmap - roadmap to develop the country as a regional hub for tourism

* EV sector grapples with layoffs, production cuts and altered plans

Philippines:

* Eight Philippine rebels killed in clashes, confirms army

* Philippines becomes first Asian country to ratify ILO convention

* China’s coastguard claims it drove off Philippine ship from disputed Scarborough Shoal

* 15 killed after truck falls into a deep ravine in the Philippines

* Chinese claim of intrusion ‘inaccurate’

A vendor (left) sells fresh orange juice to a customer on the side of a road in Hanoi on Friday, February 23, 2024. - AFPA vendor (left) sells fresh orange juice to a customer on the side of a road in Hanoi on Friday, February 23, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Global wealth intelligence firm expects Vietnam to be among the world’s top wealth growth nation in the next decade

* Vietnam's exports of fruit and vegetables to hit a record RM31bil in 2024

* Vietnam working with UK authorities and verify info on seven Vietnamese migrants detected in UK

* One dead, two missing in fishing boat crash in central Vietnam

* Vietnam's rice sector works on US$5bil export target

Myanmar:

* Countries 'reaching beyond borders' to silence dissidents, says Human Rights Watch

* Over 7,000 Myanmar nationals seek entry to Thailand amid junta's mandatory service plan

* UN expert: Junta becoming ‘increasingly desperate’

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles delivers his speech during a press briefing with Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, February 23, 2024. - Antara Foto via ReutersAustralian Defence Minister Richard Marles delivers his speech during a press briefing with Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, February 23, 2024. - Antara Foto via Reuters

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM Hun Manet urges greater support for kingdom's 2025 mine-free goal

* Poverty reduction and smallholder development project and plans in Cambodia wins international recognition

* Cambodia PM’s brother becomes his deputy in push to extend power

Laos:

* Lao schools’ disciplinary methods spark fiery online anger among parents

* Railway combining Laos-China fuels tourism boom for Lao people

Brunei:

* Brunei set for gala celebration as it gears up for 40th anniversary; China among first to congratulate Sultan Hassanal

* Brunei's GallopAir, buyer of COMAC planes, eyes year-end launch

Japanese Emperor Naruhito (third right) accompanied by Empress Masako, (second right) and Princess Aiko. Crown Prince Akishino (third left) Crown Princess Kiko (second left) and Princess Kako waves to well-wishers on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Emperor Naruhito celebrated his 64th birthday. - APJapanese Emperor Naruhito (third right) accompanied by Empress Masako, (second right) and Princess Aiko. Crown Prince Akishino (third left) Crown Princess Kiko (second left) and Princess Kako waves to well-wishers on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Emperor Naruhito celebrated his 64th birthday. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Fried chicken becomes most sought-after dish for travellers in South Korea in 2023

* China benefits from global stability even as it tries to undercut it, US official says

* China food security: Inflated crop yields threaten ‘rigour, authority’ of scientific research

* Several injured in 100-car pile on icy China expressway

* Finnish businessman still interested in Inter Milan despite Singapore troubles

* ANALYSIS - Pressure grows on China for big policy moves to fix economy

* China's "dragon" baby boom may boost population in 2024, says report

* How AI health care chatbots learn from the questions of an Indian women's organisation

* With spears and shields, India's Nihang Sikh warriors join farmers' protest

* Policeman charged with murder of Australian TV presenter and boyfriend

* Protesting Indian farmers burn effigies of Modi and other ministers

* Yoon’s approval rating climbs after South Korean doctors strike

* Hong Kong health experts recommend Covid XBB variant jabs for non-high-risk groups as initial vaccination

* Debris from North Korean missile in Ukraine could expose procurement networks

* Chinese team’s memory leap shrinks data centre storage capacity into DVD-sized disk

* Cricket super Test duel - 'Masterful' Root rescues England with an unbeaten 106 after early wickets

* US charges yakuza gang leader for illicit arms deal / * Uber Eats’ self-driving delivery robots hit Japan

* Enticing more Chinese tourists to South-East Asia and beyond - China’s travel boom buoys global expectations

* Hong Kong police arrest 3 suspected triad members in connection with assault on motorist after argument with alleged jaywalker

* Safety belt ‘may have played pivotal role’ in saving life of Hong Kong worker, 51, who fell 19 floors in fatal scaffolding collapse

* Which were the most used apps in China during Lunar New Year? Familiar names like Tencent and ByteDance dominated top 5

* China sex scandal teacher suspended after husband exposes affair with 16-year-old student, 2.5 billion view story of forbidden love online

* China social media praises Taiwan singer over his reluctance to see wife endure pain of childbirth, comments attract 270 million views online

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