Asean morning news for May 19

Asean morning news for May 19

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 18 — 90,000 Americans dead; local cases continue to ease
As of 00:58 GMT May 18 there was 41,443 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of nine, or -0.02 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

The needs of people begin to overshadow the need for airlines
Domestic and international travel bans resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have grounded more than 66 per cent of the world’s passenger aircraft leaving governments scrambling to prevent airlines from going out of business.
— AEC News Today

Coronavirus: Rohingya refugees dying at sea as nations deny entry
Australia and Indonesia have agreed to tackle the latest ­Rohingya maritime crisis but have given no detail as more than 1000 asylum-seekers remain stranded at sea amid COVID-19-fuelled border lockdowns across Southeast Asia.
— The Australian

Thailand and other ASEAN countries join China in the fight against the COVID-19
Over the past four months, Thailand has faced the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, causing the Thai government under the administration of Gen.Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, to declare a country-wide lockdown according to its Emergency Decree.
— Bangkok Post

Learning in the South China Sea: The US Response to the West Capella Standoff
Malaysian oil exploration in a contested area of the South China Sea sparked a “five-nation face off” in April, with Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, U.S., and Australian maritime forces sailing within relatively close proximity.
— War on the Rocks

UN’s Guterres asks Bangladesh to move Rohingya to refugee camps
Hundreds of Rohingya rescued by Bangladesh and sent to a flood-prone island after being stranded at sea for weeks should be moved to existing refugee camps, the UN secretary-general said.
— Aljazeera

Lockdowns put ASEAN’s self-sufficiency in spotlight
Balan Nadarajan has been planting vegetables in his backyard since 2012 for his family to enjoy organic, pesticide-free produce.

Promoting Values In Southeast Asia Especially During COVID-19
The governments of some countries in Southeast Asia have been playing Russian roulette with their citizens’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Forbes

Malaysia should lead in ‘re-imagining Asean’
THE coronavirus pandemic has shown the shaky foundations underpinning Asean, whose rules and mechanisms are not adequate to match the urgent needs of the day and, in the longer term, the ambition the regional bloc should aspire to.
— New Straits Times

Collaboration and flexibility key to reviving ASEAN’s tourism industry
The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a hammer blow to tourism in Southeast Asia.
— Asean Today

ASEAN senior officials meet online
The ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) at the Deputy Foreign Ministerial level was held on May 18 in the form of a teleconference, with Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of Vietnam ASEAN SOM, participating.
— Vietnamplus

How sand mining puts Southeast Asia’s farmers at risk
“This land was mine, it eroded slowly from the riverbank and after a while, the whole chunk of land totally collapsed,” Than Zaw Oo, a farmer on the Salween River in southeastern Myanmar’s Mon State, told Reuters recently.
— Asean Today

Pure Storage pushes subscriptions in ASEAN, rolls out as-a-service platform
Pure Storage has unveiled a new as-a-service platform in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand as the vendor pushes subscription offerings across ASEAN.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Sustainable Energy Future for Asean? Cities Decide
For several weeks now people around the world have been starting and ending their day with the updates on the ongoing global pandemic. This piece is not about the coronavirus; it offers a perspective on a seemingly unrelated topic – the role of ASEAN cities in the region’s sustainable energy future.
— The Business Times

SE Asia Stocks-Most edge higher; Singapore jumps on strong export data
Singapore shares gained on Monday after the city-state reported a rise in annual exports, while most Southeast Asian stock markets tracked global equities to inch higher on renewed optimism as more countries eased lockdown restrictions and reopened their economies.
— Reuters

LGBT+ Community Hit Hard By The Pandemic
The LGBT+ community has always been made a scapegoat for natural or man-made disasters through the years.
— The Asean Post

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Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Go-ahead on draft law to curb money laundering
The draft law on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) has been approved at a Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Khmer Times

Man got virus ‘after departing’
Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandin said on Monday that Cambodia had not received any official confirmation from Vietnam that one of its citizens had contracted the novel coronavirus while staying in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Justice Minister Warns of Zero Tolerance against Corrupted Judges, Prosecutors, and Clerks during Speedier Trial Campaign
Keut Rith, the newly appointed Minister of Justice, warned of zero tolerance against corrupted judges, prosecutors and clerks during his campaign for speedier trial procedures at both the capital and provincial courts.
— Fresh News

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia Has Space to Cut Rates as Rupiah Gains: Decision Guide
Indonesia’s central bank is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year as recent gains in the currency allow policy makers to shift their focus to bolstering the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 496 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths
Indonesia reported on Monday 496 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 18,010, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

Indonesia Rules Out Easing Lockdowns Soon as New Cases Spike
Indonesian President Joko Widodo ruled out an immediate easing of social distancing rules and ordered officials to strictly enforce a ban on travel during the busy holiday season to prevent a spike in new coronavirus cases.
— Bloomberg

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Laos Eases COVID-19 Lockdown By Opening Schools, Resuming Domestic Travel
Laos reopened its schools on Monday and resumed interregional travel after nearly two months of the COVID-19 lockdown, the government said.
— Urdupoint

Official funeral held in honour of late former PM Sisavath Keobounphanh
Party Central Committee, National Assembly, government, Lao Front for National Development, the Keobounphanh family and a large number of Lao people took part in an official funeral held this afternoon at That Luang Square in honour of late former Prime Minister Gen. Sisavath Keobounphanh who passed away on May 12 at the age of 92.

New decree to protect financial service users
The government has promulgated a decree designed to protect users of financial services in Laos, so that they have greater confidence in such institutions. The Lao National Gazette, a government website which serves as an internet-based platform for the execution of legislation, this week published a prime ministerial decree on Financial Service User Protection.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia reports 47 new COVID-19 cases
Malaysian health authorities on Monday (May 18) reported 47 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 6,941.
— Channel NewsAsia

Sarawak govt increases allocation to RM4b for water supply projects, says state minister
The Sarawak government has increased its allocation of RM2.8 billion to RM4 billion for the immediate implementation and upgrading of water supply systems throughout the state, Minister of Utilities Datuk Sri Stephen Rundie said.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia needs to pay attention to increased activities by big powers in the South China Sea: King
Malaysia needs to pay attention to the increased activities by big powers in the South China Sea, said Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Monday (May 18).
— Channel NewsAsia

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


COVID-19 cases in Myanmar stand at 188 on 18 May 2020
The Ministry of Health and Sports released an update report of COVID-19 in Myanmar yesterday, with 4 new cases and national tally reaching 188.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar GDP estimate to be slightly reduced
The estimated GDP for the current fiscal year of 2019-20 will be slightly reduced, said U Maung Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar police make Asia’s biggest drug bust in decades, seizing 200 million meth tablets
Hong Kong (CNN)Myanmar police have made Asia’s biggest drug bust in decades, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contraband including “unprecedented” amounts of methylfentanyl, a chemical used to make a dangerously potent synthetic opioid.

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‘Ambo’ leaves 5 dead, 50 injured in Samar
At least five people died and 50 others were injured when typhoon “Ambo” battered the island of Samar, a report from Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) based in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, this town, said Monday.
— Tempo

House takes back bill granting ABS-CBN provisional franchise to plenary
The House of Representatives on Monday returned to the plenary the measure granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise until October 31, 2020 to accommodate additional interpellations and amendments from lawmakers.
— GMA Network

PH coronavirus cases climb to 12,718, deaths now at 831
The Department of Health announced 205 more coronavirus cases, pushing to 12,718 the total number of confirmed cases in the country as of Monday, May 18.
— Rappler

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Pharma shipments lift Singapore exports for third straight month
SINGAPORE’S exports unexpectedly jumped 9.7 per cent year on year in April, thanks to a surge in pharmaceuticals, according to data from Enterprise Singapore (ESG) on Monday.
— The Business Times

MOH preliminarily confirms 305 additional cases of COVID-19; Total tally reaches 28,343
As of Monday noon (18 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 305 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

529 dengue cases reported last week; NEA warns of higher dengue risk in homes during circuit breaker period
The number of dengue cases in Singapore is on the rise, with a total of 529 dengue cases reported in the week ending May 16, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a media release on Monday (May 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Thai economy slips into recession after worst quarter in 8 years
Thailand’s economy contracted at its sharpest pace in eight years in the first quarter, pushing Southeast Asia’s second largest economy into recession sooner than expected, as the coronavirus pandemic hit tourism and domestic activity.

Banks may see strong loan growth, more bad loans this year: BoT
Commercial banks are expected to post strong loan growth this year, as more large businesses are seeking credit due to the volatile debt market amid the coronavirus outbreak, a senior director at the Bank of Thailand (BoT) said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

The needs of people begin to overshadow the need for airlines
Domestic and international travel bans resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have grounded more than 66 per cent of the world’s passenger aircraft leaving governments scrambling to prevent airlines from going out of business.
— AEC News Today

See here for more of today’s Thailand morning news

Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam Halted Its COVID-19 Outbreak. Now Comes the Economic Fallout
As countries around the world debate how quickly they should reopen their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam is largely ahead of the curve.
— World Politics Review

Keep Fishing, Vietnam Tells Citizens After China Ban in Disputed Sea
After China attempted to put limits on the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam responded with a message to its fishermen: just keep fishing, within the law.

Vietnam and US footwear firms discuss trade amid Covid-19
An online trade exchange is slated to be held from May 28 to May 30 with the participation of 60 footwear importers from the US, according to the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Monday (May 18).
— The Star Online

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