Asean morning news for September 26

Asean morning news for September 26
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Mekong region mulls single visa for five Chiang cities
A single-visa scheme for five Chiang cities across Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos is in the works.
— TTG Asia

Update: The Harsh Punishments for Drug Use in SE Asia
Southeast Asia’s governments impose the toughest drug laws on the planet.
— Pattaya Today

Taiwan looks to Southeast Asia to plug talent gaps
Taiwan is eyeing Southeast Asia to replenish talent and expertise lost to Beijing – and to cope with the problems of an ageing population.
— HRM Asia

World Heritage sites under climate siege
The watery fields of vibrant green dotted with lotus pink provide a contrast to the paddy fields in the rural commune of My Hoa in southern Vietnam.
— The Asean Post

Asean-wide silk initiative on the table
Following a visit of ambassadors from the region to local silk farms, Asean nations are mulling over the possibility of turning a very successful sericulture programme in the Kingdom into a regional initiative with the participation of universities across Southeast Asia.
— Khmer Times

Further deepening of market integration, speed imperative to meet AEC 2025 targets
Asean economic integration is making progress but further deepening of market integration and greater momentum are imperative to meet the Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2025 targets, said AEC deputy secretary-general Dr Aladdin D. Rillo.
— The Edge Markets

U.S. oil producer Hess has no plans to sell remaining Asian assets: executive
U.S. oil producer Hess Corp has no intention to sell its assets in Asia as the region provides good, steady cash flow and a stable political environment, a senior company executive told Reuters on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Other ASEAN citizens live longer than Filipinos
How does Filipinos’ health compare with that of citizens in other ASEAN countries?
— Rappler

Paying for forest protection: A boon for forests, but not so much for their protectors
Vietnamese have a saying: “Forest is gold; sea is silver.” It may be true in the past. But now the gold and silver have lost their sheen because of overexploitation.
— Mekong Commons

Thai CP takes wholesale store to neighboring countries
Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand is actively planning international expansion, hoping to apply its successful formula honed in its home market to its rapidly growing neighbors.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Opinion: Lancang-Mekong Cooperation promotes regional development
In November 2015, the foreign ministers of China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam held a meeting to discuss the establishment of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC).
— CGTN (media release)

What we can learn from other Asian cities to save a decaying Manila
At 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2016, my 9-year old labrador retriever, Anya, suffered cardiac arrest as I was fixing breakfast. Panicking, my friend and I hurried to the nearest clinic a couple of kilometers away.
— The Nation

Indonesia hands over chairmanship of Asean committee to Thailand
Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.
— Antara News

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Cambodian PM to pay tribute to President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen will lead a high-level delegation to Vietnam on September 26 to pay tribute to President Tran Dai Quang who passed away on September 21.
Vietnam Plus

Taiwanese Footwear Giant Balks Compensation Ruling Despite Massive Profits
A Taiwanese owned company whose parent firm posted a more than half billion dollar profit last year has been refusing to pay compensation in line with an arbitration ruling to hundreds of Cambodian workers it made redundant.

CMAA reports increase in landmine incidents
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority has estimated that the number of mine casualties has increased in the first eight months of this year when compared to the same period last year.
Khmer Times

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Filipino gang demand RM4 million ransom for Indonesian fishermen
The kidnap-for-ransom group from the Philippines believed to be behind the abduction of two Indonesian fishermen two weeks ago have demanded a ransom of RM4 million (S$1.32 million) for their release.
Straits Times

Story behind teen’s incredible survival after being stranded at sea
The Indonesian teen already had one of the loneliest jobs on the planet. For $130 a month for the past three years, Aldi Novel Adilang manned a small floating fishing hut known as a rompong around-the-clock about 80 miles off Indonesia’s North Sulawesi.
New York Post

Indonesian president signs order to accelerate land reform
President Joko Widodo has signed a presidential instruction on agrarian reform, in a bid to accelerate a program to give local communities greater control over land.

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Korean group offers material support to poverty alleviation efforts
The Sharing Culture Arts Association of Korea has donated clothes, shoes, desks, chairs, two ambulances, two fire engines and other relief materials worth more than 32 billion kip (US$3,818,000) to support efforts to alleviate poverty in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Indonesian embassy promotes Indonesian investment in Laos
The Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane held an investment forum to encourage Indonesian businessmen to invest in Laos, according to a statement from the embassy received by Antara here Tuesday.
— Antara News

Laos to hold state mourning for Vietnamese President
Laos will observe state mourning from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday Hanoi time, during which governmental, military and public buildings will fly national flags at half mast, and no public entertainment events will be held, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.
— VnExpress International

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Malaysia Halts Property Developments Exclusively For Foreigners
The Malaysian government will no longer allow property developments and new townships solely aimed at foreign buyers in a bid to reduce “mindless foreign investments” which would not be of benefit for the Malaysian people.
— Investvine

Corrupt people must be punished, says Malaysia PM Mahathir
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday (Sep 24) that corrupt people must be punished, but did not think that it had reached a stage in Malaysia where the corrupt should be sentenced to life in prison.
— Channel NewsAsia

Time For The Wall Street Journal To Speak The Truth About Their Source?
Quite rightly, the Wall Street Journal, like other news outlets would not wish to divulge a source. Possibly, this is why if you were to search The Sarawak Report in their coverage you would find this blog is not mentioned once.
— Sarawak Report

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Myanma Economic Bank will lend K250B to SMEs
State-owned Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) is planning to lend K250 billion to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2018-19 fiscal year.
— Myanmar Times

National crime prevention strategy (draft) approved
A draft of the national level strategy for crime prevention has been approved and will be submitted to the State level, said Brigadier General Aung Htay Myint from Myanmar Police Force.
— Eleven

UN: ‘Wanted for mass murder’ posters target Myanmar’s top general
“Wanted” pictures of Min Aung Hlaing, the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar military who oversaw atrocities against the country’s Rohingya population, were posted around New York overnight, as part of Amnesty International’s campaign for accountability in Myanmar.
— Amnesty International

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 Trillanes returns to Senate after posting bail
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday returned to the Senate after posting a PHP200,000 bail in connection with the arrest warrant earlier issued by a Makati court over his participation in the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.
— Philippine News Agency

PCIC allots P1.65-B aid for typhoon-hit farmers
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will release about P1.65 billion worth of insurance to farmers whose crops, particularly rice and corn, were badly hit by typhoon “Ompong,” its top official said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Q4 borrowings down to P270B
The national government’s domestic borrowing program is set at P270 billion for the fourth quarter of this year, P30 billion lower than the third quarter program.
— Malaya

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Singapore’s Changi Airport Tests Terminal Run by Robots, Not Humans
Imagine landing at a major airport and the only human official you meet on your way through the terminal is a customs officer.
Bloomberg via Insurance Journal

Chinese and Singapore courts agree on mutual enforcement
Chief justices in China and Singapore have agreed guidance on the recognition and enforcement of money judgments issued by the courts of Singapore and the People’s Republic of China in commercial disputes.

Investors eschew property developers post cooling measures
Stock pickers are shunning home builders in favour of Singapore real estate investment trusts (S-REITs) following the imposition of new real estate curbs in July, reported Bloomberg.
Property Guru

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August tourist arrivals up 3%
Thailand’s tourism market remains strong, with more than 3.2 million foreigners travelling here in August, rising 3% year-on-year.
— Bangkok Post

Thai police recover body of murdered Scot Alan Hogg & Thai wife Nott Suddaen (video)
The bodies a British man and his wife missing in northern Thailand for the past five days were recovered today after police used earthmoving equipment to excavate part of their garden.
— AEC News Today

Government touts aircraft maintenance center in Chonburi to French investors
The government has confirmed plans to establish an aircraft maintenance center in the country to French investors who have shown an interest in the country’s aviation sector.

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Petrolimex asked to accelerate divestment
The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) was requested to strictly follow the Prime Minister’s instructions on its divestment and address the infringement of the Potrolimex brand.
— Nhan Dan Online

PM Phuc endorses immediate need for $1.4 bln Da Nang deep-sea port
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told Da Nang leaders the construction of Lien Chieu Port is an urgent requirement at a meeting Monday.
— VnExpress

A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges say insulted the ruling Communist Party and government.
— Khaosod English

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