Asean morning news for September 6

Asean morning news for September 6

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu @stmarisewudolu

 

Free cross-border data flow is essential for Asia digital economies – GSMA
Governments in Asia can expand the region’s digital economy and unlock further socio-economic benefits for their citizens by removing unnecessary restrictions on the movement of data internationally, according to a report from the GSMA.
— Telecompaper

Border-crossing rules in Mekong subregion ‘need to be standardised’
SETTING standards for the crossing of borders is an urgent requirement for logistics in the Mekong sub-region, the former chief of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Supachai Panitchpakdi, said yesterday.
— The Nation

ASEAN cyber security drill focuses on coin-mining virus prevention
The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) hosted
the ASEAN CERTs Incident Drill – ACID 2018 in Hanoi on September 5, focusing on improving the capacity of participating countries in dealing with cyber crimes caused by coin mining viruses.
— Vietnam Plus

Thailand claims victory at 12th ASEAN Skills Competition
The 12th ASEAN Skills Competition has concluded, with Thailand claiming 16 gold medals from 26 skill areas.
— Vietnam Plus

The ASEAN way to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Individually, ASEAN’s members have little global clout; collectively, they represent 10 percent of the world’s people and nearly 5pc of its GDP.
— Myanmar Times

How technology is enabling SMEs
From 2007 to 2014, trade by ASEAN nations grew by a value of nearly US$1 trillion to a total of US$2.5 trillion.
— The Asean Post

China Wolfs Down Southeast Asia’s Wildlife
There is a monster chewing its way through the wildlife of its smaller, weaker Southeast Asian neighbors. The monster can change forms—like a shape-shifter—but it goes by one name: China.
— Asia Sentinel

Using tech to combat human trafficking
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to tackle the scourge of human trafficking for a while now.
— The Asean Post

THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN JIHADISM
Shortly after sunrise on July 31, soldiers at a military checkpoint outside Lamitan City in the Philippines’ Basilan province were hailed over to inspect a white 10-seat van suspected of bearing an improvised explosive device.
— War on the Rocks

Baby-making in the name of the nation
The Southeast Asian region is only just managing to maintain its population but there are indications that the fertility rates of ASEAN member nations are continuing to fall.
— The Asean Post

The ASEAN Opportunity for European Businesses
European companies with an ASEAN presence are more positive about the general business climate in the region now than a year earlier, and according to a majority, the ASEAN region’s relative importance to their global revenues has increased over
the past two years.
— Brink Asia

AsiaAsia bags more awards
AirAsia has been named Asia’s leading low-cost airline for the sixth year in a row at the 2018 World Travel Award Asia and Australasia.
— TTR Weekly

Eight of the best beach clubs in Southeast Asia for partying well beyond summer
The end of summer is nearing in Hong Kong but there is still time to get away and enjoy sunny skies, crystal waters, upbeat music and a cocktail or two.
— South China Morning Post

How cybersecurity and data storage laws could pull the plug on Southeast Asia’s digital economy
Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world, a handful of countries with thousands of languages and cultures, yet all having one thing in common – bold ambitions for their digital economies.
— South China Morning Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Michael Johansen @mfjohansen47

 

Cambodia’s new one-party legislature begins session
Cambodia’s king on Wednesday presided over the opening of the new session of the National Assembly, whose 125 seats are filled by members of a single party following an election widely decried as unfair.
Associated Press

His Majesty the King Urges More Efforts to Help People Enjoy Their Rights and Freedoms
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, has appealed to the newly-elected lawmakers to do their best to help people enjoy their rights and freedoms.
Agence Kampuchea Presse

Vietnam blogger jailings highlight US double standards
The relatively muted response of the European Union (EU) and the American government to the 20-year prison sentence given last month to Vietnamese activist Le Dinh Luong stands in stark contrast to the loud intimidation the United States and the EU have been directing towards Cambodia since its general election last month.
— AEC News Today

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Michael Johansen @mfjohansen47

 

Jokowi speaks up about rupiah’s drop
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has spoken up about the depreciation of the rupiah, which hit Rp 14,900 to the US dollar on Wednesday, saying that his economic ministers were dealing with the issue.
The Jakarta Post

Police Urge Journalists to Avert from Provocative News Sources
Bangka Belitung Islands Police Chief Brig. Gen. Syaiful Zachri called on journalists to wisely choose their sources of interviews, especially regarding provocative statements in the wake of the 2019 general elections that could potentially cause a public disrupt.
Tempo

Jakarta mob beats hit-and-run bus lane interloper (video)
A video gone viral showing mayhem on a Jakarta street reveals two things about Indonesia’s capital: Few drivers respect the dedicated bus lanes and mob violence still rules.
AEC News Today (video)

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos to halve import permit procedures by 2019
Laos will try to cut by half the number of procedures, time taken, costs involved and documents currently required to obtain an import or export licence by 2019, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.— Xinhua

Lao farmers using “photovoice” to communicate about climate change
Driving south from Vientiane, capital of Lao PDR, for about 600 kilometers, our team arrived at ‘Baan Phailom’ (meaning the village that is surrounded by bamboo trees in Lao language).
— Mekong Commons

Laos, China ink deal on railway service training college
Laos and China on Tuesday signed an agreement for a feasibility study on the establishment of a college that would train personnel to work as ticket sellers, station operators and provide various passenger services.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men @MenSreypov

 

KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail formally postponed; service targeted to start by Jan 2031
Singapore and Malaysia have formally agreed to postpone the construction of the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail until end-May 2020, with Malaysia having to pay Singapore S$15 million for costs incurred in suspending the project.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia to standardise minimum wage at RM1,050 nationwide from January
The government today confirmed that a standardised minimum wage of RM1,050 a month, or RM5.05 an hour, will be implemented throughout the country from January 2019.
— The Edge Markets

Malaysian businesses confused over tax system under SST
Malaysian businesses are in for a rough ride, five days into the implementation of the Sales and Service Tax (SST), due to confusion over the taxation system.
— AsiaOne

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Joanne Encantador @encantador_jo

 

Wives Of Two Jailed Myanmar Journalists Shocked By Their 7 Year Sentences: My Hope Was Broken | TIME
The wives of two Myanmar reporters for the Reuters news agency sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for possessing state secrets said Tuesday they were shocked by the court’s decision.
— Time

NCA-S EAO Ethnic Summit to be held on September 8
A summit of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) which signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the government will reportedly be held on September 8.
— Mizzima

Accidents Decline on Myanmar’s ‘Death Highway’
Sixty people were killed and more than 570 others were injured in traffic accidents in eight months on the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway, according to the expressway traffic police force.
— The Irrawaddy

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Inflation surges to 6.4% in August 2018, exceeds estimates
Inflation or the increase in the prices of goods climbed to
another 9-year high, hitting 6.4% in August.
— Rappler

PH signs ₱4.4 billion investment deals with Israel
The country has signed $82.9 million or roughly ₱4.4 billion worth of investment deals from Israeli businesses in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Israel.
— CNN Philippines

Gov’t spending peaks by 34% to P328.1 billion in July 2018
The Philippine government has reached its peak on spending, with disbursements amounting to P328.1 billion in July or a 34% increase from the same period in 2017.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Joanne Encantador @encantador_jo

 

Singapore growth outlook unchanged despite uncertainties
Private sector economists kept their growth forecast for Singapore intact despite increased concerns stemming from protectionism in the U.S., a quarterly central bank survey showed on Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail formally postponed; service targeted to start by Jan 2031
Singapore and Malaysia have formally agreed to postpone the construction of the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail until end-May 2020, with Malaysia having to pay Singapore S$15 million for costs incurred in suspending the project.
— Channel NewsAsia

800 patients given mislabelled drug dosages, double the earlier estimate
More than 800 patients were affected by the glitch in the GPConnect software on Saturday – more than double the initial estimate.
— The Straits Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre @photo_journ

 

CSI LA Facebook followers arrested in Koh Tao rape case
Police have arrested nine of 12 people wanted for publishing or sharing a CSI LA Facebook report about the alleged rape of a 19-year-old British tourist on Koh Tao.
— The Phuket News

Urgent flood meet precedes dam releases
The governors of Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Songkhram attended an urgent meeting Wednesday to prepare their provinces for excess water being released from the Sri Nakharin and Vajiralongkorn dams, which could cause widespread floods in the coming days.
— Bangkok Post

‘Boss’ is off the front page of Interpol – the search for the fugitive Red Bull heir
The Interpol website’s removal of its red notice against Thai fugitive Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, involved in a 2012 hit-and-run road incident in which a Bangkok policeman died, will negatively affect an international effort to bring him to justice.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam blogger jailings highlight US double standards (video)
The relatively muted response of the European Union (EU) and the American government to the 20-year prison sentence given last month to Vietnamese activist Le Dinh Luong stands in stark contrast to the loud intimidation the United States and the EU have been directing towards Cambodia since its general election last month.
— AEC News Today (video)

Solar energy investors racing for incentives
Investors in solar energy projects are racing to begin operations before June 30, 2019, to qualify for incentives offered by the Government.
— VietnamNet Bridge

MoIT to auction duty quota for sugar import
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will hold bids on the right to use duty quota to import 94,000 tonnes of sugar this year.
— Bizhub

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