Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (Feb 25, 2024)


Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple during a ceremony commemorating Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province outside Bangkok, Thailand. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Civil service remuneration scheme review to be expedited, says Anwar

* MetMalaysia issues Level 1 heatwave alert for 12 areas

* Two Malaysians in Guantanamo await return, pending diplomatic efforts

* Over 16 million foreign tourists visited Johor in 2023, says Tourism Johor director

* Taiping woman loses more than RM180,000 through parcel scam

* PM: Naccol given until March 20 to fix padi, rice price issues

* Gov't to introduce targeted urban agriculture programme, says Anwar

* Pewaris to empower women, especially in economic and educational aspects, says Ahmad Zahid

* Surging wave of global condemnation against Israeli atrocities, says Mohamad Hasan

* Buying momentum expected to be sustained on Bursa Malaysia from Monday (Feb 26) onwards

* Ringgit likely to trade at current level next week and stay between 4.76 and 4.77 level against US dollar

* Nurul Izzah Izzati wins gold at Asian Track Cycling Championships

A Skytrain shuttles passengers between terminals through the Jewel complex at Changi Airport. The nature-themed complex boasts the world's tallest indoor waterfall surrounded by a five story indoor garden with thousands of trees, plants, ferns and shrubs. Singapore has become a global hub for water technology, being home to nearly 200 water companies and over 20 research centers and hosts a biennial International Water Week. - APA Skytrain shuttles passengers between terminals through the Jewel complex at Changi Airport. The nature-themed complex boasts the world's tallest indoor waterfall surrounded by a five story indoor garden with thousands of trees, plants, ferns and shrubs. Singapore has become a global hub for water technology, being home to nearly 200 water companies and over 20 research centers and hosts a biennial International Water Week. - AP

Singapore:

* Spate of knife incidents sparks in Singapore calls for security checks, controls over access to blades

* Record numbers at 2024 Singapore Airshow as post-Covid boom raises hopes

* Singapore engineer pivots from oil rigs to 'fish farm of the future'

* Singapore education system - Lesson material raises ire

* Taylor-made: South-East Asian countries stung by Taylor Swift tour snub are shaking it off with new funds, new rules

Indonesia:

* Jokowi calls for sustainable water use and ensure it becomes an energy source in Indonesia

* The ‘Hunger Games’ election and intergenerational trauma in Indonesia

* Indonesia reduces number of civil servants relocated to new capital city

* The future’s bright for Indonesia - investors are happy with the continuity and stability

People perform a dragon dance during Cap Go Meh festival on the occasion of the last day for Lunar New Year of the Dragon celebrations, at a shopping mall in Bogor, West Java. - AFPPeople perform a dragon dance during Cap Go Meh festival on the occasion of the last day for Lunar New Year of the Dragon celebrations, at a shopping mall in Bogor, West Java. - AFP

Thailand:

* Local heroine Patty Tavatanakit holds off charging Valenzuela to win LPGA Thailand

* Nearly 300 Malaysian couples confirm marriage documents in Songkhla daily, says consulate general

* Thai PM says ex-premier Thaksin weak but ‘happy’ after detention release

* ‘We Thais need to stop screaming conspiracies and start talking sensibly’

Philippines:

* Two dead in residential fire in Philippine capital Manila

* Philippine protesters say 'never again' on anniversary of anti-Marcos uprising

* Philippines accuses China of attempting to block another vessel

* Navalny, Ninoy, and opposition leadership

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand poses with the trophy after winning the 2024 Honda LPGA Thailand golf tournament at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Sunday, February 25, 2024. - AFPPatty Tavatanakit of Thailand poses with the trophy after winning the 2024 Honda LPGA Thailand golf tournament at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Sunday, February 25, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnamese film 'Cu Li never cries' wins prize at Berlinale Film Festival

* Vietnam police seek prosecution of 51 people as major stock manipulation probe ends

* Vietnam's VinFast seeks India EV import duty cut as plant construction starts

* Kelantan MMEA nabs 23 Vietnamese fishermen, seizes two vessels

Myanmar:

* Thailand is the quick route escape for many in Myanmar consider fleeing after new army law

* Delivery Hero ends talks to sell Foodpanda in South-East Asia; German firm remains owner in Asean

* Sri Lankan President highlights plans to link Hambantota with Myanmar

Member of parliament and Cambodia's former prime minister Hun Sen (L) greets commune councillors after he cast his vote at a polling station during the Senate election in Takhmao city, Kandal province on Sunday, February 25, 2024. - AFPMember of parliament and Cambodia's former prime minister Hun Sen (L) greets commune councillors after he cast his vote at a polling station during the Senate election in Takhmao city, Kandal province on Sunday, February 25, 2024. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian People's Party strengthen their position after sweeping victory in Senate election

* Cambodia's ruling party wins sweeping victory in Senate election; ex-PM Hun Sen returns to frontline politics

* Cambodia ex-PM Hun Sen returns to frontline politics for senate seat

Laos:

* Rising issues as dengue fever cases hit 1,075 in Laos since January

* Laos: Vientiane and Asean to enhance energy security

Brunei:

* Brunei holds National Day celebration in grand style in the capital

* Buying momentum expected to be sustained on Bursa Malaysia from Monday (Feb 26) onwards

A woman watches her child play on an art installation on display at a high-end outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. - APA woman watches her child play on an art installation on display at a high-end outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysian woman, 57, dies on Emirates flight to KL after medical emergency landing in Chennai

* Devotees flock to Pangkor Sri Pathira Kaliamman Temple for Maasi Magam festival

* Ex-All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams attends 'Solat Subuh Macam Jumaat' campaign in Putrajaya

* Singer Wu Chun celebrated CNY with former Brunei royalty

* Tokyo’s Hello Kitty theme park closed for ‘terrorist’ security alert

* Convenience store stabbing in Japan kills one, injures two, NHK says

* Disney and Reliance said to have signed binding India merger pact

* China's former richest person Zong Qinghou dead at 79, confirms his establshment

* Emperor Naruhito expresses grief over deadly Koto quake

* Sumo champ demoted over protege’s bullying

* Pakistan's Imran pushes IMF on election rigging probe

* India's Assam scraps colonial-era Muslim marriage law

* Young Indian protesters determined to secure agrarian reforms from Modi govt

* Guizhou's natural wonders, cultural diversity leave this Malaysian in awe

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

* At least 15 killed in Nanjing fire; another 44 injured after incident at residential area

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

* Cricket-Australia sweep T20 series against NZ in rain-affected clash

* HK singer Alex To, 62, says he and 36YO wife are trying for a second child

* Cricket-England 145 all out, setting India target of 192 to win

* Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 29,692; ceasefire negotiations still going on

* China zooms ahead in space race - Advancement of China’s space programme is serving as a wake-up call for the US

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

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