Asean morning news for May 20

Asean morning news for May 20

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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

Asia faces financial health check after going big on stimulus
Governments across Asia are unleashing massive stimulus packages to support economies heading into recession as the novel coronavirus batters consumption and investment, threatening progress in shoring up fiscal and monetary policy management following previous crises.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

As Jakarta trims defence, Beijing makes waves in the South China Sea
The Covid-19 outbreak has hit hard for Southeast Asian economies.
— The Interpreter

Migrant workers left destitute by economic nosedive
Four months pregnant, unemployed and relying on money borrowed from friends, War War Hywe, a 29-year-old migrant worker from Myanmar’s city of Mandalay, wishes she could go home.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesians least likely to use hand sanitizer among ASEAN peers: YouGov survey
Indonesians are less likely to use hand sanitizer compared to citizens of other Southeast Asian countries, according to a recent survey by global public opinion and data company YouGov and Imperial College London.
— The Jakarta Post

Southeast Asian economies slow amid pandemic
Economic growth in Southeast Asian nations slowed in the January-to-March period, as the coronavirus pandemic affected tourism and manufacturing sectors.
— NHK World

Stronger ASEAN ties needed to tap powerful economic bloc’s growth
Amid seesawing feelings about Australia’s strong agricultural trade ties with China, the case for building stronger links with our nearby ASEAN neighbours is taking on increasing value.
— North Queensland Register

ASEAN-US: Partners in beating COVID-19, building resilient, prosperous region
Together, the United States and ASEAN are facing down the SARS-CoV-2 virus – one of the greatest threats of the last century to the health of our collective 1 billion people.
— The Jakarta Post

The Coronavirus Is Reshaping Work Life
Work-from-home (WFH) has been one of the major topics discussed since the early days of the pandemic.
— The Asean Post

SE Asia Stocks-End firmer on virus vaccine hopes; Thailand hits 2-1/2 month high
Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Tuesday, with Thailand hitting its highest level in more than two months, as investors cheered positive data from an early-stage study testing a coronavirus vaccine.
— Reuters

ASEAN, China’s friendship organisations hold video meeting on COVID-19
Leaders of friendship organisations of ASEAN member nations and China held a special video meeting on May 19 to discuss response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to boost people-to-people exchanges in the new situation.
— Vietnamplus

Sing For ASEAN: Theatre Performers Across Southeast Asia Come Together For A Zoom Rendition of ‘Seasons of Love’
In a show of solidarity during this challenging time, stage actors, singers, and musicians from the ASEAN region have come together to perform one of world’s most recognisable musical anthems.
— Philippine Tatler

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia Eyes FTAs to Reduce Dependence on Preferential Trading Status
Cambodia has been seeking to establish free trade agreements (FTAs) with eight countries and regions in a bid to reduce its dependence on preferential treatment in export markets.
— Cambodianess

Migrant workers ‘not crossing’ into Thailand
Oddar Meanchey provincial governor Pen Kosal said while more than 15,000 migrant workers had returned from Thailand amid the Covid-19 pandemic, no one had illegally returned through the province’s three border checkpoints.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NGOs Call for End to Harassment of Journalists in Cambodia
Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities came together on Monday (May 18) to call on the government to drop all charges against two imprisoned journalists who were recently arrested by Cambodian authorities.
— Cambodianess

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia Eyes Biggest Deficit in Three Decades as the Country Sets to Cut Corporate Income Tax
The Finance Ministry has projected the government to post its biggest deficit in at least three decades this year as a combined result of shrinking state revenues, including from the corporate income tax cut, and the government’s continuing efforts in providing stimulus to businesses coping with a prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia reports 486 new coronavirus infections, 30 deaths
Indonesia reported on Tuesday 486 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 18,496, the country’s COVID-19 task force reported on its official website.
— Reuters

Endangered Sumatran tiger found dead, ensnared in Riau
A critically endangered Sumatran tiger was found dead in a conservation area in the Siak administrative region of Riau on Monday with one of its legs caught in a wire trap.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Lao Students Returning to Schools as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease
The Lao government has announced all students nationwide can go back to schools on June 2, while final-year classes in primary, lower and upper secondary schools began on Monday.
— Fresh News

Lao economy needs cash injection
The government needs to speed up the provision of the loans it has approved as this is one of the best ways to help Lao businesses survive amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a senior business representative.
— Vientiane Times

2,648 people quarantined over COVID-19 concerns in Laos
The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said on Tuesday that it has been monitoring 2,648 people across the country.
— Xinhua

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Covid-19: About 60% of Malaysia’s 37 new cases today found among migrant workers
Malaysia recorded 37 new Covid-19 infections today — 35 local transmissions and two imported — bringing the country’s cumulative cases to 6,978, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
— The Edge Markets

Sarawak express, regional bus service gets nod to resume operations June 2
Express and regional bus services in Sarawak will only be allowed to resume operations from June 2 with the operators required to make the necessary preparations from now to ensure compliance with the standard operating.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak’s Sad Story Of Betrayal Re-Played
Over the past half century as Sarawak’s rich corner of the earth has been raped of oil, timber and so much besides there has been a pattern.
–Sarawak Report

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases reach 191
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has risen to 191, with three more confirmed cases reported on Tuesday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Xinhua

New bill aims to update Myanmar’s communicable diseases law
The health ministry on May 18 submitted to parliament a new bill aimed at controlling communicable diseases.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Government Rejects Motion to Shutter Polluting Chinese-Owned Coal Plant
Myanmar’s government on Tuesday rejected a Shan state member of parliament’s proposal to shutter a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant residents of his region say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and livelihoods.
— Radio Free Asia

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Duque: New COVID-19 wave possible if Metro Manila shifts to general quarantine too soon
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday said a new wave of coronavirus infections might occur if Metro Manila shifts to a general community quarantine too soon without mass testing.
— ABS-CBN News

Health dep’t seeks P68B more to fight coronavirus pandemic
HEALTH authorities are seeking P67.62 billion in additional budget in the battle against a novel coronavirus pandemic, as infections neared 13,000.
— BusinessWorld

‘Provisional’ ABS-CBN franchise proposal dropped; House to tackle bills on 25-year grant
The House will tackle proposals for a 25-year legislative franchise–instead of the five-month provisional one that it approved then withdrew–for ABS-CBN, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) said.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Singapore’s Covid-19 circuit breaker ends on June 1; economy to reopen in three phases
In the first phase, called safe reopening, more people will be allowed to return to their workplaces, with priority given to critical sectors and businesses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 451 new COVID-19 cases, taking country’s total to 28,794
Singapore reported 451 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (May 19), taking the national total to 28,794.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore’s testing rate of 49,000 tests per million people among highest in the world
Over 281,000 tests for Covid-19 on 191,000 unique individuals have been carried out here so far.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Thai anger unabated, banned politician says, 10 years after army crackdown
Thailand marked the 10th anniversary of a bloody army crackdown on protesters on Tuesday, with a banned opposition politician saying anger was unabated, especially after last year’s disputed election that kept a coup leader in power.

Final Bailout Plan to Strip Thai Airways of State Enterprise
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday said he approved a final bailout plan for the debt-ridden flag carrier to a bankruptcy court – a process that could see the government relinquishing its majority in Thai Airway shares.
— Khaosod English

Thais Score Highest in Survey for Mask-Wearing
A survey found that Thais are most likely to wear facemasks in public and use hand sanitizer among six ASEAN members.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam targets e-commerce turnover reaching $35 billion by 2025
Vietnam is aiming for double-digit annual growth in the turnover of e-commerce over the next five years, forecasting that sales in the sector could be worth $35 billion by 2025 in the Southeast Asian country.

Vietnam ranks low in clean energy adoption
In the bottom half of a global, clean energy transition ranking, Vietnam languishes far behind many of its neighbors.
— VnExpress

Vietnam has potential for 160 GW of offshore wind energy
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Vietnamese Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority are working together on input for a roadmap for offshore wind power development in the south-east Asian country that has estimated potential for 160 GW.
— EVWind

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