Asean news headlines as at 9pm on Wednesday (March 20)

Ko Muang Phet, a white buffalo which was sold for 18 million baht (US$500,000), is seen with his new owner Jintanat Limtongkul, after a meeting between Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and members of the Thai Buffalo Breeding Development Association at Government House in Bangkok on March 20, 2024. - AFP


* Take action and move on, says PM on socks issue

* Sessions Court dismisses former Year Two pupil's suit against teacher, principal and govt

* Foreigner stabbed to death for drinking orange juice meant for co-worker’s buka puasa

* Mersing cops get five reports of alleged sexual assault by political party youth leader

* Couple escapes gallows, jailed 30 years for causing son's death

* Kanowit firemen break floor of house to catch python

* Immigration Department raids ewaste recycling factory, discovers over half a million ringgit in cash

* Sarawak companies to invest in Kalimantan, contribute to Nusantara development

* 8,000 jobs expected to be created once Subang airport regeneration plan completed

* Govt approved 898 FDI projects worth RM281.5bil from 2022 to 2023, Dewan Rakyat told

* Backbencher suggests RM10mil bounty for Jho Low

* Cops quiz eight individuals in controversial socks probe

* Malaysian economy to grow 4%–5% in 2024

* Malaysia secures RM46bil potential investments from trade and investment mission to Germany, France


* Baby boom at S’pore’s wildlife parks: 970 animals born in 2023, highest in a decade

* Man accused of helping others sneak into Taylor Swift concert allegedly cheated man of S$2.2k

* Man jailed over Facebook comment on Shinzo Abe’s shooting, asking someone to ‘do the same’ to PM Lee

* Clearing Woodlands checkpoint a breeze with new QR code system

* Ex-transport minister Iswaran surrenders passport after returning to Singapore: AGC


* Embassy launches campaign to promote Malaysian products in Thailand

* Thai police seize over 300,000 litres of fuel in major smuggling bust

* Thai PM meets US$500,000 albino buffalo in 'soft power' push

* HTMS Chonburi’s commander removed after shelling incident

* Thai PM Srettha halts overseas travel for two months after criticism

* Thailand to forge ahead with 'digital wallet' handout scheme: official

* Meta expands programme to combat Thai sextortion scams


* Indonesia keeps interest rates unchanged as expected

* Malaysian envoy and delegation visit site of Indonesia's new capital city

* First Lady Iriana's private secretary declares bid for Bogor mayor

* Analysis-Indonesia's Jokowi seeks major party takeover to retain decade-long influence

* Indonesian fishermen rescue dozens of Rohingya after boat capsizes

* Indonesia among the unhappiest countries in South-East Asia: study


* Philippines says Chinese Navy ship seen circling amid sea spat

* Marcos warns on China threat, says he's not 'poking the bear'

* Philippines central bank says its policy decisions not dependent on Fed's

* Philippines can soar to become US$2-trillion economy: WEF


* Australia opens door to Vietnamese agricultural workers

* Vietnamese president resigns amid major graft purge

* Increasing number of foreign visitors denied entry into Vietnam


* Cambodia's prime minister sounds a sour note on trucks' musical horns

* Special railway tours to educate students on tragic Khmer Rouge past

* Cambodia launches mine action management info system ahead of global conference


* No bids as house of Myanmar's Suu Kyi is auctioned

* Myanmar to introduce electric bus for public transport in big cities


* Laos launches handicraft branding to empower local producers

* Laos to hold cultural festival to attract visitors during Visit Laos Year


* Students briefed on Brunei Vision 2035

* Malaysian man gets 12 years’ jail, 12 whippings for role in armed robbery


* Seven missing after S. Korean tanker capsizes off Japan: NHK

* China blasts criticism of new Hong Kong security law

* Apple CEO arrives in China touting its role as iPhone base

* Where is Kim Keon-hee? S.Korean First Lady’s absence raises questions

* 'Yoga burglar' seen stretching before alleged Australian bakery break-in

* China's 'blind box' socialisation trend a hit as youngsters join strangers for activities

* Jail for S. Korean man who molested women after offering free massages for online reviews

* India's richest 1% has highest concentration of wealth in decades, study shows

* Seoul allocates new medical school slots despite doctors' strike

* India to prosecute 35 pirates who hijacked ship off Somalia, navy official says

Frustration grows among locals as more tourists zip around Japan in go-karts

* 13 killed in northern China road tunnel accident

* Severely ill patients in S. Korea fed up and fearful as medical stand-off drags on

* Beijing eyes more foreign investment

* China tells US to not take sides on South China Sea issue

* India's Modi shows confidence about elections; asks ministries for 5-year goals

* Former CEO of K-pop group Omega X's ex-agency claims she was sexually harassed by member

* HK stars Samantha Ko, Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung & Joey Yung filming TV show in Penang

* Ed Sheeran surprises fans by singing in Punjabi at Mumbai concert

* Asian markets swing as traders await Fed policy decision

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