Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (March 19, 2023)


The sun sets above a Buddhist temple tower at the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Honeymoon period over, time for real governance, says King

* Stern action must be taken on those culpable in sock issue, says King

* Finance Ministry finalising several HVGT policies, says Anwar

* Education Ministry issues heatwave guidelines for schools

* Politicians should build bridges, not escalate matters, says Loke

* Restructuring of rice industry to be announced soon, says Mat Sabu

* Study being done to enact Online Safety Act, says Deputy Comms Minister

* Health Ministry gives authority to 189 enforcement officers regarding smoking ban

* Amir Hamzah: No plans to peg the ringgit at this time

* King should wield 'jurisdictional immunity' power, not PM, say Opposition leaders

* Saifuddin says ready to meet with groups against proposed citizenship amendments

* All citizenship applications for kids born to Malaysian women have been processed as of March 7, says Saifuddin

People gather for photograph next to the Merlion statue at Marina bay waterfront in Singapore. - AFPPeople gather for photograph next to the Merlion statue at Marina bay waterfront in Singapore. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore: Jail for man who threw drunken friend on ground, left her with fractured skull, then returned to club

* NS Square to be completed by 2027, a ‘national landmark’ for all Singaporeans, says minister

* Workers Party chief Pritam Singh charged with lying to Parliament over Raeesah Khan’s case, pleads not guilty

* Man jailed after failed attempt to get another man to ‘tailgate’ into Taylor Swift concert

* Anti-Scam Centre, banks help shield 82-year-old man in S’pore from scams that would have cost him RM13mil

* Singapore: Super granny fights villains and dementia in 'Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma'

* Woman horrified to find cockroach in Mr Bean drink

* Oil slips as Russia lifts supplies, jet fuel demand stirs caution

Indonesia:

* Indonesia proposes injecting RM17.51bil into state firms in 2024, 2025, minister says

* Indonesia fishing village grapples with piles of trash brought in by tides

* Prabowo must take charge of coalition, maintain 'cordial' ties with Jokowi: Experts

* Markets moving to tune of inflation, interest rates

* Indonesian graft watchdog nabs 15 employees in prison bribery scandal

* Emerging Markets - Asian currencies, equities drop; central bank meetings in focus

A man looks through plastic and other debris washed ashore at Kedonganan Beach near Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. - AFPA man looks through plastic and other debris washed ashore at Kedonganan Beach near Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thailand and United Kingdom strategic partnership; main areas include climate change issues and agriculture

* Thailand bus crash kills two drivers and injures 44 passengers

* Asian shares mixed after Bank of Japan ups key rate for first time in 17 years

* Thai ministry flags off health riders to deliver meds to patients at home

* Call for legal action as airline refuses to let wheelchair user board flight

* Cambodian visit to boost tourism and solve cross-border pollution woes: Paetongtarn

Philippines:

* Philippine Coast Guard intensify war against rising illegal drug smuggling

* Blinken lauds 'extraordinary' expansion of defence ties with Philippines

* Philippines sees up to US$6bil of investments in casino sector in next 5 years

* EU, Philippines announce restart of free trade talks

* Blinken assures Philippines of 'ironclad cooperation commitments'

* It’s not impossible to ban EVs and solar panels

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (centre left) attends a meeting with Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (centre) at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. - AFPUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken (centre left) attends a meeting with Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (centre) at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Prosecutors seek death sentence for mastermind of Vietnam's largest financial scam

* Vietnam luxury property boss on trial in US$355mil bond scam

* Snake could be a planet-friendly alternative to other meats

* Hanoi's biggest promotion programme to start from April 30

* Australia offers good market for shrimp from Vietnam

* Hanoi reports turbulent times as casinos accumulate huge losses

Myanmar:

* Myanmar people turning attention to EVs as fuel prices continue to soar in country

* UN secretary-general alarmed by reports of Myanmar airstrikes

* Lone wolf show as only one student takes social science national exam in Myanmar

Pham Van Sang, a street food vendor and migrant from the Mekong Delta, prepares a noodle dish for a customer as his wife, Luong Thi Ut, carries a tray in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The couple works in the city's industrial zone, a common destination for many migrants from the Mekong Delta in search of a better life. - APPham Van Sang, a street food vendor and migrant from the Mekong Delta, prepares a noodle dish for a customer as his wife, Luong Thi Ut, carries a tray in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The couple works in the city's industrial zone, a common destination for many migrants from the Mekong Delta in search of a better life. - AP

Cambodia:

* Experts meet in Cambodia for restoration, development of UNESCO-listed Preah Vihear temple

* Environ ministry, Ecobatt tackle hazardous electronic waste storage issues

* AirAsia expands presence with debut of AirAsia Cambodia

Laos:

* Big business for Laos as cassava leads country's exports in January 2024 amid trade deficit

* Road repairs lead to discovery of Buddha images in Bokeo

Brunei:

* Women now comprise 40% of Brunei's workforce; their safety at workplace is of utmost importance, says top official

* Two months jail for duo who stole from shopper's cart

Pandas eating inside their enclosure at a zoo in China's southwestern Chongqing municipality.  - AFPPandas eating inside their enclosure at a zoo in China's southwestern Chongqing municipality. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Ipoh White Coffee ranked top ten best coffee in the world, according to TasteAtlas

* Langkawi airport named best in its size category for the Asia-Pacific region

* Finance Ministry: Ringgit's decline driven by stronger US dollar, China uncertainty

* Bella Astillah shocked by claims that she planned Ruhainies and Aliff Aziz's arrest

* Hong Kong legislature passes new national security law

* Former K-pop star Jung Joon-young released after serving time for sex crimes

* Indian YouTuber who allegedly provided snake venom at dance party arrested

* Japan’s bullet trains go completely smoke-free, taking some riders by surprise

* Sushi conveyer belts sliding into the past

* China says US has 'no right' to interfere in South China Sea

* Australia to miss 2030 climate goal by a couple of years

* Marriages in South Korea rise for first time in 12 years

* Killing of teen in China puts 'left behind' children of migrant workers in spotlight

* Famine in Gaza is imminent with health consequences, says WHO; death toll rises up to 31,726

* Four out of 10 S. Korean youths say ‘reunification not necessary’

* Actor Sammo Hung unhappy with comments on Jackie Chan’s 'old' appearance

* Nvidia supplier SK Hynix begins mass production of next generation memory chip

* Google, Meta and others face tough questions in Australia over cyber extremism threats

* Bank of Japan scraps radical policy, makes first rate hike in 17 years

* Cantopop stars Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung and Joey Yung spotted filming show in Singapore

* Three teens detained over gruesome murder of 13-year-old classmate, sparking online debate in China

* Cricket-Australia call off T20 series v Afghanistan over women's rights

* Cricket-Mumbai skipper Pandya fit to bowl in IPL, Kohli back in action for Bangalore

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