Asean morning news for April 1

Asean morning news for April 1
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Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels
British pop legend Elton John has joined actor George Clooney in calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.
— Bangkok Post

Southeast Asia warned of Iran’s ‘tactics’ to evade oil sanctions
The United States is keen to see that Malaysia, Singapore and others are fully aware of illicit Iranian oil shipments and the tactics Iran uses to evade sanctions, a top US sanctions official said on Friday.

Asean finance ministers shrug off pollution to focus on regional agenda
Thailand will not cancel the 23rd Asean Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai this week despite that province and others in the North being in the grip of severe air pollution for several consecutive days, an official at the Finance Ministry said.
— The Nation

Measles cases spike in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as anti-vaxxers take to social media
Vaccination rates for measles have dipped across Southeast Asia, falling below the 95 per cent mark which experts say is needed to fully protect a community from the infectious disease.
— South China Morning Post

Asean, EU empower youth leaders in conserving biodiversity
‘We have to empower the young ones and inculcate love for biodiversity among them. They will be the stewards of the environment in the future,” said Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) executive director.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN fast becoming a renewable energy hub
Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years.
— The Asean Post

Train assembly hub of Asean now a coveted title
The Transport Ministry has set out an ambitious plan to turn Thailand into the train assembly hub of Asean.
— Bangkok Post

Digital ranking / This is how Southeast Asia performed in 2018
A digital wave is sweeping across Southeast Asia. As traditional forms of communication, shopping and payment are pushed aside in favour of new technologies, the region’s young people are finding more and more opportunities for prosperity.
— Southeast Asia Globe

ACB: Forests and people intertwined for development
‘Forests and people are intertwined. Humans rely on forests for their basic needs: clean air, food, water and raw materials for medicine, shelter and clothing.”
— Business Mirror

Islamophobia in Southeast Asia
The term Islamophobia has its roots in the Greek word Phobos which refers to the God of fear and is used to denote terror.
— The Asean Post

Solar power getting more cost-competitive in Asean
RENEWABLE energy sources can be just as – or even more – cost-competitive than conventionally generated power in South-east Asia, a study by the Asean-German Energy Programme has found.
— The Business Times (paywall)

Why the unhappy legacy of US colonialism in Southeast Asia should be a lesson to China
As China’s power and influence grow, so does the glare of the spotlight on its behaviour towards other nations and cultures.
— South China Morning Post

Southeast Asia nations to start talks with China on sea code
Leaders of Southeast Asian countries and China agreed Monday to begin negotiations on a “code of conduct” aimed at controlling aggressive actions in the disputed South China Sea, a step they described as a milestone, but some experts said was unlikely to ensure compliance.
— Lakeland Observer

Survey of European businesses in S-E Asia to gauge sentiment
A survey of European firms in South-east Asia will be launched today by the EU-Asean Business Council, it said in a statement.
— The Straits Times

Women in Asia changing the future
When the Women of the Future (WOF) Awards—a UK-born movement that honours influential women leaders under the age of 35—expanded to Southeast Asia last year, it was about recognising and encouraging inspirational women in the region.
— Eco-Business

Growth Opportunities Of Breast Cancer Therapeutics in Southeast Asia Market 2019 to 2022
Breast cancer is a malignant neoplasm that begins in the breast tissue.
— Market Mirror

Singapore, Brunei, Laos withdraw from 2019 AFF U22 championship
Singapore, Brunei and Laos have pulled out of the 2019 AFF U-22 championship, the organization has revealed.

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PM Hun Sen Orders Commerce Minister to Consider Complaints to WTO on EU’s Tax on Rice
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered commerce minister Pan Sorasak to consider on filing complaint to World Trade Organization regarding EU’s tax imposition on Cambodian rice, speaking at the 18th Royal Government-Private Sector Forum held Friday at the Peace Palace.
— Fresh News

Tourism dollars lost on imports
Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism will exert pressure on the country’s hospitality industry to use more local products to spread the benefits of tourism to communities.
— TTR Weekly

Cambodia’s environment, Singapore’s problem
The National Environment Authority has said the urine and burning smells detected island-wide are in fact the result of fires at landfills and farm sites in Johor.
— Malay Mail

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Indonesia’s digital economy sees rapid growth
Indonesia is one of the region’s best success stories. Despite having faced economic turmoil during the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 under the authoritarian Suharto regime, Indonesia is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia May Be Next Asian Country to Spurn China in Election
Across vast tea plantations that sit atop the rolling hills separating two of Indonesia’s largest cities, excavators dig out a series of giant tunnels for the country’s first high-speed rail line.
— Bloomberg

Ministry’s Rp 9.17t budget gets blocked
The Finance Ministry has blocked Rp 9.17 trillion (US$645.34 million) in funds allocated for the Public Works and Housing Ministry or about 8.2 percent of the total allocation in the state budget for the ministry, which was set at Rp 110.7 trillion.
— The Jakarta Post

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Nation’s measles, rubella vaccine doses near 2 million mark
Lao authorities estimate that about 2 million doses of a vaccine against measles and rubella will be administered to people in target areas of the country this year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Japan grants 2.2 billion kip for 3 agriculture projects
The Japanese government has provided aid worth more than 2.2 billion (US$261.753) for three agriculture-related projects in Savannakhet province through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

UN expert: Outlook grim for victims of Laos dam collapse
A U.N. expert on human rights said Friday that hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos last year are facing bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods.
— The Washington Post

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Govt investigates dumping in steel, cement industries
The government will impose anti-dumping duties at the rate that is necessary to prevent further injury to the domestic steel and cement industries if investigation findings are found to be affirmative.
— The Sun Daily

Food Bank Malaysia has benefited 45,850 households
Food Bank Malaysia, an initiative by the government to alleviate the cost of living, has benefited 45,850 households as of February.
— Malaysiakini

Malaysia, China about to finalise railway project talks
The fate of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is close to being finalised with just some minor details to be sorted out in negotiations between Malaysia and China.
— VietnamPlus

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How new banking regulations will affect foreign equity in Myanmar
As part of ongoing efforts to liberalise the financial services industry and increase credit to the private sector, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has introduced regulations to facilitate foreign investment in domestic lenders.
— The Borneo Post

Myitsone Dam protests will impact Myanmar economic development: expert
A campaign aimed at putting an end to the Myitsone Dam project is reportedly to be held in Myanmar’s Yangon on Monday, which Chinese experts said will exert a negative influence on the Southeast Asian country’s economic development.
— Global Times 

After 3 years, Suu Kyi running out of time to energize Myanmar economy
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is racing against the calendar. Her National League for Democracy marks the third anniversary of its rise to power on Saturday, but this is only a reminder that she has less than two years to rev up the economy before the next general election.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Government borrowing rises 4.15% in February
GOVERNMENT borrowing grew slightly in February driven by the issue of bonds and bills, the Bureau of the Treasury said.
— BusinessWorld Online

14 farmers killed in Philippine police ‘massacre’: activists
Rights groups on Sunday condemned what they called a “massacre” of 14 farmers by police in the central Philippines as authorities defended the incident as a legitimate operation against suspected communist rebels.
— The Nation

Maria Ressa’s arrest a ‘warning’ to journalists, says Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said the second arrest of Rappler chief executive Maria Ressa last Friday looked like a “warning” for journalists who criticize the administration.

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Beyond the core: Singapore’s office decentralisation
WHEN property developer Ho Bee Land bought a commercial site at North Buona Vista Drive for S$410.99 million in 2010, observers said then that the resulting office product would be untested for the area.
— The Business Times

EU-Singapore trade deal awakens sovereign restructuring fears
Trade and investment treaties are usually ushered in with smiles, handshakes, backslaps and photo opportunities for all concerned.
— Risk Net

Singapore, Malaysia need further discussions to solve water issue: Saifuddin
Negotiations on the sale of water to Singapore through the 1962 Water Agreement will require continuous efforts from both parties to find a mutually beneficial solution.
— The Sun Daily

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Flights diverted as Chiang Mai haze reaches critical level
Chiang Mai has been enshrouded in a cloud of ultrafine PM2.5 dust at levels far exceeding safety standards, plunging the tourist province into a crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Forest fire causes smog in Phayao
Phayao province is blanketed with smog caused by forest fires, as villagers have to wear masks to protect themselves from air pollution.

Provinces battling water scarcity
Various provinces are coming up with ways to mitigate drought as water trucks are being deployed to non-irrigated communities.
— NBT World (video)

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Over 910 million VND saved during Earth Hour in Vietnam
About 492,000kWh of electricity, equivalent to 917 million VND (over 39,500 USD), was saved in Vietnam during the Earth Hour, when lights were turned off for one hour from 8:30pm on March 30.

Steel exports edge up 5.8 percent in Q1
Vietnam’s total steel export value in the first quarter this year rose 5.8 percent year-on-year to 744 million USD, the General Department of Vietnam Customs said on March 27.
— VietnamPlus

Viet Nam to build policies for ageing population
As the world sets out an inspirational new development agenda and commits to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, Vietnam should envision a new model that addresses demographic ageing with economic and social growth and protects the elderly population’s rights.
— Eleven Myanmar

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