Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (March 2, 2023)


Taylor Swift fans, or Swifties, dance to her music at the National Stadium during Swift's Eras Tour concert in Singapore on Saturday, March 2, 2024. - Reuters

Malaysia:

* PM to chair permanent secretariat to implement Bumiputra Economic Congress resolutions

* Over RM2bil funds available soon to boost bumiputra entrepreneurship, says PM

* Malaysia strongly condemns Israeli regime's inhumane attack on Palestinians seeking aid in Gaza

* Scrap property discounts for rich bumis, says Bursa chairman

* Agriculture Ministry holds engagement session with padi, rice stakeholders

* Muhyiddin appeals against reinstatement of power abuse charges

* Consider interests of Sabah’s bumiputra community too, says Hajiji

* Bursa Malaysia likely in consolidation mode with upside bias next week

* Ringgit likely to stabilise against the US dollar from Monday onwards (March 4)

* Bersatu amends party constitution to expel rogue MPs

* Muhyiddin says 'traitorous' Bersatu MPs refused to vacate seats for selfish reasons

* Cases of bushfires in Sabah increased by over 600% from January to February 2024

Taylor Swift's fans, or Swifties, queue to purchase Swift merchandise at the National Stadium during Swift's Eras Tour concert in Singapore on Saturday, March 2, 2024. - ReutersTaylor Swift's fans, or Swifties, queue to purchase Swift merchandise at the National Stadium during Swift's Eras Tour concert in Singapore on Saturday, March 2, 2024. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Under-fire US envoy to Singapore is said to berate staff, waste money and has poor relationship with ministers

* US says it takes seriously reports of misbehavior by its envoy to Singapore

* Singapore to pump RM1.06bil into tourism as part of broader economic plan

* Singapore President Tharman welcomed as Chief Scout with record-setting human formation of scout emblem

* Japan's Ayaka Furue takes two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA tournament in Singapore

* Endemicity embraced with easing of rules for covid-19 in Singapore

* More stealth fighters soon for Singapore Air force

* Oil notches weekly gains ahead of Opec+ decision

Indonesia:

* Indonesian poll body in hot water after string of tech failures

* Indonesia and EU discuss intellectual property in trade deal negotiations

* 5.3-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia

* Indonesian President Jokowi creates country’s first Hindu state university

Thailand:

* Thailand expects more than 20,000 Chinese tourists a day as free visa starts

* Fast and furious’ fun as tennis legend and superstar Federer floats through Thailand

* Thailand aims for 150 million passengers a year at main airport in Bangkok

* Deploying rainmaking jets to battle drought, pollution

Philippines' John Cabang, France's Just Kwaou-Mathey and USA's Cameron Murray compete in the Men's 60m hurdles heat 3 during the Indoor World Athletics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. - AFPPhilippines' John Cabang, France's Just Kwaou-Mathey and USA's Cameron Murray compete in the Men's 60m hurdles heat 3 during the Indoor World Athletics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. - AFP

Philippines:

* Nearly 700 new wildlife species found in South-East Asia, says biodiversity centre in the Philippines

* WHO sounds alarm over rising measles cases in Western Pacific region including Phippines

* Drag queen held again over Lord’s Prayer show in the Philippines

* Faulty warnings, deforestation turned rains ‘deadly’, study finds

Vietnam:

* Vietnam and Italy see strong potential in agriculture cooperation

* Durian emerging as 'golden fruit' among Vietnam's exports

* SpaceX's talks with Vietnam over Starlink on hold, sources say

* Secret order set in motion in Vietnam

Myanmar:

* Thai parliament holds Myanmar seminar over junta's objection

* Myanmar now a 'never-ending' nightmare, announces UN

* Myanmar police hands over 497 telecom fraud-scam suspects to China

A vender selects grapefruit flowers to sell in Hanoi. - AFPA vender selects grapefruit flowers to sell in Hanoi. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia and Malaysia enhance trade ties; shows promising upward trend, says Hun Manet

* Cambodia's national treasure Angkor park sees 50 % rise in international tourists in first two months

* Life is miserable in Cambodian jail for Taiwan’s ‘Goodnight Chicken’

Laos:

* Laos to host fourth Asean-South Korea Music Festival in November

* Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam investment and tourism trade fair kicks off in Laos

Brunei:

* Brunei finance ministry unveils a proposed budget of RM22bil for the financial year of 2024-2025

* Brunei records positive economic growth of 1.4 per cent in 2023

A performer (centre) wearing traditional costumes gives three cheers as attendees wave South Korean flags during a ceremony marking the 105th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement Day against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hal. - AFPA performer (centre) wearing traditional costumes gives three cheers as attendees wave South Korean flags during a ceremony marking the 105th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement Day against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hal. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* A party like no other? Asia's richest man Ambani celebrates son's prenuptials with a star-studded bash

* No Malaysians affected in Rameshwaram cafe bomb blast in India's Bengaluru

* A K-Pop star’s lonely downward spiral - the sad life Goo Hara, once South Korea's pop princess

* Japan Moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night

* Japan's lower house passes budget in win for PM Kishida

* Japanese ex-soldier wins US award for her fight against sexual harassment

* South Korean doctors continue walkout as global body weighs in

* Fire in Hong Kong residential building sends eight to hospital, 170 evacuated

* US House Republicans add Pacific nations deals to bill ‘countering Communist China’

* China’s special envoy is again heading to Russia and Ukraine but peace expectations are low

* Seized US$70 million Hong Kong luxury home linked to Evergrande founder Hui Ka-yan put on sale

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

* Unpacking Beijing official Xia Baolong’s whirlwind tour of Hong Kong: But what did he learn ...

* South Korea publicly orders some doctors who walked off the job back to work

* Demographic crisis in Asia - The world is getting older, with declining fertility rates

* WTO fails on major reforms, extends digital tariff ban in Abu Dhabi meeting

* 'We need to do more': Biden says US military to airdrop food and supplies into Gaza

* Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 30,320

* Soccer-Saudi Arabia launch bid to host the 2034 World Cup

* Badminton - German Open: Ong-Teo sole survivors in Germany after challenge ends in mixed doubles

* Hong Kong travellers warned to be aware of worldwide measles resurgence as three cases recorded in city in first 2 months of year

* 30,000 yuan limit for duty-free? Hong Kong delegates to country’s top political advisory body propose increase to woo mainland Chinese

* Hong Kong’s Lantau Tomorrow plan delayed by 2 to 3 years, finance chief Paul Chan reveals, authorities to focus on Northern Metropolis scheme instead

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