Asean morning news for January 10

Asean morning news for January 10

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Southeast Asia hits $226m in healthtech investments in 2019, report finds
Southeast Asia recorded a total of US$226 million in healthtech investments in 2019, with Singapore and Indonesia scoring about 93% of the total funding value, according to a report by Singapore-based advisory firm Galen Growth.
— Tech in Asia

Higher oil prices to boost Malaysia’s growth, hit S’pore: Barclays
IN emerging Asia, higher oil prices — fuelled by escalating tensions between the United States and Iran — are likely to benefit Malaysia’s growth the most, while hitting Singapore the hardest, said Barclays analysts in a Jan 8 report.
— The Business Times

Operation Goldfish Alpha reduces cryptojacking across Southeast Asia by 78%
Interpol announced today the results of Operation Goldfish Alpha, a six-month effort to secure hacked routers across the Southeast Asia region.
— ZDNET

Thailand asks Malaysia to help find Rohingya who escaped detention centre
Thailand has asked Malaysia to help find a group of Rohingya Muslim trafficking victims who absconded from a detention centre in the south of the country, Thai police said on Thursday.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Scientists recommend a customized regional climate model over Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has experienced impacts of climate change in recent decades, including rising temperatures and increasing extrme events.
— Phys.Org

Scientist plants corals in South China Sea to save ecosystem
For Huang Hui, planting corals in the deep sea is the most beautiful job in the world. “Coral reefs are rainforests under sea, like a garden in the water,” said Huang. “It is significant to recover and protect them,” Huang told the Global Times.
— Global Times

South China Sea issue to feature in Asean talks
Vietnam is expected to ensure all Asean meetings touch on the South China Sea issue to enable the regional grouping to be better prepared in dealing with China.
— New Straits Times

Surfacing Innovative Solutions for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution
Over 8 billion kilograms of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year.
— Eco-business

Vietnam boosts defense cooperation among Asean members
Vietnam looks forward to continued support and contributions from fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states during its chairmanship of the Asean Community, and for the common interests and success of Asean 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

Vietnam calls for fair, sustainable use of Mekong River resources
Vietnam has asked all riparian countries of the Mekong River to act together in using its water and other resources in a fair and sustainable manner.
— VnExpress International

ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative: Enhancing the enabling environment for education continuity in multi-hazard settings in ASEAN
ASEAN region is home to various types of disasters, large and small scales caused by various drivers.
— Reliefweb

Tech groups must address the digital divide in south-east Asia
South-east Asia, a diverse and dynamic region with a young and energetic population, is gearing up for its third economic transformation since the second world war.
— Financial Times

Defence official meets ASEAN delegates in Da Nang
Director of the Defence Ministry’s Foreign Relations Department Lieut. Gen Vu Chien Thang, head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Working Group (ADSOM WG) and ADSOM Plus WG meetings, met with ASEAN delegations in the central city of Da Nang on January 8.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN’s child sex trade thriving
In March 2019, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) revealed that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the United States (US) after investigators took down an online paedophilia ring.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN Defence SOM Working Group meeting opens
A meeting of the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Working Group (ADSOM WG) opened in the central city of Da Nang on January 9, with over 80 delegates from policymaking units of 10 ASEAN countries’ defence ministries and ASEAN Secretariat taking part.
— Vietnamplus

Bringing digital financial services to S-E Asia
WITH a population of 570 million and a booming GDP expected to reach US$4.7 trillion by 2025, the six largest markets in South-east Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – represent one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.
— The Business Times

3 genuine ways to get media attention for your startup in Southeast Asia
It has been 1.5 years since I began my journey in the content marketing team at iPrice Group, a Southeast Asian e-commerce startup with 150 employees.
— e27

The Mekong: the good, bad and ugly sides to the ‘Danube of the East’
To Tibetans, it’s known as Dza Chu, or the River of Rocks, and to the Chinese it’s the Lancang Jiang, the Turbulent River.
— South China Morning Post

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Thousands on strike over pay at Cambodian casino NagaWorld
Thousands of Cambodians working for a Hong Kong-listed casino company have gone on strike for higher pay and better working conditions, they said on Thursday.
— Reuters  

Cambodian Authorities Successfully Cease Arcade and Online Gambling Operations in 91 Casinos
The Cambodian Finance Ministry reported that the country’s authorities have succeeded to cease all registered online and arcade gambling operations in 91 casino venues.
— Casino Game   

Bunong complain of logging at Phnom Preah mountain
The Bunong ethnic community in Mondulkiri province’s Me Pai village, Pou Chrei commune, in Pech Chreada district alleged that an estimated 100ha of protected forest at the foot of the Phnom Preah mountain had been illegally logged with help from local authorities.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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TNI: Chinese Vessels in Natuna Have Left EEZ
Chief of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Information Center (Kapuspen), Major General Sisriadi, has stated that the Chinese ships that previously fished illegally in the Northern Natuna Sea, Riau Islands, have exited the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
— Tempo.co

Ministry seizes three Vietnamese fishing vessels in North Natuna
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has detained three Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels in the North Natuna waters for illegal fishing.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s government ready to evacuate Indonesians from Iran
The Government of Indonesia is ready to evacuate Indonesian citizens from Iran following a spike in tensions since the assassination of top Iranian military officer, Qassem Soleimani, in US attacks.
— Antara News

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Laos imposes new regulations on growing vehicle industry
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce on January 3 posted the decree at https://www.laotradeportal.gov.la/, a government website that provides business operators with useful trading information.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao hydropower plant connected to Cambodia’s grid
The Dan Sahong Hydropower Plant in Laos was connected to Cambodia’s national grid on January 7 after the plant finished tests on four generators, the Khmer Times reported.
— Vietnam Plus 

Power usage in Laos predicted to soar to 1,800MW in 2020-25
Northern Laos will require around 1,050MW, followed by the central region with 500MW, while the south will need 250MW, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath told the media recently.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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‘700% cost increase’: Malaysia puts export permit rule changes for fruits and veggies on hold
Malaysia’s initial plans to implement stricter regulations for all plant commodity export permit applications to Singapore have been put on hold after vehement protests from local fruit and vegetable firms.
— Food Navigator

Malaysia imposes anti-dumping duty on Vietnamese steel products for five years
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam’s cold-rolled coil and non-alloy steel coil products, along with those of China, South Korea and Japan, will be imposed anti-dumping duties for five years by Malaysia.
— Sggp News

Finance minister says beat 2019 sales tax target by RM5.5b
The federal government collected RM27.5 billion in Sales and Services Tax (SST) revenue in 2019 to surpass the RM22 billion targeted for the year, Lim Guan Eng said today.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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New bank notes will not affect inflation, expert says
The release of new K1000 bank notes bearing the portrait of Bogyoke Aung San on January 7 is not expected to impact inflation, economists and banking experts said in response to market concerns.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar has potential investments from ASEAN countries in 2019-20 FY
Myanmar has potential investments from Hong Kong and ASEAN countries such as Singapore and Thailand in 2019-20 FY, according to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
— Eleven Myanmar

Aid Group Ends Food Program in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Citing Government Restrictions
Amid fighting between Myanmar and Arakan Army (AA) forces in northern Rakhine state, the global humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) said it has decided to end its food program in the state on account of the government’s restrictions on staff movements.
— Radio Free Asia

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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AFP: Dozens of Chinese vessels spotted near Pag-asa Island
Chinese fishing vessels continue to stay near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
— Inquirer.net

PH cancels repatriation bid
The government has called off the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon following what appeared to be a de-escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.
— Manilastandard.net

Japan to provide additional P2B to fortify Metro Manila bridges vs earthquakes
The Philippines and Japan on Thursday, January 9, exchanged diplomatic notes that would allow additional Japanese aid for the strengthening of two bridges in Metro Manila against earthquakes.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Big jump in dengue clusters over just two days
Twenty-two new dengue clusters have emerged, bringing the total number as at Wednesday to 108.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s adjusted gender pay gap narrows to 6%: MOM study
WHILE women still earn less than men in Singapore, the pay difference between men and women with similar roles, experience and age has narrowed over the years, even if other occupational segregation appears to have worsened, a study has found.
— The Business Times

417 road accidents involving cyclists and e-bike users last year, slight drop from 2018
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the improvement should not be taken for granted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Outdoor activities discouraged as air quality worsens
The level of PM 2.5 airborne dust measured today was higher than yesterday, with three provinces in the northern region including Lampang severely affected.
— NNT

Armed gunman opens fire at shopping mall in Lopburi, multiple victims killed and injured
At about 9:00 PM on January 9th, 2020 an armed gunman with a silenced weapon, military style dress and a full face mask robbed a gold shop at a Robinson’s Shopping Mall on Phahonyothin Road in Lopburi, Thailand. D
— The Pattaya News

Have a Barbie to Support Aussie Bushfire Relief This Weekend
Get together with some mates for a good cause to support relief efforts for Australia’s devastating bushfires at a sausage sizzle this weekend.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam passport bottom of 2020 global power list
Among those enjoying the least visa free access, Vietnam’s passport climbed two spots to 88th among 107 in the latest power ranking.
— VnExpress

Is Vietnamese fruit exported to China “disguised” as Cambodian fruit?
Everybody knows that Chinese importers are extremely careful with fruit imported from Vietnam ever since Vietnamese fruit farmers struggled with food safety issues.
— Fresh Plaza

U.S. Furniture Industry Eyes Cambodia as Vietnam’s Wages Rise
A shortage of workers in Vietnam — a huge beneficiary of the U.S. trade war with China — is getting severe enough that some furniture makers are now scouting Cambodia and Bangladesh for factories, according to one industry chief executive.
— Bloomberg

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