Asean morning news for February 25

Asean morning news for February 25

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Clarity needed as trust deficit widens between Cambodia and Asean ally over ‘MS Westerdam’
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen last week expressed his disappointment with Malaysia over the irregularity of testing the 83-years old US passenger of the MS Westerdam cruise ship.
— Khmer Times

China, Southeast Asia Set Aside Mistrust to Fight Deadly Virus
China and 10 Southeast Asian countries are linking up to fight a deadly coronavirus outbreak that’s threatening tourism and trade ties.
— VOA Khmer

PHL productivity top in Southeast Asia–Jetro poll
THE Philippines has the highest productivity in the manufacturing sector in Southeast Asia, as Japanese investors find the minimum wage here most appropriate for the level and volume of work completed by laborers.
— Business Mirror

EU eyes FTAs with Asean as a whole
The EU has expressed interest in pursuing a number of free trade agreements (FTAs) in the region, not only with Thailand but eventually with Asean as a whole, says EU-Asean Business Council Chairman Donald Kanak.
— Bangkok Post

US, ASEAN Eye March Special Summit to Boost Ties
The United States and 10 nations from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are eyeing a special summit in March to boost ties at a time when analysts say China continues to expand its influence in Southeast Asia, while driving a wedge between Washington and some of its traditional allies in the region.
— Voice of America

Containing the economic fallout of Covid-19
AFTER many headlines of panic, the response to the Covid-19 outbreak is entering a new phase.
— The Business Times

Mekong Tourism Forum mulls new dates
Final dates for the annual Mekong Tourism Forum are up in the air, and it is now confirmed the forum will not be held during the last week of April as earlier announced by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.
— TTR Weekly

How unique lending platforms boost small businesses in Southeast Asia
In a joint report released recently by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and SME Finance Forum, it was found that the global funding gap for small, medium and micro businesses amounted to US$5.2 trillion per year, with the East Asia and Pacific region representing 58 per cent of the global demand.
— e27

Human rights under attack in Southeast Asia
Exiled Mu Sochua recounts numerous cases in Cambodia and Thailand in which democratic parties and leaders are threatened by kangaroo courts and laws designed to stifle dissent and human rights.
— UCA News (video)

Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit?
E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, tank systems, or mods.
— The Asean Post

Malaysia’s women entrepreneurs urged to tap into Asean
Women entrepreneurs have been urged to expand their business horizon and explore trade potentials in other countries in particular Asean.
— Malay Mail

Vietnam chairs SOM for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), in its role as Chair of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community 2020, is chairing the Senior Officials’ Meeting for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOCA) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong from February 24-25.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN fathers need paternity leave
It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners, soon after childbirth.
— The Asean Post

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PM Hun Sen and ASEAN Leaders to Hold Bilateral Meeting with President Trump (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said ASEAN leaders will meet bilaterally with American President Donald Trump at the ASEAN-US Summit, to be held in Las Vegas in March 2020.
— Fresh News

17 kids rescued in Phuket human-trafficking raids
“All 17 children were Cambodian and were taken to the Phuket Shelter for Children and Families on Koh Siray.”
— The Thaiger

Foreign Arrivals Drop by 60 Percent due to COVID-19 Fears
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said here this morning that the fears of COVID-19 have been affecting tourism in the region as well as in Cambodia.
— AKP

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9 Indonesians on Diamond Princess Contract Coronavirus: Govt
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto confirmed that the number of Indonesian nationals infected by the coronavirus or COVID-19 on board of the Diamond Princess cruise ship increased to nine people.
— Tempo.co

Dream Cruises repatriates Indonesian crew over COVID-19 outbreak
Dream Cruises announced that departures of its several cruise ships were suspended over the current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and sent several of its crew back home, including 188 Indonesians employed at World Dream.
— Antara News

Seven provinces placed on alert status over torrential rainfall: BMKG
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced here, today, that the second-highest alert status “siaga” was issued for seven Indonesian provinces over floods following heavy downpour on Monday that may continue on Feb 25.
— Antara News

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Govt vows to keep Laos free from Covid-19
The government’s monthly meeting last week agreed to keep strict measures in place to ensure Laos remains free from the new Covid-19 virus, which is spreading around the world.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

OPINION: It is time to prepare for the possibility of wider transmission of novel coronavirus in Laos
Our region is at a critical stage in the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. Most cases are still in China, but the virus has now also been confirmed in many other parts of the world.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos tightens defences with China against Covid-19
Laos and China are strengthening the coordination of information and expertise exchanges to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Laos and the region.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia’s Mahathir resigns but is asked to stay as interim PM
Prime minister’s move follows a weekend of political turmoil amid bid by his party to form new government without Anwar.
— Aljazeera

Guan Eng: Tun M quit because he did not want to work with Umno
Lim Guan Eng has shed light on the actual reason behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation today as the Prime Minister and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s stock market drops by 41.4 points at close today, lowest in nine years, amid crisis in govt
The FBM KLCI closed at 41.14 points or 2.69 per cent lower at 1,490.06 today, the lowest point since 2011’s 1,500.91. The KLCI already took a hit this morning with a drop of 26.48 points at 1,501.47 at the opening and.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Virus outbreak could impact Myanmar garment factories by March
The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) says it fears that half the garment factories in the country may have to shut down temporarily as soon as March, due to a shortage of raw materials from China.
— Myanmar Times

EU to send another monitoring mission to Myanmar, ambassador says
An EU monitoring mission is expected to visit Myanmar again before this summer following the EU commission’s decision to withdraw Cambodia’s market privileges in mid-February.
— Myanmar Times

Govt defends internet shutdown in Rakhine
The internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin states is necessary due to the intense fighting between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA) in the area, a government spokesman said.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Filipino crew of Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus now at 59
The number of Filipino crew members aboard Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess who have been infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has risen to 59 as of Monday, February 24.
— Rappler

Single-use plastics banned in gov’t offices
Single use plastics have been banned in all government offices all over the country.
— Tempo

Up to 2,000 workers to be hit by Honda unit closure in Philippines
As many as 2,000 workers are expected to be negatively affected by the decision by the Philippine unit of Honda Motor to stop local production, the country’s biggest labour coalition said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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2 COVID-19 patients discharged in Singapore; 1 new reported case: MOH
Two more COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospital on Monday (Feb 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update, while one new case was confirmed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore core inflation misses forecasts in January at 0.3%
SINGAPORE inflation missed industry forecasts in January, hampered by a sharper fall in the cost of retail and other goods, according to consumer price index (CPI) data out on Monday.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: 11 workers banned for entering Singapore without proper approval, 500 entry applications rejected daily
Eleven workers have been banned since Singapore implemented entry approval requirements for work pass holders with travel history to mainland China, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a news release on Monday (Feb 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Head-on train collision injures at least 30 in Ratchaburi
At least 30 people were injured as two trains collided head-on at Pak Tho station in Ratchaburi on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Students protest party ban as opposition grills Prayut
Hundreds of students protested on Monday against the dissolution of popular opposition party Future Forward as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five cabinet ministers faced the first day of a censure debate in parliament.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 officially designated a dangerous infectious disease in Thailand
Thailand’s National Committee for the Control Infectious Diseases has decided to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam tells banks to cut or delay loan payments from virus-hit firms – c.bank
Vietnam’s central bank ordered commercial banks on Monday to eliminate, cut or delay interest payments on loans to companies facing losses due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Yahoo News

Vietnam loosens regulations for car imports
Vietnam has scrapped the requirement for vehicle type approval certificates for car imports and eased customs clearance procedures.
— Retail News

An Introduction to Doing Business in Vietnam 2020 – New Publication from Dezan Shira & Associates
An Introduction to Doing Business in Vietnam 2020, the latest publication from Dezan Shira & Associates, is out now and available for complimentary download through the Asia Briefing Publication Store.
— Vietnam-Briefing

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