Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Thursday (Feb 29)


Fans of US singer Taylor Swift, also known as Swifties, taking pictures of a light and water show in the "Eras Tour Trail" that depicts different eras of the pop star's career at Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore on Feb 28, 2024. More than 300,000 Swifties from Singapore and neighbouring countries will attend the US superstar's six sold-out Eras Tour shows at the National Stadium from March 2-9. - AFP

Malaysia

* Selangor Ruler issues royal rebuke at Hadi

* Momentary chaos hits Selangor state assembly over Sultan's letter to Hadi Awang

* SST hike: 85% of domestic electricity bills in Peninsula not affected

* Tengku Zafrul: Malaysia expects higher approved investments this year, beating last year's record

* Ringgit undervalued by up to 10%, Amir Hamzah tells Dewan Rakyat

* Ministers involved in corruption must be dropped from Cabinet, says Anwar

* Use technology to end "Ali Baba practices", proposes Johari

* MACC is still looking for Muhyiddin's son-in-law, says Azam

* Potential MYAirline investor cancels deal, says Loke

* Unfair for Bersatu six to lose seats after party's constitution amended, says Mas Ermieyati

* Two Bersatu MPs willing to vacate seats in accordance with party constitution

* Ex-religious teacher escapes gallows for murdering girlfriend, gets 33 years instead

* Transport Ministry plans to refurbish ETS, Komuter trains to increase frequency

* Court strikes out Shafee's appeal to file counterclaim on tax arrears

* Car for medal winners at Paris Olympics, says Hannah

* Hawker jailed, fined RM12,000 for dragging dog with motorbike

* Sabah committed to enhancing tourism ties with Singapore

* EPF to unveil Account 3 in April: Amir Hamzah

* Anwar puzzled at lack of support from Opposition for MACC anti-graft probes

* Up to AGC to reinstate charges against Ahmad Zahid, says MACC chief

* Malaysia's economy expected to improve in near term - DoSM

Singapore

* Man jailed 15 months over phishing scams involving OCBC customers

* Suspended lawyer charged with five counts of assault, six counts of harassment

* Beyond a swift lift to Singapore’s Q1 economy, Taylor’s concerts can deliver long-term dividends

* Victims lose S$1.2mil to fraudulent fund recovery services since January 2024

* Boy, 3, allegedly locked in dark room and shouted at by pre-school teachers; police investigating

Thailand

* US media concerned over Thai doctor’s death from restaurant food

* Thailand deploys 30 rain-making jets to battle drought, pollution

* Srettha tells TAT to brainstorm on ways to ‘ignite’ Thailand

* Thai Jan factory output shrinks for 16th month, auto production drags

* Ministry preparing to submit Thai national costume to Unesco for listing

* Thailand to ban recreational cannabis use by year-end, says health minister

Indonesia

* Prabowo eyes former bankers for Indonesia finance minister role

* Oil warehouse explosion in Lampung: Police find 50 fuel tanks

* Indonesia hopeful rice prices to fall as supply improves

* Papua New Guinea and Indonesia finalise defence deal

* Indonesia minister meets Nduga leaders to discuss New Zealand pilot release

Philippines

* Australia, Philippines sign maritime accord as China rises

* Marcos to developed countries: ‘Do more’ to fix climate injustice

* Taylor Swift mania hits Philippine classrooms

* ‘Not what good neighbours do’: Filipino lawmaker hits out at Singapore over Taylor Swift deal

* Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

* Moderate earthquakes rock Mindanao

* China militia presence increases in South China Sea: Report

Vietnam

* SpaceX's talks with Vietnam over Starlink on hold: Sources

* Woman who sold 12-year-old daughter to man in China held for trafficking

* Vietnam February exports down 5%, industrial production down 6.8% y/y

Cambodia

* Direct flights from India to boost trade, tourism

* Cambodia records third newborn rare dolphin in 2024

* Cambodia opens UAE business centre

Myanmar

* Myanmar declares martial law in two townships of eastern state

Laos

* Laos, Britain to strengthen trade cooperation

* Lao PM orders actions to ensure smooth flow of logistics

Brunei

* Brunei Forum discusses country’s future

* Seminar tackles misconception on autism

Aseanplus

* China busts local official who bought 13 homes with bribe money

* China’s Wang Yi invited to Australia as Beijing, Canberra ties thaw after prolonged frost

* Most South Korea trainee doctors defying pressure to end walkout

* Japan PM vows no more fundraising parties after kickbacks scandal

* UK says new Hong Kong security Bill breaches handover deal

* China to set up Shanghai global business cooperation zone

* Embattled Japan PM faces ethics committee, with popularity and budget on the line

* Blackpink’s Jennie strips down for Calvin Klein’s underwear campaign

* HK star Chow Yun Fat wins over netizens after apologising for making fan wait for photos

* Karina of K-pop girl group Aespa and actor Lee Jae-wook confirmed to be dating

* Asian markets track Wall Street losses

* Asian stocks firm before US inflation test; yen gains

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