Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Monday (March 25, 2023)


A plane is pictured flying past the rising full moon, also known as the "Worm Moon" in Singapore on on Monday, March 25, 2024. - AFP

Malaysia:

* 'Allah' socks issue: Govt not interfering in police investigation, says PM

* Weather to cool down by end March as monsoon transition period approaches, says MetMalaysia

* Special task force overseeing probe in student murder in dormitory, says Sabah top cop

* Do not let corruption entrench itself among the police, says Anwar

* Home Ministry tables constitutional amendment to citizenship laws

* We will not tolerate sexual harassment, says Education Ministry

* Former SRC director refutes claims by Najib for 1MBD losses

* Keep your mouth shut if you don't know anything, Fahmi slams Wan Ahmad Fayhsal

* Five expected to be charged over socks issue on March 26

* Large swathe of Peninsular Malaysia under Level 1 heatwave alert

* We must find common ground to solve citizenship issues, Saifuddin tells NGOs, activists

* Politician arrested for sexual assault out on bail, Johor cops urge witnesses to come forward

Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) search for survivors at the scene of a landslide in Cipongkor, West Java province on Monday, March 25, 2024. At least nine Indonesians were reported missing overnight and more than 200 were evacuated after a landslide and flooding hit their village on Java island, an official said on March 25. - AFPMembers of the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) search for survivors at the scene of a landslide in Cipongkor, West Java province on Monday, March 25, 2024. At least nine Indonesians were reported missing overnight and more than 200 were evacuated after a landslide and flooding hit their village on Java island, an official said on March 25. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore's first ministerial corruption case expands with new charges against ex-transport minister

* Mercury rising: 2024 high of 36.3 deg C recorded in Singapore's Choa Chu Kang on March 24

* Ex-Singapore minister Iswaran faces eight new charges over obtaining RM66,700 in items including Brompton bike, golf clubs

* Malaysian-born actor Ronny Chieng calls Singaporeans 'Karens' with 'zero perspective on the world'

* Singaporean actor-host Suhaimi Yusof sorry for causing ruckus at Ramadan bazaar drink stall

* Singapore Feb core inflation accelerates to 7-month high amid Lunar New Year

* Asia shares stall, dollar shies from Japan warning

* Boosting bilateral trade with Egypt on the cards for Singapore

* Oil rises as heightened geopolitical risks exacerbate supply concerns

Indonesia:

* Indonesian army apologises after viral Papua man torture video

* 'Come home safe for festive season' - Indonesian navy offers free warship rides for 'mudik' travellers to ease holiday exodus

* Nine missing after landslide and heavy flooding in Indonesia's Java Island

* Losing presidential candidate Ganjar calls for new election in Indonesia

* Emerging Markets - Asian currencies oscillate within tight range; shares muted

Visitors view an MG EV car at the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, March 25, 2024. - ReutersVisitors view an MG EV car at the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, March 25, 2024. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thailand sends aid to war-torn Myanmar, but critics say it will only help junta

* City on the edge: Over 70% of Bangkokians diagnosed with stress

* Thailand delays RM66bil handout scheme to fourth quarter

* Thailand starts aid deliveries to Myanmar under plan aimed at managing conflict

* Thai parliament approves delayed budget for 2024

Philippines:

* China says relations with Philippines at 'crossroads' amid maritime incidents

* Philippines says Chinese envoy summoned over 'aggressive actions' off reef

* Many falling for alternative ‘cures’ in the Philippines

* Inquirer-led regional pact to promote sustainability

Philippine coast guard Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for International Affairs Algier Ricafrente, left, talks with Indian Coast Guard Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Ravindran, center, as the Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar arrives for a port call in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 25, 2024. The Indian Coast Guard ship is here to share their training and demonstration on marine environmental protection and law enforcement. - APPhilippine coast guard Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for International Affairs Algier Ricafrente, left, talks with Indian Coast Guard Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Ravindran, center, as the Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar arrives for a port call in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 25, 2024. The Indian Coast Guard ship is here to share their training and demonstration on marine environmental protection and law enforcement. - AP

Vietnam:

* Vietnamese farmers eye multibillion-dollar Chinese market as demand continues to soar

* Breakthrough visa policies needed to boost tourism in Vietnam, say experts

* UK launches campaign in Vietnam to deter illegal migrants

* Chocolate price hikes just the start as cocoa soars

Myanmar:

* 11 Myanmar Rohingya found dead after Indonesia boat capsize at Meulaboh area, say officials

* Myanmar's next election may not be nationwide, junta chief says

* Thai Red Cross Society hands over humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

A Vietnamese Pond Turtle at London Zoo's new experience, The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians ahead of its opening to the public on Friday March 29, in London, Monday, March 25, 2024. - APA Vietnamese Pond Turtle at London Zoo's new experience, The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians ahead of its opening to the public on Friday March 29, in London, Monday, March 25, 2024. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia and China agree to promote military cooperation

* Cambodia's microfinance sector ignites record growth for local currency in 2023

* TB deaths, new cases dropping significantly in Cambodia

Laos:

* Australia’s strategic investments in Laos propel Mekong subregion forward, says report

* Laos: Buddha statues unearthed in Mekong River’s shore

Brunei:

* Brunei aims to go all out in achieving its fully developed status through the Vision 2035 programmes, says LegCo members

* Measures in place to bring TB cases down in the country, says Brunei Health Minister

South Korean national football team players warm up during a team practice session at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Monday, March 25, 2024, a day ahead of the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers second round group C match between Thailand and South Korea. - AFPSouth Korean national football team players warm up during a team practice session at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Monday, March 25, 2024, a day ahead of the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers second round group C match between Thailand and South Korea. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Indian minister Jaishankar's official visit to Malaysia a big boost for relations of two countries, says business council

* Cancer studies should focus on Asian women, says Malaysian scientist awarded RM11.5mil grant

* Malaysia records 25% increase in bilateral trade with Canada since 2018, bosltered by CPTPP - Tengku Zafrul

* Disney+ Hotstar to raise subscription fees in Malaysia on April 24, will introduce monthly plans from RM24.90

* Women in Gaza urgently need cease-fire, some gave birth withour water, says UN Women Chief

* Four suspects charged with terrorism following deadly Moscow concert hall attack

* Five dead, over 1,000 homes destroyed in PNG earthquake: regional governor

* UN Security Council to vote on new Gaza ceasefire resolution

* Apple’s Tim Cook tells China forum AI is key for climate battle

* Hong Kong reports its highest March temperature in 140 years

* Microsoft deal, Apple-Google talks show tech giants need AI help

* North Korea says Japan's Kishida showed intention to meet Kim Jong Un recently

* Japan - Rookie makes sumo history after winning top tournament in debut season

* Suspended Australian judge facing deportation from Kiribati in court on Tuesday

* Hong Kong justice chief warns online criticism could breach new law

* South Korea's medical professors join protests, reduce hours in practice

* Apple in talks to use Baidu AI in Chinese iPhones, WSJ says

* Michelle Yeoh says Ariana Grande convinced her to join 'Wicked'

* China job ad sparks social media outcry over 'middle-age' unemployment

* Chinese Commerce Minister woos global execs amid trade tensions

* North Korea and China seek to further develop their friendship

* Motor racing-Ferrari revel in putting Red Bull under pressure

* Australia, Saudi get a chance to advance but Japan has to wait in FIFA World Cup Asian qualifying

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