Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Tuesday (April 9, 2024)


Motorists queue up to board a ferry to cross to Sumatra Island ahead of Aidilfitri holiday at Ciwandan Port in Cilegon, Indonesia. - AP

Malaysia:

* More harmful social media content detected in Q1 2024 than all of last year, says MCMC

* Appeals Court rules KL hotel liable for drowning of Chinese tourist

* JB retiree loses over RM1mil to investment scam

* Avoid extreme views and unite the people, decrees King

* Malaysia's rich cultural history on display in KLIA's textile campaign

* Klang and Banting API readings at unhealthy levels this morning

* Malaysia's labour market seen remaining stable with jobless rate at 3.2% in 2024

* Rockfall kills tour guide at popular tourist attraction in Ipoh

* #MZB365: Forgiveness and nation-building for a united Malaysia

* Akmal says he’ll heed King's decree to maintain national harmony

* Govt urged to set up special task force to defuse religious issues

* Sarawak to boost sustainability image as 'Asia's Renewable Powerhouse', says Abang Jo

Customers walk past traditional Malay dresses on sale ahead of Aidilfitri, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Geylang Serai bazaar in Singapore on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - AFPCustomers walk past traditional Malay dresses on sale ahead of Aidilfitri, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Geylang Serai bazaar in Singapore on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* ‘Good and old friends’: Singapore DPM meets China’s Vice-President Han Zheng in Beijing

* Miraculous escape: Driver jumps out seconds before crane topples over and crushes van in Sengkang

* Growing interest among German companies to expand into Asean: DPM Wong

* Another 5,300 cord blood units at Cordlife deemed non-viable, more tests needed for 5 other tanks

* Man charged over alleged links to GST fraud involving bogus sales of S$252mil

* Growing interest among German companies to expand into Asean: DPM Wong

* Taiwan quake: Rescue dogs given missing Singapore couple’s clothes to pick up scent

Indonesia:

* Indonesia sets record for Aidilfitri public transport usage with 1.2 million passengers on Sunday (April 7)

* Indonesia's annual exodus starts ahead of Aidil Fitri festivities

* Import curbs hamper business, to investors’ dismay

* Asia stocks rise; metals fly on manufacturing bets

* Indonesia’s weighty food, health problems

* Oil prices steady after drop as Middle East ceasefire hopes wane

A woman shops for 'Ketupat', a traditional rice cake wrapped in palm leaves, as Indonesian Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - ReutersA woman shops for 'Ketupat', a traditional rice cake wrapped in palm leaves, as Indonesian Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thailand says prepared to receive 100,000 people fleeing Myanmar from explosions and gunfire

* Thailand sees more than 4% growth this year on property measures, ministry says

* Son of famous Spanish actor goes on trial over Thai island murder

* Cadmium poisoning: 19 workers admitted in Samut Sakhon Hospital

* Thailand remains neutral in Myanmar conflict, says foreign minister

* Most Asian currencies subdued ahead of US CPI

Philippines:

* Infectious whooping cough disease soaring in the Philippines; 54 deaths reported and all are children below age of 5

* Marcos to Filipinos: ‘Stand by our freedoms’ amid ‘foul forces’

* The US Army will hold combat training in the Philippines to hone skills as maritime tensions rise

* No American interference, says pastor who is a big Duterte ally

* Emerging Markets - Taiwan stocks lift emerging markets to 14-month high

A worker pushes a trolley with ice blocks during a hot day, at a public market in Manila, Philippines. - ReutersA worker pushes a trolley with ice blocks during a hot day, at a public market in Manila, Philippines. - Reuters

Vietnam:

* Vatican's top diplomat begins a six-day visit to Vietnam aimed at normalising relations

* Vietnam and Laos sign new trade pact

* Consumption tax likely to hurt beverage industry in Vietnam

* Ho Chi Minh City office tenants looking for green buildings

Myanmar:

* Myanmar military begins basic training for draftees as resistance forces keep the pressure on

* Myanmar junta slams UN's 'one-sided' human rights claims

* Embattled Myanmar junta evacuates personnel via Thailand

* High hopes for unified Myanmar says Thai PM

Spanish actor Rodolfo Sancho (right) father of Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, talks to reporters arrives at Koh Samui provincial court in southern Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand's Koh Samui Provincial began a trial on Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, the son of the Spanish actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Colombian surgeon on a popular tourist island. - APSpanish actor Rodolfo Sancho (right) father of Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, talks to reporters arrives at Koh Samui provincial court in southern Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand's Koh Samui Provincial began a trial on Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, the son of the Spanish actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Colombian surgeon on a popular tourist island. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia ranks first in Asean and third among the 20 fastest growing economies in Asia with a growth rate of 6.1% in 2024

* Cambodia's growth forecast at 6.2% in 2024: Amro

* Annual oxcart race draws hundreds in Cambodia

Laos:

* Train tickets go on sale seven days before Lao New Year travel dates

* Sixteen moon bear cubs doing well after Laos rescue, wildlife group says

Brunei:

* Asean needs to continue to nurture a ‘resilient and dynamic financial ecosystem’, says Brunei minister

* Raya preparations in full swing for Bruneians

College girls wearing traditional outfits dance during a fair held ahead of Baisakhi festival at the Khalsa College in Amritsar on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - AFPCollege girls wearing traditional outfits dance during a fair held ahead of Baisakhi festival at the Khalsa College in Amritsar on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Pan Borneo Highway: Phase 1 to be fully opened in 2Q 2024

* HK authorities seize 63 turtles in baggage on flight from Malaysia

* Malaysia's labour market seen remaining stable with jobless rate at 3.2% in 2024

* Actress Harissa Adlynn recalls past financial struggle and how it made her stronger

* China twin sisters reunited after three decades share same hairstyle, fashion sense, sons both called Kevin

* Culinary diplomacy: The Internet is obsessed with what Janet Yellen eats in China

* Hong Kong customs makes largest-ever gold smuggling bust worth almost RM51mil

* China uncertainty clouds outlook for luxury sector

* Biden’s envoy to the UN set to visit border with North Korea

* China to 'strengthen strategic ties' with Russia as Lavrov visits

* Social media supercharges South Korea’s ‘politics of hatred’

* Taiwan TV host Mickey Huang accused of raping 17-year-old girl in 2006

* Microsoft to invest $2.9 billion to boost AI business in Japan - Nikkei

* Olympics-Olympic rings to be displayed on Eiffel Tower for Paris Games

* Regional firms out to close funding gap as capital dwindles

* Bangles go from furnace to forearms in time for Aidilfitri

* Singapore, Hong Kong woo family offices with different game plans

* Actor Ma Dong-seok to hold wedding ceremony three years after marriage

* Cricket-Jadeja reaches IPL milestone in Chennai's win over Kolkata

* North Korean media takes stab at South's president on eve of elections

* Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical to invest $545 million in chip materials plant

* HKMA CEO says Hong Kong considering 'deepening' some connect schemes with China

* K-pop stocks poised for new growth phase - Industry leaders looking to revive their fortunes

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