Asean morning news for December 25

Asean morning news for December 25

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Vin Ra         @VinRai3

 

Vietnam sees ASEAN as cornerstone in its multilateral diplomacy
The establishment of the committee, which is headed by Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, aims to make preparations for Vietnam to shoulder the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
— Nhandan

CPTPP spells trouble for Asean, particularly Malaysia
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is the new acronym for the earlier botched Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), might pose serious problems for Asean countries that are signing up to this major trade and investment deal.
— Khmer Times

Southeast Asian exports to China rise on trade war fears
China-bound exports from Southeast Asia have increased as businesses move up shipments before the Sino-American trade war intensifies further, setting the stage for a drop-off later that threatens to put the brakes on the regional economy.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Is Beijing unstoppable in the South China Sea?
Verbal warnings, strongly worded statements and freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) – all seem to have fallen on deaf ears as Beijing continues its pursuit of militarising islands in the disputed South China Sea.
— The Asean Post

AirAsia to sell leasing unit to Castlelake for $768 million
Malaysian discount carrier AirAsia Group said Monday it has signed a pact to sell a leasing unit with 25 aircraft to U.S. private investment firm Castlelake in a deal worth $768 million.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asean-China youth forum tackles business
The 2nd Asean-China Young Entrepreneur Forum (ACYEF) was convened on December 17-18 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, bringing together around 100 young entrepreneurs – including six from Brunei Darussalam – to discuss the challenges of technology and innovation in business.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National ASEAN 2020 Committee makes debut
The National ASEAN 2020 Committee, tasked with making preparations for Vietnam to shoulder the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, made debut in Hanoi on December 24.
— Vietnam Plus

New dawn for those with disabilities
The adoption of the “Asean Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” at the Singapore Summit in November marks a new milestone for persons with disabilities in the community. For the first time since the commencement of Asean in 2015, the leaders have shown to people with disabilities what it means to be part of a “People-Centred Community”.
— Bangkok Post

‘Mekong-Korea cooperation spearheads sustainable development’
The Greater Mekong Subregion is a transnational area along the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia, spanning some 5,000 kilometers through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
— The Korea Herald

Brunei leapfrogs to 59th place in UN E-Government Survey
BRUNEI Darussalam has risen 24 places to rank 59th among 193 countries in the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018.
— Borneo Bulletin

From condoms to condos – Southeast Asia’s sex tourism journey
This is a story that has all the epic elements of military power, big oil, sleaze, real estate, greed and ultimately transformation. Southeast Asia’s sex tourism journey on a broad scale goes back to the 1960’s and the Vietnam War.
— The Thaiger

ASEAN, Korean varsity students to participate in homestay programme in Indonesia
THE ASEAN-Korea Centre will organise the ASEAN Community-based Tourism Programme 2018 in Desa Wisata Nglanggeran, Jogjakarta, Indonesia from January 3-7, 2019 under the theme ‘Youth Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development’.
— Borneo Bulletin (paywall)

ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 17 – 23 December 2018
In Week 51, heavy rainfall had brought about flash floods affecting people and disrupting daily activities. On the other hand, geophysical hazards monitored included activity for Mt Anak Krakatau and Mt Soputan. A total of 6 earthquakes of M5,0 and above were reported this week (BMKG and USGS).
— Relief Web

Asean-China youth forum tackles business
The 2nd Asean-China Young Entrepreneur Forum (ACYEF) was convened on December 17-18 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, bringing together around 100 young entrepreneurs – including six from Brunei Darussalam – to discuss the challenges of technology and innovation in business.
— Phnom Penh Post

ASEAN should be people focussed
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way economically and politically over the past 51 years. However, one dimension of ASEAN’s integration process has often been looked over – its social integration between the people of various nationalities in the region.
— Theasean Post

ASEAN, Korean varsity students to participate in homestay programme in Indonesia
THE ASEAN-Korea Centre will organise the ASEAN Community-based Tourism Programme 2018 in Desa Wisata Nglanggeran, Jogjakarta, Indonesia from January 3-7, 2019 under the theme ‘Youth Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development’.
— Borneo Bulletion

Life Transformation for ASEAN Women Prisoners Sparkled at the 3rd Bangkok Rules Training
The Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) organized the third training session on “The Implementation of the Bangkok Rules” for senior ASEAN correctional officers to advocate a new standard of conduct for women prisoners to align with human rights perspectives, prepare inmates for their reintegration to society and reduce reoffending chances. The training also helps promote the Bangkok Rules implementation across the ASEAN region.
— Nationmult Timedia

Strengthening ASEAN’s cybersecurity
Terrorism in Southeast Asia has long been a threat. Previously, the spectre of terrorism haunted the region via threats of physical violence, from bombings to kidnappings. However, in the current internet age, terrorism has found new methods to attack its targets. Cyberterrorism in the region has been a growing concern and experts have called out the region’s slow response to it.
— Theasean Post

ASEAN Must Choose: America or China?
It is time for Southeast Asian states and ASEAN to think, act and speak consistently and clearly for its own interests—or else court irrelevance and ruin of its own strategic objectives.
— Nationl Interest

 

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

CNRP: Rainsy set for return to Cambodia
A facebook post over the weekend claimed Cambodia National Rescue Party acting president Sam Rainsy will return to Cambodia “before Khmer New Year” after moving to France to avoid arrest on a slew of outstanding legal cases and sentences.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Business registration skyrockets in 2018
The number of businesses that registered with the Ministry of Commerce during the first 11 months of the year more than doubled compared to 2017, with a total of 14,552 companies formalising.
— The Khmer Times

Workers in Kandal walk-out in protest over colleague’s dismissal
More than one hundred Prestige Garment workers in Kandal province walked out in protest yesterday after their colleague was sacked for attempting to form a local union.
— The Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll nears 400
DOZENS of filled body bags were hauled away from buildings flattened by Indonesia’s volcano-triggered tsunami on Monday, as the death toll climbed to 373 and search teams pushed on with the grim hunt for corpses.
— The Malaysian Insight

Indonesia President orders early detection system
Indonesian President Joko Widodo calls for his country to implement early detection systems after a tsunami killed at least 280 people and injured hundreds more.
— CNN

City to foot medical, funeral bills of Jakartan tsunami victims: Anies
The Jakarta governor has announced that the capital will be paying for the medical and funeral costs of Jakartans who were killed in the Sunda Strait tsunami that hit the Anyer coast in Banten province on Saturday evening.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve
 

Laos lost $30 million to corruption this year
Corruption in Laos has become worse despite the government’s ramped-up efforts to battle the issue over the past two years, NGOs say.
— Investine

Russian de-miners in Laos clear over 40 hectares of mines
embers of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Anti-Mine Center’s team deployed to Laos have cleared more than 40 hectares of mines, Russia’s Krasnaya Zvezda (or Red Star) newspaper reported on Monday.
— Tass

Lao’s tourism problem
Earlier this year, the Lao government had targeted to attract around 5 million tourists and earn around US$900 million this year. Unfortunately, recent local reports quoted Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala as telling a parliament’s session that the goal may not be realised this year.
— The Asean Post

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia’s economy likely to grow in February-April 2019: DoSM
Malaysia’s economy is likely to grow in February to April 2019, says the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).
— The Edge Markets

Malaysia sees soft power sector growth in 2018
Due to adequate reserve margin at 30 per cent and flat economic fundamentals, the power sector does not see much growth in 2018 even though the distribution side is still keeping pace with supply connections to new areas and new demands.
— The Star Online

AirAsia sells Merah Aviation Asset for RM3.22b
AirAsia Group Bhd is disposing of its entire stake in Merah Aviation Asset Holding Ltd to AS Air Lease Holdings 5T DAC for US$768 million (RM3.22 billion).
— The Sun Daily

See here for more of today’s Malaysia Morning News

 

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Vin Ra         @VinRai3

 

Myanmar court hears appeal of Reuters reporters
A Myanmar court on Monday heard an argument in the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act.
— The Globe Andmail

Head of World Food Program raises ‘extreme concerns’ about Rohingya returning to Myanmar
The head of the United Nation’s World Food Program visited Rohingya camps this week and voiced ‘extreme concerns’ about their return. “I know if I were in their shoes, I’d have some extreme concerns about going back and we heard that from people all over the camp,” said David Beasley.
— Global News

UN Members Thwart China’s Bid to Gut Funds for Myanmar Probe
United Nations member countries thwarted an attempt by China to slash proposed funding for investigations into Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. This ensures that a newly established UN body will have the necessary financing to gather and preserve criminal evidence for future trials.
— Hrw

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Net ‘hot money’ hits $1.09B as of early Dec
Foreign portfolio investments hit a net inflow of $1.092 billion early in December, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed, rebounding from a net outflow posted a year earlier.
— The Manila Times

Dissecting Data: PH posts ‘respectable’ economic growth in 2018
The Philippine economy posted a slower but “respectable” growth rate in the third quarter of 2018 at 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent in the second quarter, Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia has said.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

National government borrowings decline in October 2018
The national government reported lower borrowings last October as both debt from domestic and external sources declined during the month, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

“Singapore figured very highly as a place from which money laundering occurred”: Veteran business journalist on 1MDB fiasco
Veteran business journalist P. Gunasegaran and his team from the now-defunct online business news portal KINIBIZ suggested in 1MDB: The Scandal That Brought Down a Government that Singapore figured very highly as a place from which money laundering occurred.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore goes underground to boost land use
It will unveil an Underground Master Plan in 2019 which will feature data centres, utility plants, bus depots, a deep-tunnel sewerage system, warehousing and water reservoirs
— The Business Times

Singapore core inflation slips to 1.7% in November, below economists’ estimates
Singapore saw both core and headline inflation easing year-on-year in November, according to the Department of Statistics consumer price index (CPI) release on Monday.
— The Business Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ

 

Thousands flock to Government Housing Bank for cheap housing loans
Thousands of people flocked to the head office of the Government Housing Bank (GHB) on Rama 9 Road in Bangkok this morning in order to apply for housing loans to purchase housing units under the One Million Housing Units Project.
— Thai PBS World

Activist, Politician Vow to Sue Over Leaked Sex Tape
A pro-democracy activist and a Pheu Thai party member on Monday said they’ll pursue legal action over their sex tape alleged to be filmed by a third party as a tactic to discredit them.
— Khaosod English

Armed bandits steal school guards’ guns
Pattani: A school in Sai Buri district suspended all classes on Monday after security officers guarding the premises were robbed of their weapons on Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

67 fintech companies compete for Vietnam’s US$4.4-billion market
Two thirds of Vietnamese fintech firms are providing payment services for customers through online payment apps.
— Viet Nam Net

Air fares rise ahead of Tết holiday
Travellers preparing for the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday are facing higher fares and a shortage of tickets, with some flyers having to book late evening flights, or book early or late, to save money on domestic routes.
— Viet Nam News

Forestry exports rise by 16 percent in 2018
Vietnam earns more than 9.3 billion USD from the export of forestry products in 2018, up 15.9 percent from last year, according to the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST).
— VNA NET

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