Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Friday (March 1, 2023)


A South Korean marine participates in an amphibious assault exercise as part of the "Cobra Gold 2024" (CG24) joint military exercise at a military base in Chonburi province, Thailand, Friday, March 1, 2024. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* Standing tall: KL named as city with most skyscrapers in Southeast Asia

* Track down tax evaders regardless of title or position, PM tells LHDN

* Continue efforts to reduce country's deficit - PM

* Muhyiddin files appeal over reinstatement of power abuse charges

* No decision yet on Rosmah's third representation to drop charges, says prosecution

* Don’t use religion as tool to achieve political goals, says Zahid

* Give Daim his day in court and stop implying he is guilty, say lawyers

* Malaysian charged in Dublin court over RM3mil cannabis seizure at airport

* Petaling, KL join growing list of places under level 1 heatwave alert

* Malaysia urges recalling aspiration to end plastic pollution

* Dutch government has spent RM852mil dealing with the downing of MH17

* Hadi being probed over 'Islam's sanctity' statement, says IGP / Hadi, PKR's Hassan out of line with remarks about Rulers, says Umno Youth

Lydia Ko of New Zealand is plays her first tee shot during the first round of the HSBC Women's Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. - AFPLydia Ko of New Zealand is plays her first tee shot during the first round of the HSBC Women's Wold Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* For the love of Taylor Swift - To Batam, to Johor, before Singapore: South-east Asia’s Swifties go the extra mile

* Singapore eases more mask rules as Covid-19 now treated as endemic

* Frenchwoman Boutier delivers putting masterclass to grab Singapore LPGA lead

* Blackpink's Lisa spotted at Changi Airport 2 days before Taylor Swift concert

* Singapore's air force to add more stealth fighters as it phases out older jets

* Singapore's total fertility rate fell to record low last year

* Oil rises, markets await OPEC+ decision amid mixed demand drivers

* Asia's factories struggle for growth as China, Japan falter

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's presidential palace in new capital Nusantara must be built with our own hands, says Jokowi

* Indonesia February inflation rate beats prediction on soaring rice and chilli prices

* Energy firms boost gas exploration in South-East Asia to meet growing demand

* Indonesian president Jokowi to start working from new capital in July

* Malaysia's Kian Meng-Pei Jing upset Indonesian pair to reach German Open quarters

* Indonesia - South-East Asia’s largest economy looks to join OECD

Workers unload rice bags imported from Thailand by the Indonesian Logistics Bureau (Bulog) at the port of Malahayati, in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday, March 1, 2024. - AFPWorkers unload rice bags imported from Thailand by the Indonesian Logistics Bureau (Bulog) at the port of Malahayati, in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday, March 1, 2024. - AFP

Thailand:

* Swiss man, wife apologise for their poor behaviour towards Thai female doctor in Phuket

* Thailand plans to legalise surrogacy for foreign couples

* 'Visa-free era' brings closer exchanges between Thailand and China

* Thailand’s Aviation Hub plan to see Bangkok’s main airport capacity raised to 150 million

* ‘Without a law it will be misused’ - Thailand will ban recreational use of marijuana by the end of this year

* Thailand deploys 30 rainmaking jets to battle drought and pollution

Philippines:

* Faulty warnings, deforestation turned Philippine rains 'deadly', says study

* Filipino drag queen arrested again over Lord's Prayer show

* The craze has arrived - Taylor Swift mania hits Philippine classrooms

* Emerging Markets - Philippines stock highest in one year but Asian currencies tepid after soft US inflation

* We must protect regional peace, Marcos tells Australia

A mother holds her baby born in a leap year at a maternity hospital in Manila on February 29, 2024. - AFPA mother holds her baby born in a leap year at a maternity hospital in Manila on February 29, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam issues secret order cracking down on rights; human rights violated, says report

* Vietnam police arrest prominent activist for anti-state propaganda

* Vietnam eyes crackdown on workers rights and foreign aid, report says

* Vietnam - Talks with SpaceX on Starlink put on hold, sources say

* Vietnam reports surprise 5% fall in exports

Myanmar:

* Use repatriation programme to return home, Malaysian Home Minister tells 600,000 illegals

* Myanmar junta's access to arms, cash must be cut off, UN rights chief says

* Myanmar declares martial law in two townships of eastern state

* Myanmar military jet crashes due to technical failure

* Blast in Myanmar market kills and wounds civilians / Artillery shelling kills 12 in Myanmar market, injures 80 - rebel militia

A vender selling guava waits for customers at a roadside stall in Hanoi. - AFPA vender selling guava waits for customers at a roadside stall in Hanoi. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM to attend Asean-Australia special summit in Melbourne

* Cambodia elected as Asia's leading cultural destination by World Travel Awards

* ANN member Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia's oldest English daily newspaper to cease publication due to big losses

* Dark side of carbon credit scheme in Cambodia

Laos:

* Laos receives over 650,000 doses of measles, rubella vaccines overcome rising health issues

* Laos launches app to facilitate investment

Brunei:

* Brunei confident of positive economic growth in 2024; finance ministry projects a 3.3%-4% growth

* Brunei and India seek to grow non-oil trade

Akihiro Higashida, of Japan, and Christian Coleman, of the United States, from left, compete in a men's 60 meters heat during the World Athletics Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, March 1, 2024. - APAkihiro Higashida, of Japan, and Christian Coleman, of the United States, from left, compete in a men's 60 meters heat during the World Athletics Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, March 1, 2024. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysia keen to invite Norway to Asean telecommunication regulatory conference in KL in May, says Fahmi

* Five arrested in Hong Kong over suspected dog, cat meat found at restaurant operating out of flat

* Pop superstar Rihanna and Bollywood stars to grace son of Mukesh Ambani's pre-wedding bash

* Scandinavian Airlines medevac plane lands in Langkawi, where Norway's King Harald is hospitalised

* Japan, Australia shares hit record high on Wall Street bounce

* China ramps up criticism of Taiwan over fatal fishing boat incident

* Japan mayor quits over 99 sexual harassment allegations

* ‘Pig-butchering’ scams net more than RM355bil, study finds

* K-pop singer Ailee to hold her first solo concert in KL on June 22

* China’s TikTok ticks voter reach box for Europe’s politicians, despite concerns

* Renewal of US-China science pact likely to be delayed again as sticking points remain

* China’s ‘two sessions’ 2024: Have new pressures already fractured last year’s economic model?

* South Korea police launch raid on doctors' association over walkout

* New Zealand central bank says policy needs to stay restrictive for some time

* Some US lawmakers urge Biden, Blinken not to recognize new Pakistan government

* Leap year glitch disrupts Japan's driving licence issuance

* Rising Ramadan pita bread prices spark outrage in Turkiye

* US must update Latin America toolkit to keep pace with China sway in region, Biden officials say

* Nearly 40% of teachers deregistered in Hong Kong last year lost licences because of sexual offences

* Foreign firms say China’s economic woes, geopolitical feuds won’t scare them off, but they’re investing less

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

* Measles warning! Hong Kong travellers warned to be aware of worldwide measles resurgence as three cases recorded in city since January

* Canadian influencer’s amazement at absence of fortune cookies in China restaurants triggers amusing online discussion about origins of snack

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