Asean Morning News For July 6

Asean Morning News For July 6
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Facebook signs £200M deal for Premier League soccer rights in Southeast Asia
Facebook is continuing its push to add more live sports to its platform by locking in a multiyear deal for Premier League soccer rights in Southeast Asia.
— FierceCable

Can Southeast Asia weather a trade war?
In the face of growing economic protectionism, undergirded by a trade tiff between the United States (US) and China, Southeast Asian economies are bracing for the impact from a possible economic fallout. Over the past few months, US President Donald Trump has not minced his words when commenting on the trade deficit between the US and its key trading partners.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asia becomes a target for China technology companies but is a tough nut to crack
Southeast Asia is becoming one of the focal points for global investors and Chinese technology conglomerates looking to expand outside their home market.
— South China Morning Post

Infor promotes from within to drive ASEAN cloud growth
Cloud specialists Infor has appointed Wesley Kowalski as head of ASEAN, promoting the leader from within to drive sales across the wider region.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Asean May See Divisions Amid Heightened U.S.-China Competition: Analysts
In the two decades since Asean was formed, it has failed to uphold its original mandate of maintaining cohesion among its members, experts have said.

These are the 6 richest people across Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world. If the economies of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were one country, it would be the seventh largest in the world.
— Asian Correspondent

SEA’s Tech Scene Is About To Explode. Here’s Why MDEC Thinks M’sia Can Lead The Charge
Kicking off the Wild Digital SEA 2018 conference yesterday, hosts and organisers Catcha Group presented a keynote highlighting the optimistic outlook for the tech ecosystem in the SEA region.
— Vulcan Post (media release)

How Southeast Asia became a blockchain technology hub
A unique regional mix of social and economic factors have combined to make Southeast Asia a rapidly developing blockchain technology hub.
— Asia Times

Asean armies urged to boost collective response to threats
Asean armies must continue to find new ways to enhance their collective response to terror and chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats, said Singapore’s Chief of Army Goh Si Hou at an inaugural Asean workshop on information sharing.
— The Straits Times

The prehistoric peopling of Southeast Asia
The past movements and peopling of Southeast Asia have been poorly represented in ancient DNA studies (see the Perspective by Bellwood).
— Science

Sea Change in Southeast Asia
It will be months before a verdict is reached in the corruption case brought against ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of siphoning money from a former unit of the state-owned 1MDB development fund.
— Bloomberg

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EU Launches Fact Finding Mission to Assess Cambodia’s Rights Compliance
The European Union on Thursday launched a week-long fact-finding mission to assess Cambodia’s compliance with its human rights obligations as dictated by a tariff-free export scheme the country benefits from when sending goods to EU countries.
— Radio Free Asia

No HRW report probe: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government would not investigate allegations made by US-based Human Rights Watch that 12 top military and police leaders had committed human rights abuses.
— Khmer Times

Land prices in central Phnom Penh stay level amid rise in the suburbs
Land prices in the central neighbourhoods of the capital remained unchanged in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, a research report from Phnom Penh’s Key Real Estate Co Ltd said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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WB to grant $400 million to deal with stunting
The World Bank (WB) has agreed to grant US$400 million to deal with stunting in Indonesia, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said.
— Antara News

Local Media Indonesia: 3 Bomb Explosions in Pasuruan, East Java
Local media in Indonesia report that around noon (local time) on Thursday (05/07) three bomb explosions were heard stemming from a rented house in Pasuruan (East Java).
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Indonesia on track to commission amphibious tank carrier by end-2018
A 117 m landing ship tank (LST) on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is making good progress in its trials and final fitting out processes, and the service is expected to commission the vessel by November 2018.
— Jane’s 360

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Self-sustaining, pushing nation’s performance, PM calls business
The private sector is a key bulwark for the government’s efforts and achievements in performing its task as a facilitator for business and socio-economic development, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told members of the business community at the 11th Lao Business Forum yesterday.
— Vientiane Times

Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream?
The country is a small but determined player in this space.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

Illegal vehicle import crackdown ordered as tax avoidance raises ire
The Ministry of Finance has warned that it will impose stronger legal actions against any owners of imported vehicles evading taxes and tariff payments to the government.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia investigates China-backed project’s link with 1MDB
Malaysia is investigating whether part of a loan from a Chinese state-owned bank for projects worth US$2.3 billion (S$3.1 billion) was used to help repay dues of the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Finance Ministry official told Reuters.
— The New Paper

Interview: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad On New Malaysia And The Rule Of Law
Investvine sat down with new Malaysian Prime Minister and eldest elected head of government Tun Dr Mahthir to discuss what is new Malaysia, autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak, investment, infrastructure and other hot topics.
— Investvine (video)

MACC denies freezing Najib’s grandson’s bank account
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki has denied freezing the bank account of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s grandson.
— New Straits Times

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Chinese embassy donates 10 cars to Joint Monitoring Committee
At a ceremony held yesterday, the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar donated 10 cars to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) to support joint-monitoring efforts for a nationwide ceasefire.
— The Global Newlight of Myanmar

Major International Contractors Express Interest in Elevated Expressway Project
More than 5o local and international conglomerates, mostly from Asia, have submitted Expressions of Interest (EoI) applications for the Yangon Elevated Expressway project to the Myanmar government.
— The Irrawaddy

Rohingya rape survivors ‘ashamed and scared’ as babies born
More than 10 months have passed since Myanmar’s security forces launched a sweeping campaign of rape and other brutalities against the Rohingya, and the babies conceived during those assaults have been born.
— The Globe and Mail (video)

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Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say
The assassination of two provincial mayors in two days has raised fresh fears that law and order in the Philippines—already in a fragile state as the result of a bloody war on drugs—is deteriorating further.
— Time

BOI: Investments up 18.9% in Jan-May
INVESTMENTS approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) increased by 18.9 percent in the first five months of 2018 to P207.48 billion from P174.47 billion in the same period last year.
— The Manila Times

‘Wake up Manila’ fair offers 1,000 jobs on July 6 and 7
AROUND 1,000 job orders are up for grabs in an employment conclave called “Wake Up Manila,” on July 6 and 7, at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
— Business Mirror

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Watchdog rules Grab’s buyout of Uber’s regional business unlawful
After more than three months of deliberation, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has determined that ride-hailing firm Grab’s acquisition of American rival Uber’s South-east Asian business is an infringement of competition laws and proposes to slap fines on both players.
— The New Paper

Property hunters rush to make buys as stamp duty hike looms
Some time during dinner hours on Thursday (July 5), the mobile phones of property agents across the island lit up with text messages and calls

Higher stamp duties and tighter loan limits for home purchases
Concerns about the swift rise in private home prices have prompted the authorities to further tighten cooling measures in a surprise move last night that will lead to property buyers paying higher stamp duties.
— The New Paper

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Thailand cave rescue: Former Thai Navy SEAL dead from lack of oxygen, authorities say
Thai authorities say a former Navy SEAL working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen. According to BBC News, Saman Kunan, 38, lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex after delivering supplies to the missing group, officials said.
— CBS News

One dead, dozens of Chinese tourists missing as Thai boat capsizes
One man died and dozens of Chinese tourists remain missing after a boat capsized as high winds whipped up rough seas off the Thai island of Phuket, officials said late Thursday, confirming the rescue had been suspended for the night.
— The Nation

Search mounted for 49 people missing in sea off Phuket
Forty-nine people are still missing while 89 others were plucked from the rough sea off Phuket this afternoon after one dive boat and a yacht capsized.
— Thai PBS

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Arrests in Vietnam over ‘terrorist’ bomb at police post
Seven people have been arrested in Vietnam, including three on terrorism charges, for bombing a police station in Ho Chi Minh City last month in a rare attack that injured three people.
— Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam fuel tax set to rise to highest level
Proposed tax increase will boost annual collections by $2.4 billion, it is estimated.
— VnExpress

No requests to purchase foreign currency at low price: SBV
The market supply of foreign currency is sufficient and self-adjusted to demand, according to the Vietnamese central bank.
— The Hanoi times

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