Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (Feb 27, 2023)


Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) take part in a rally in front of the French embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, to protest against the consumption of frog legs in France. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Social media providers not obligated to remove criticisms of govt, Dewan Rakyat told

* 1MDB trial adjourned as Shafee falls ill

* Ringgit likely to hit 4.20-4.40 against US dollar by year-end

* Bank Negara steps up engagements to encourage inflow to forex market

* Opposition MPs stage walkout over 'due process', Pendang rep suspended

* Datuk and wife charged with failing to return haj package fees

* Five p-hailing riders charged with motorist's murder

* Bersih hands over memorandum urging govt to implement political reforms

* Full Rukun Negara pledge recited in Dewan Rakyat for first time on Feb 27

* State Syariah criminal laws remain in force until declared invalid, Parliament told

* 'Kill switch' law in the works to stop scam transactions, Parliament told

* Health Ministry explains misconceptions about cardiology services in Malaysia

Cables run out to a floating solar panel farm on the Bedok Reservoir as apartment buildings rise in the background in Singapore. Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. In recent decades the island has also transformed into a modern international business hub with a rapidly developing economy. The boom has caused the country's water consumption to increase by over twelve times since the country's independence from Malaysia in 1965 and is only expected to continue to grow. - APCables run out to a floating solar panel farm on the Bedok Reservoir as apartment buildings rise in the background in Singapore. Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. In recent decades the island has also transformed into a modern international business hub with a rapidly developing economy. The boom has caused the country's water consumption to increase by over twelve times since the country's independence from Malaysia in 1965 and is only expected to continue to grow. - AP

Singapore:

* Taylor Swift lands in Singapore ahead of first concert on March 2

* In water-stressed Singapore, a search for new solutions to keep the taps flowing

* Hong Kong ‘losing out’ to jurisdictions such as Singapore, should exempt private credit assets from tax: industry body

* Singaporean who overstayed for 13 years nabbed in JB

* Maid under probe for allegedly beating employer’s dog to death: SPCA

* Reasons to be upbeat about S’pore’s prospects, despite difficult challenges ahead: DPM Heng

* Two months’ jail for instructor after pupil falls from flying fox

* Oil prices steady as investors weigh up Gaza ceasefire signals

* Emerging Markets -Most Asian stocks fall, Singapore stocks down almost 1.1%; forex tepid ahead of key economic data

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's largest party eyes probe into alleged election irregularities

* Indonesia plans to double palm oil replanting subsidy to 60 mln rupiah per hectare

* Two university students killed by lightning on Mount Manglayang

* Free milk and cash gifts raise risks to Indonesia and Thailand ratings

* Indonesian media outlets expect to conclude deals with digital platforms by August

* Indonesian singer Bams defies cancer to perform in KL concert in May

* Indonesia - ‘Review single-day polling format’; Gibran all set to be youngest VP

Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand attends a press conference ahead of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. - AFPPatty Tavatanakit of Thailand attends a press conference ahead of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. - AFP

Thailand:

* Top Thai actress makes dazzling appearance at Gucci Fall/Winter 2024

* Thailand charges ex-police chief over role in Red Bull heir’s 2012 hit-and-run case

* Thai opposition leader will 'fight tooth and nail' for party's survival

* Firefighters and helicopters halt huge Chiang Mai forest fire

* Thai woman nabbed in Cambodia for allegedly assisting in murder of Tawanese man

* Newly-crowned Miss Thailand 2024 vows to promote self-worth

* Thailand to work with agricultural fair-trade body ‘The Cairns’

Philippines:

* China, unhappy with Philippines, compelled to take necessary measures in Huangyan Dao waters: spokesperson

* Globetrotter Saintfiet unveiled as new Philippines football coach

* Philippine navy marks ‘interference’ in its ‘electronic capabilities’ in South China Sea

* Police dismiss torture claim in deaths of five Philippine rebels in Bohol

* Critics say ‘never again’ on Marcos uprising in the Philippines

A Louis Vuitton store in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Vietnam is scheduled to release retail figures on February 29. - BloombergA Louis Vuitton store in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Vietnam is scheduled to release retail figures on February 29. - Bloomberg

Vietnam:

* Manhunt for nearly 100 drug users who escaped from Vietnam rehab

* Last sections of Ho Chi Minh Expressway to be completed by 2025

* Woman found illegally growing 600 poppy plants

* Demand slumps for meat, eggs in Ho Chi Minh City on diet change

* Survey: Vietnam among the most sought-after emerging markets

Myanmar:

* More and more Myanmar youth attempt to flee as junta approves compulsory service; legal or illegal means

* The world is becoming less safe by the day and Myanmar among worst, warns the UN secretary general

* Myanmar hosts seminar on RCEP implementation practices

A GrabCar advertising along a road in Bangkok, Thailand. After years of spending to gain market share and fend off competition, Grab is taking steps to become a more financially mature company. It’s focusing on the bottom line following a period of swift expansion into markets from Malaysia to Thailand. - BloombergA GrabCar advertising along a road in Bangkok, Thailand. After years of spending to gain market share and fend off competition, Grab is taking steps to become a more financially mature company. It’s focusing on the bottom line following a period of swift expansion into markets from Malaysia to Thailand. - Bloomberg

Cambodia:

* Malaysia, Cambodia to convene joint trade committee - PM

* Malaysia and Cambodia to accelerate cooperation in several crucial areas, says PM Anwar

* Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet meets Anwar in Putrajaya

* US lead purchaser of Cambodian goods in January

* Special incentives offered to revitalise Preah Sihanouk

Laos:

* Laos plans to sell 4,150MW of wind power to Vietnam

* New HIV infections increase in Laos

Brunei:

* Brunei announces RM3.425bil trade surplus in December 2023; Malaysia remains biggest import partner

* Health Ministry announces Covid guideline changes

A kitchen robot by Mechatronics Research Center is pictured at the South Korean manufacturer Samsung and Oled stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the telecom industry's biggest annual gathering, in Barcelona on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The world's biggest mobile phone fair throws open its doors in Barcelona with the sector looking to artificial intelligence to try and reverse declining sales. - AFPA kitchen robot by Mechatronics Research Center is pictured at the South Korean manufacturer Samsung and Oled stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the telecom industry's biggest annual gathering, in Barcelona on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The world's biggest mobile phone fair throws open its doors in Barcelona with the sector looking to artificial intelligence to try and reverse declining sales. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Two locals among eight nabbed in Kelantan for smuggling of migrants

* Ookla president: Malaysia's top spot on 5G consistency score well-deserved

* China's Comac to showcase C919, ARJ21 jets in five South-East Asian countries

* Asian markets mostly lower as traders await fresh data

* S. Korea probes whether woman's death linked to doctor walkout

* Australian police investigate Taylor Swift's dad over alleged assault

* Taylor Swift's father 'punched me in the chops', says Australian photographer

* Alibaba's South Asian e-commerce giant Daraz announces layoffs in memo

* Woman in her 60s dies after bungee jump in South Korea mall

* Why thousands of junior doctors in South Korea are striking, and what it means for patients

* Japan PM Kishida to discuss AI with Meta's Zuckerberg on Tuesday, Fuji TV reports

* Sydney gay Mardi Gras asks police not to march after officer accused of murders

* North Korea has sent 6,700 containers of munitions to Russia, South Korea says

* Taiwan says five China coast guard ships entered waters near frontline islands

* Number of births in Japan hits record low in 2023

* Cricket-India unearth a 'gem' in Jurel to fill keeping void

* Soccer-South Korea picks Hwang Sun-hong as interim coach to replace Klinsmann

* India's 'insourcing' boom does not spell doom for outsourcing, tech execs say

* Chinese commerce minister meets with US trade representative at WTO conference in Abu Dhabi

* More China trips, less diplomacy: What does Li Qiang’s schedule reveal about the changing role of premier?

* Climate change: Hong Kong Monetary Authority to roll out risk assessment platform for banks, workforce training programmes

* Rise in Hong Kong corruption complaints to ICAC attributed to more allegations about private sector as city economy recovers

* China makeup artist recreates youth, takes years off actor, 57, transforms ordinary women into cover girls, becomes smash hit online

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