Asean morning news for May 12

Asean morning news for May 12

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 11 — global infections & deaths increase at slowest rate since late February
As of 00:25 GMT May 11 there was 40,952 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 785, or 1.95 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

SE Asia seeks to cash in on Covid-19 malaise
It didn’t take long for Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) – the government’s office for promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) – to spot an opportunity in the fast-evolving Covid-19 crisis which is likely to induce a 5-7% contraction of the Thai economy this year.
— Asia Times

South-east Asia rides fourth wave of regional growth
The US-China trade war is over, runs an often-made joke in Singapore.
— Financial Times

Malaysia urged to end violent threats against Rohingya refugees
Dozens of human rights groups have called on Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to address hate speech and violent threats against Rohingya refugees in the country amid a slew of online posts threatening murder and sexual violence.
— Aljazeera

ASEAN calls for human rights protection amid COVID-19 fight
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has now sadly resulted in infections and caused deaths across the globe, including in the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— The Korea Times

Vietnam resumes rice exports to Phl, ASEAN countries
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has resumed rice exports to the Philippines and other members of ASEAN to maintain adequate food supply in the region and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

10th Asean Para Games officially canceled
The Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) called off for good the 10th Asean Para Games (APG) as host country Philippines is still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Digital gender divide’ is getting wider
Asean member states have a unique opportunity to address the digital gender divide through emerging Covid-19 recovery plans.
— Bangkok Post

New Era of Regional Cooperation
Instead of being hit by the pandemic, Asian Countries are more united than ever before
— Bangkok Post

How to build agile, resilient supply chains against global disruptions
Despite its severity, the COVID-19 pandemic is but one of many shocks that lead to multiple demand and supply stressors affecting supply chains worldwide.
— The Business Times

US, Japanese manufacturers shifting production from China to ASEAN
ASEAN nations, including Vietnam, are emerging as a destination of choice for many US and Japanese manufacturers who are looking to shift their production bases away from China following the US-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnamplus

COVID-19 will not slow Southeast Asia’s shift from coal to renewables
From oil price shocks to billion-dollar bailouts, the mayhem wrought on the energy sector by coronavirus has led many to wonder just which companies will survive and which technologies will thrive when we emerge from the crisis.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Group asks Taiwan to accept tobacco harm reduction as a human right
An Asia-Pacific consumer advocacy group has supported the petition asking the Taiwanese government to recognize tobacco harm reduction as a human right in line with the goal for Smoke-Free Taiwan 2040.

Closing borders will not stop human trafficking in ASEAN
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the combined efforts of ASEAN member states to combat trafficking in persons must continue.
— DevPoilcy (blog)

SE Asia Stocks-Rise as China signals more policy measures to support economy
Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Monday, with Thai stocks leading the gains, as sentiment improved after China’s central bank signalled more policy measures to support a coronavirus-hit economy.
— Reuters

SE Asia, Pacific region receive medical supplies
Singapore has received 620,000 face masks donated by the Chinese government and the Red Cross Society of China to help the city-state in the fight against COVID-19.

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Traffic law enforcement and fines to go on
The National Police rebutted news posted on social media saying it is postponing the fining of motorcyclists and drivers without licences.
— Khmer Times

Health Minister: Over 92k Cambodian Workers in Thailand Repatriate
Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said approximately 92,000 workers have repatriated from Thailand as of Monday, speaking at the Ministry of Health’s press conference held on 11 May 2020.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s Two Remaining COVID-19 Patients Are Transferred to Phnom Penh
The last two COVID-19 patients still under care in Cambodia have been transferred from the provincial hospitals where they were being treated to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, the Ministry of Health said.
— Cambodianess

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Most Businesses in Indonesia Can Only Survive Until June Under Coronavirus Restrictions
Most businesses in Indonesia only have enough cash to continue operating until the end of next month with little to no sales under large-scale social restrictions or PSBB, a top business lobby said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia reports 233 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths
The Indonesian government on Monday announced 233 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 14,265.
— Xinhua

Indonesia eyes US$1 billion rescue for virus-hit carrier Garuda
Indonesia is drawing up a US$1.0 billion rescue plan for struggling national airline Garuda after the coronavirus forced the company to ground most of its planes, Bloomberg News reported Monday (May 11).

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Authorities call for donations to assist people in Vientiane quarantine centre
The national anti-COVID-19 committee is calling on more donors to provide food and essential supplies to help people quarantining at the Km27 Military Training Centre in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times

Govt permits businesses to reopen
The government has given the green light for development projects to resume in order to reduce the impact on the economy, but project and business managers must comply with measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Migrant Workers Clear Quarantine, Return Home, After Crossing Back From Thailand
More than 6,000 Lao migrant workers held in camps in quarantine after returning from Thailand have now gone home, with smaller numbers still crossing the border each day and unknown numbers still stranded in Thailand, Lao sources said this week.

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia reports 70 new coronavirus cases with one new death
Malaysian health officials reported 70 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the cumulative total to 6,726.
— Reuters

Manufacturers urge government to bear Covid-19 screening cost
While welcoming the government’s decision to extend the conditional movement control order (CMCO) to June 9, 2020, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has urged the government to bear Covid-19 screening cost.
— Malay Mail

Weak oil price amid Covid-19 pandemic an invitation for Malaysia to reinvent its economy, say experts
The combination of a global pandemic and depressed oil prices could be the opportunity for Malaysia to reinvent and diversify its economy, said experts.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar to launch its first satellite in 2021 with Japan’s help
Myanmar plans to launch its first satellite in 2021, using Japanese technology. Engineers and researchers in the country will develop an ultrasmall satellite and launch it into Earth orbit with the help of Japan’s Hokkaido University and Tohoku University.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Myanmar authorities to charge, fine those caught not wearing masks while outside
Those who leave the house without wearing a mask will be charged under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Disease Law and fined K5000 said NLD Central Information Committee Member U Kyaw Aye Naing on May 11.
— Myanmar Times

All Signs Point to a Worsening of Myanmar’s Rakhine Conflict
With the military’s new ceasefire excluding Rakhine State, and a tough young general promoted to Tatmadaw HQ, the war with the Arakan Army can only get worse.
— Irrawaddy

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Airlines seek P 8.6B in monthly subsidy
The country’s three largest airline groups are asking lawmakers for financial aid of about P8.6 billion per month, including wage subsidies, as they prepare to restart operations amid uncertain demand.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Senators seek ABS-CBN provisional franchise till June 2022
Thirteen senators on Monday filed a bill seeking to grant ABS-CBN Corporation a provisional franchise until the end of June 2022.Senate Bill No. 1521 aims to amend Section 1 of Republic Act No. 7966, which granted ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise that expired last May 4.
— Philippine News Agency

PH coronavirus cases breach 11,000, deaths now at 726
The Department of Health (DOH) announced 292 more Filipinos were positive for the coronavirus , raising to 11,086 the total number of confirmed cases in the country as of Monday, May 11.
— Rappler

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Singapore Racecourse areas to serve as Covid-19 recovery facilities
THE Singapore Turf Club (STC) and the Tote Board are working with government agencies to temporarily convert selected areas of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji into community recovery facilities for foreign workers recovering from the Covid-19 virus.
— The Business Times

MOF says 32 companies return S$35 million of Jobs Support Scheme payouts; netizens urged Govt to check if the grant being used to pay employees
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Sunday (10 May) that 32 companies have returned the Government’s Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts and pledged to decline future JSS payouts.
— The Online Citizen

Direct School Admission applications to open May 12, selection process tweaked due to COVID-19
Students applying to secondary schools and junior colleges through the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise for entry in 2021 will be able to do so from Tuesday (May 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


ThaiHealth promotes New Normal as way to prevent new COVID-19 outbreak
Despite new COVID-19 cases being reported in only a single digit each day, the Department of Disease Control is still encouraging the general public to protect themselves by wearing a face mask and washing their hands frequently, while the Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched New Normal guidelines for a coronavirus-free city.

5,000 Baht Relief Program Now Covers 14 Million Ppl
Up to 14 million people in the informal job sector are now eligible for the government’s 5,000-baht cash handout during the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Operating hours for airports across Thailand – CAAT
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, along with the Ministry of Transport, has published the operational hours for Thailands’ recently re-opened airports.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam vows 5% growth in post-outbreak foreign investment pitch
Vietnam is pressing for foreign investment to defend its status as Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy, just as the country becomes the first in the region to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam Govt to Launch Crypto Research Group to Evaluate Policy
Vietnam’s finance ministry has established a research group to develop and scrutinize digital-currency-related policy proposals.
— Coin Telegraph

Vietnam goes 25 days without Covid-19 community infection
The Health Ministry confirmed no new Covid-19 case Monday morning, marking day 25 without any infection caused by community transmission.
— VnExpress

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