Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Tuesday (June 18, 2024)


Chinese Premier Li Qiang inspects a static guard of honour mounted by 28 officers and personnel from the First Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment (Ceremonial), led by Captain Nur Ahmad Zaim Zahari. Li arrives in Malaysia today to begin his three-day official visit, marking his first trip to the country since assuming the post in March last year. - Bernama

Malaysia:

* Malaysia has 89 companies in first Fortune 500 list of South-East Asia’s largest companies; Maybank is country's top brand

* Chinese premier Li's visit celebrates 50 years of Malaysia-China diplomatic ties

* Govt to study implications of proposal to place MACC under Parliament, says PM Anwar

* Importance of eggs in M'sian diet main reason for price cut, says Anwar

* China's Premier Li Qiang arrives in Malaysia for three-day official visit

* Malaysia-China to ink MOU on housing, urban planning, smart cities, says Nga

* Halim Saad appeals High Court decision dismissing lawsuit against Dr M and others

* Food poisoning in Gombak: Cops record statements from 15 including caterer

* Open AP policy from July 1, 2024 to benefit more bumiputera entrepreneurs

* Sabah's 40% revenue rights: SLS to get its day in court after AG's appeal dismissed

* KLIA Aerotrain to be completed by Jan 31, 2025, says MAHB

* Nine arrested after foreigner found dead with stab wounds, head injury in Ipoh

Workers clean up an oil slick at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, Singapore on TUesday, June 18, 2024. - ReutersWorkers clean up an oil slick at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, Singapore on TUesday, June 18, 2024. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Over 2.4 million travellers clear Woodlands, Tuas checkpoints over Hari Raya Haji long weekend

* Singapore ranked second most expensive city for expats by Mercer

* Hong Kong ranks fifth in world’s most competitive economies, Singapore jumps to top spot

* Probation for teen who threatened boy with parang and forced him to drink urine

* Singapore’s new cat licensing rules will weed out backyard breeders

* 100kg grouper caught off Indonesia sliced up for eager supermarket shoppers in Ang Mo Kio

* Singapore's new avian attraction is for visitors of all ages

* Oil spill incident: Singapore expands cleanup effort to more areas, including eastern end of island

* Singapore's May exports down 0.1% y/y, better than forecast

* Shell to acquire Singaporean LNG firm Pavilion Energy from Temasek

Indonesia:

* Indonesian govt rushes to finish new airport ahead of Nusantara launch

* Ex-governor upbeat about East Java becoming Indonesia's economic centre

* Ministries request more funds for relocation to Nusantara

* Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta hosts Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration

* Joko calls for water pumps to shield crops from heat wave

* Oil edges down amid cautious demand outlook

* Most Asian shares rise on Wall Street boost, currencies mixed

Indonesian Muslims offer mass prayers at Baitul Makmur Grand Masque during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Meulaboh, West Aceh regency, Indonesia. - Photo: Antara Via ReutersIndonesian Muslims offer mass prayers at Baitul Makmur Grand Masque during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Meulaboh, West Aceh regency, Indonesia. - Photo: Antara Via Reuters

Thailand:

* 'Victory for the people', say activists after Thailand approves same-sex marriage

* Thailand passes landmark Bill approving same-sex marriage

* Thailand looks to maritime tourism connectivity with Vietnam, Cambodia

* Thaksin indicted as Thailand braces for court cases amid risk of political crisis

* Thailand arrests 26,000 undocumented workers in a week

* Thai court grants Thaksin bail, other politically charged cases to be heard in July

Philippines:

* Philippines says sailor sustained serious injury in South China Sea collision

* Guo’s lawyer writes to Palace: Mayor innocent; has no Pogo link

* China and Philippines spar over details of latest ship collision

* Court finds four Philippine police guilty in drug war killings

* External debt up in 1Q, say Philippine government officials

* Huge rice imports won’t burden weak peso - Central bank reveals it has sufficient forex reserves

Philippine police officers attend their trial in Manila on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at a court where they were found guilty of killing a father and son in a rare case of members of law enforcement being prosecuted for taking part in former president Rodrigo Duterte's drug war that claimed thousands of lives. - AFPPhilippine police officers attend their trial in Manila on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at a court where they were found guilty of killing a father and son in a rare case of members of law enforcement being prosecuted for taking part in former president Rodrigo Duterte's drug war that claimed thousands of lives. - AFP

Vietnam:

* China accuses US of ‘malign intention’ to discredit its Covid-19 vaccines

* Landslide kills four including one-month old baby in Vietnam's northern mountainous region

* Online scams a growing threat in Vietnam

* Vietnam extends tax payment deadline for domestic cars

* US rebukes Hanoi ahead of expected Putin visit

* Elderly population offers economic opportunity for Vietnam govt

Myanmar:

* UN rights chief: Rohingya have 'nowhere to flee' in western Myanmar fighting

* Three killed in car fire after power line falls in Yangon

* Thousands of Rohingya feared trapped in fighting in western Myanmar

Tourists take selfie photos in front of a monument of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Hanoi on June 18, 2024. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is set to travel to Vietnam, Kremlin officials said, following a visit to North Korea starting on Tuesday, June 18. - AFPTourists take selfie photos in front of a monument of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Hanoi on June 18, 2024. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is set to travel to Vietnam, Kremlin officials said, following a visit to North Korea starting on Tuesday, June 18. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia’s economy on growth track, all sectors recovering fast, says PM Hun Manet

* Repatriated artefacts on display at Cambodia's National Museum

* Cambodia arrests 9 for drug trafficking, seizes over 60kg of narcotics

Laos:

* Laos to hold festival to promote handicrafts and tourism

* Laos, Hungary to enhance bilateral cooperation

* Laos strives to promote tourism

Brunei:

* Brunei school unveils major solar PV project with aims of reducing carbon footprint and promote renewable energy usage

* Brunei company joins tech talk in Singapore

A man walks past a fountain as temperatures soar in Beijing, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. As southern China is reeling from heavy rains that triggered landslides, much of northern China, including the capital, Beijing, has endured high temperatures in recent days. - APA man walks past a fountain as temperatures soar in Beijing, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. As southern China is reeling from heavy rains that triggered landslides, much of northern China, including the capital, Beijing, has endured high temperatures in recent days. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Malaysia set to join BRICS, says Anwar / An explainer on BRICS

* Malaysia and Turkiye agree to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza, says Anwar

* HK superstar Andy Lau to stage four shows in KL in October, one date clashes with Jay Chou

* Australia uneasy over China diplomats who shadowed journalist who was once held in China

* Heavy rains, landslides in China's Guangdong and Fujian kill nine

* Priyanka Gandhi to make ellectoral debut in India by-election

* China’s next-gen sexbots powered by AI are about to hit the shelves

* Ahead of Paris Olympics, China takes steps to curb unruly sports fans

* India to probe railway collision that killed nine, injured dozens

* Huawei considers app store fees as it surpasses iPhone in China

* Japan reports record spike in flesh-eating bacterial infections

* Chinese Premier Li targets clean energy in Australia visit

* S. Korean doctors set for mass walkout over med school seats

* China dismisses EU comments on human rights crackdown

* Two injured after Air New Zealand flight encounters severe turbulence

* New Zealand will increase its military contribution to N. Korea sanctions monitoring

* China’s south bears brunt of rains with at least nine dead and hundreds homeless

* Soldiers cross border, landmines explode as N. Korea reinforces border: Seoul military

* And the Hong Kong Oscar for best train food goes to ... kitchen to station platform delivery

* Hong Kong airport urged to review contingency plans after eight-hour runway closure

* Cricket-Pooran turns on the power as West Indies pummel Afghanistan

* Asian markets rise with Wall St as traders eye latest US data / Asia shares push higher; RBA stands pat on rates

* Date my cat: China youth host matchmaking events for pets to relieve stress, pressure to get married, sparks online discussions

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