Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Thursday (May 23, 2024)


Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meeting with Prime Minister of Thailand Srettha Thavisin on the sideline of 29th International Conference on the Future of Asia: Asian Leadership in an Uncertain World (Nikkei Conference) on Thursday (May 23, 2024). Photo: Bernama

Malaysia:

* Malaysia to leverage Asean to tackle regional issues, says Anwar

* Anwar defends meeting Hamas, says it was to secure peace

* Ulu Tiram attacker's family isolated themselves due to beliefs, says Home Minister

* Transport Ministry not involved in sale of MAHB shares, says Loke

* KLIA shooting: Court sets case for mention on June 30

* Geopolitics, digitalisation and climate change intertwined in policymaking, says Anwar

* Perlis MB's son pleads not guilty to charge of submitting false claims

* Diesel subsidy rationalisation to be done this year, says Domestic Trade Minister

* Comms ministry denies new WhatsApp regulation rumours

* Vibrant semiconductor industry fortifies Malaysia's role as reliable regional partner - PM

* 24-year-old uni student falls to her death from hotel balcony in Tanjung Bungah

* Ops Samba 2.0: Twenty-three Customs officers, personnel to be charged, says MACC

People take photographs opposite the flower domes of the Gardens by the Bay along Marina Bay in Singapore on Thursday, May 23, 2024. - AFPPeople take photographs opposite the flower domes of the Gardens by the Bay along Marina Bay in Singapore on Thursday, May 23, 2024. - AFP

Singapore:

* Singapore police seize RM1.8bil in cash, assets from two men Straits Times identified as being linked to money laundering case

* South Korea's 'monk' DJ ditches robe to avoid Singapore ban

* SQ321: Three Malaysians in ICU, stable but closely monitored / Injured SIA passengers face varied compensation

* Taxi ends up on bonnet of car after multi-vehicle collision on Singapore's PIE; three taken to hospital

* ST Explains - SQ321 incident: What causes turbulence and is climate change making it worse?

* Singapore April core inflation at 3.1% y/y, matching forecasts

* Singapore Q1 GDP up 2.7% y/y, above market forecast

* SingTel annual profit more than halves on US$2.3bil impairment charge

* Oil prices fall for fourth straight day as US rate hike prospects emerge

Indonesia:

* Indonesia's ant-terrorism unit says it is on high alert alert after Malaysia's Ulu Tiram police station attack

* Indonesia leapfrogs regional peers in global tourism ranking; jumps 14 spots to 22nd in world ranking

* Indonesian man nabbed with drugs worth RM110,000 in Perak

* Indonesia's Aceh authorities to ban marijuana-laced traditional dishes in restaurant

* Indonesian govt says that new rules in place to reduce haj pilgrim fatalities

* Asia stocks ease as central banks play game of patience

* Bank Indonesia signals no further rate increases

A Buddhist monk speaks to devotees at Buddha Sakyamuni temple in Banda Aceh on Thursday, May 23, 2024 as they mark Vesak festival which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.- AFPA Buddhist monk speaks to devotees at Buddha Sakyamuni temple in Banda Aceh on Thursday, May 23, 2024 as they mark Vesak festival which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.- AFP

Thailand:

* Thai court accepts complaint seeking PM's removal over minister's appointment

* 'Boiling not warming': Marine life suffers as Thai sea temperatures hit record

* Bangkok hospital says most seriously injured from turbulence-hit flight need spinal operations

* Thai hospital says 20 people from Singapore Airlines flight remain in intensive care

* Only cannabis buds to be relisted as narcotic, says Thailand’s public health minister

* Most Asian currencies slide after hawkish Fed minutes; stocks rise

Philippines:

* Philippines adjusts school calendar to avoid extreme heat issues in country

* Philippine top Navy officer denies forging China deal on sea row

* Major health alert as Philippines tallies 55 new HIV cases daily, among the highest in the world

* Philippines to curb forex speculation as peso approaches record low

* Philippines-China wiretapping row hits stalemate as Filipino commander denies making ‘new deal’

Le Minh Khai, Vietnam's deputy prime minister, leaves after speaking at the Nikkei Forum Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 23, 2024. The forum will continue through Friday. - BloombergLe Minh Khai, Vietnam's deputy prime minister, leaves after speaking at the Nikkei Forum Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 23, 2024. The forum will continue through Friday. - Bloomberg

Vietnam:

* Vietnam opposes actions infringing upon sovereignty over Paracel and the Spratly islands, says govt spokesman

* Vietnam may raise rate as dong falls to record low, Maybank says

* Anti-corruption crusader elected as new president in Vietnam

* Gamuda poised to ride on property arm’s projects in Vietnam

* Robusta coffee rises most since 2010 on Vietnam rain concerns

Myanmar:

* UN investigators probing mass displacement in Myanmar

* Rohingya activists say thousands displaced by Myanmar armed group

* Myanmar ditched as global beauty pageant host over war

Novice Buddhist monks walk to receive alms from devotees during Buddhist Visak Bochea at Praseth Leu pagoda in northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - APNovice Buddhist monks walk to receive alms from devotees during Buddhist Visak Bochea at Praseth Leu pagoda in northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian PM Manet calls for critics to focus on rule of law rather than preconceptions of rights

* AMRO forecasts rosier economic growth for Cambodia in 2024

* Cambodia launches 12-year roadmap toward universal health coverage

Laos:

* Asian Development Bank to supports agriculture programmes in Laos

* Crowds turn out to revere largest Buddha statue found in Laos' Bokeo during Wesak Day

Brunei:

* Indonesians, Filipino and an Indian in Brunei hailed for overstaying and immigration purposes

* Brunei ranks 119th cheapest in the world for broadband

An Australian passenger (centre) who was injured on a flight that was battered by severe turbulence, talks to reporters at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, May 23, 2024. The airline's Flight SQ321 was flying from London’s Heathrow airport to Singapore when it hit the turbulence Tuesday, bashing people around inside the plane. - APAn Australian passenger (centre) who was injured on a flight that was battered by severe turbulence, talks to reporters at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, May 23, 2024. The airline's Flight SQ321 was flying from London’s Heathrow airport to Singapore when it hit the turbulence Tuesday, bashing people around inside the plane. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysia’s giant softshell turtle on the brink of extinction

* Wings of two planes collide at Tokyo's Haneda Airport

* Siddharth Jagadeesh becomes Singapore’s sixth and youngest chess grandmaster at 17

* From South Korea to India, devotees mark the birthday of Buddha with lanterns and prayers

* Hong Kong to host 'one mega event every two days’ as city adds 60 more to this year’s line-up

* Chinese cities issue warnings about oversupply of ride-hailing drivers amid weak job market

* Nepal record breaker: Kami Rita scales Everest for record 30th time

* Scientists propose tunnels for invisible island expansion in the South China Sea

* China considering car tariffs to retaliate against US and EU moves, trade group says

* Tesla breaks ground on huge Shanghai battery plant

* China’s app Xiaohongshu taps niche rich female Gen Zers

* How refugee Dorsa Yavarivafa fled Iran for her love of badminton

* TVB actress Samantha Ko undergoing treatment for lumps in neck, head

* South Korea, China, Japan to hold first summit in four years on May 26-27

* Suspected gas blast in China's Harbin kills one, injures three

* 30 staff at Hong Kong public hospital fall ill with diarrhoea, vomiting after eating canteen food

* US at G7 to keep pressing China to halt its Russia military support, seeking Ukraine war stoppage

* AI-enabled ‘covert’ detention monitoring cameras, drone disrupters headline China police gear fair

* ‘Star in the sky’: Moving China university tribute for student who perished with family in highway collapse

* US working with EU to counter China on its Russia support, overcapacity, say Antony Blinken and Janet Yellen

* Climate change: Tencent chooses Chinese carbon capture and removal startups to receive RM65.45mil in funding

* Hong Kong taxi drivers losing out to Uber? ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’, don’t go on sting operations, experts say

* Passers-by help to subdue knifeman after attack in Hong Kong mall fast-food outlet, using trolleys, ladder for protection

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