Asean morning news for May 6

Asean morning news for May 6
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Beijing’s blurred lines between military and non-military shipping in South China Sea could raise risk of flashpoint
China’s steady build-up of non-military shipping in the South China Sea could increase the risk of conflict and undermine stability in the region, observers have warned.
— South China Morning Post

Malaysia calls on Southeast Asia to back palm oil against ‘unfair’ claims
The Malaysian government has called on its neighbors to help defend the palm oil industry against what it deems a discriminative campaign by the European Union to stop recognizing the commodity as a biofuel ingredient.
— Mongabay

Challenges facing developing nations in East Asia
Developing economies in East Asia, which include most Asean nations, face an urgent battle against slowing global growth – especially in the trade of goods.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN countries move forward on internationalisation
Higher education internationalisation as a regional policy was initially mainly European, courtesy of programmes such as Erasmus and the framework programmes for research.
— University World News

Vietnam rejects China’s fishing ban in South China Sea
China’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday announced the beginning of its new, unilaterally issued fishing ban in the South China Sea, which it said would apply to both Chinese as well as foreign fishermen and violators would be detained and fined by Chinese law enforcers.
— Spratly Islands

Southeast Asia, the Frontline for a Free Press
May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, and this year’s is the first since the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. His murder was a tragic blow against the sanctity of a free press, but it was also a powerful rallying cry.
— The Diplomat

Analysis: Southeast Asia set to open door for regular US crude inflows
Southeast Asia looks set to take US crude oil on a regular basis, with Vietnam and Indonesia making their very first purchase of light sweet WTI crude in recent weeks, signaling that the buyers are also keen to take advantage of favorable US-Asia arbitrage economics.
— S&P Global Platts

Asean civil society seeks meeting with leaders
ASEAN CIVIL society has expressed hope that an interface with leaders at the summit next month in Thailand would be meaningful in addressing relevant concerns on tough issues such as human rights and democracy, instead of becoming another ceremonial talk shop.
— The Nation

ASEAN must embrace digitisation for development
ASEAN needs to put a stronger focus on digital literacy to enable the full potential of an ASEAN digital economy and society by 2025. The internet and social media are making access to knowledge wider than ever.
— East Asia Forum

RI teams up with ADB to reduce marine debris in Asia
The government will cooperate with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to reduce marine plastic debris across ASEAN and Pacific countries, despite many challenges that lie ahead.
— The Jakarta Post

Giving a dam about the Mekong
Originating in the Tibetan highlands and running through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the Mekong and its tributaries provide water, food and income for 60 million people.
— The Asean Post

Teaching the teachers pays dividends
Microsoft has partnered with the Institute for Innovative Learning at Mahidol University and Change Fusion has organised an operational training session for over 50 teachers titled “How to Educate Secondary and High School Students on Python Programming for Project Development”, as part of a “train the trainers” initiative.
— The Nation

Southeast Asia: Identity in Search of a Name
In his recently published “Empire of the Winds: The Global Role of Asia’s Great Archipelago” Philip Bowring takes a longue durée look at the history of the region commonly known as “Maritime Southeast Asia.”
— The Globalist

A sad end for ASEAN’s tigers
Tigers once roamed wild and free across the jungles of the world. As apex predators, life was good.
— The Asean Post

Asean BN rout Shahtaj/Rizvis to lift polo cup
Asean BN (Red) clinched the 6th Serena Hotels Polo Cup 2019 title after routing Shahtaj/Rizvis 7-4 in the final played here at Islamabad Club Polo Ground.
— The Nation

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Engagement in Illegal Land Invasion Seriously Banned
As land price in Cambodia continues to rise, the Royal Government of Cambodia has urged the public not to engage in illegal land invasions.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian Journalist Sees Media Situation Deteriorating
Cambodian journalist Aun Pheap used to be a dedicated reporter. He would chase stories for The Cambodia Daily, a local independent paper, and write articles that government officials, businessmen and other powerful players would rather not see published.
— New Delhi Times

PM Hun Sen Urges Journalists to Tell the Truth, Fight Fake News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged all journalists to uphold media professionalism, speak the truth, and provide constructive criticisms in order to contribute to building a just, peaceful, and developed society, according to his letter released to celebrate the 26th World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2019.
— Fresh News

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Indonesian workers continue fighting for decent wage, better benefits
International Labor Day or May Day is celebrated annually on May 1 by workers across countries to highlight certain causes–better wages, better benefits and improved working conditions.
— Antara News

Indonesia sinks 51 foreign boats to fight against poaching
Indonesian authorities have resumed their tough stance against illegal fishing in the country’s water by sinking 51 foreign ships.
— FOX News

Shared meals and torch-lit parades: Indonesia Muslims welcome Ramadan
From cleaning up relatives’ graves and sharing food with the poor to holding colourful torch-lit street parades, millions of Indonesians are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in the world’s populous Muslim-majority country.
— France 24

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The sad state of Lao’s education system
Lao is looking to improve its education system. In this effort, it is introducing a project called the “Inclusive, Child-friendly Environments and the Improvement of the Quality of Learning Outcomes of pre-and primary schools in Vientiane and Oudomxay provinces”.
— The Asean Post

S. Korea visitor numbers down 32 percent in Q1
The number of South Koreans visiting Laos plummeted by 32 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2018, when there was an upsurge over the previous year.
— Vientiane Times

Laos planning new agriculture census
The government will carry out a major agriculture survey this year, intending to use the findings as a reference for the next national socio-economic development plan from 2020-2025.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia on right track to regaining Asian Tiger status: Lim
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is confident that Malaysia is on the right track to strengthen its economy and fiscal status by 2021, leading the way to regaining its position as an Asian Tiger.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia set to see new wave of China FDI
We can expect a fresh stream of investments from China following the revival of ECRL and Bandar Malaysia, as well as Dr Mahathir’s recent productive trip to Beijing.
— The Star Online

Meet tourism demand in Malaysia with flights, flexible visa policies, industry players say
The number of tourists from China has surged since March, with most direct flights from China to Malaysia fully booked.
— The Straits Times

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New Yangon port to be constructed as trade volumes rise
Adani Yangon International Terminal is developing a container terminal in Ahlone township, which is by the Yangon River, in anticipation of higher trade volumes in the coming years.
— Myanmar Times

High-speed train system to appear in Yangon soon
Yangon is the largest economic centre across the country and its transport systems are also essential to economic activities and quality of life of its people. At a time when Yangon is making strenuous efforts to develop a world-class metropolitan, urban public transportation plays a leading role.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Central Bank Warns Against Cryptocurrency Trading
Myanmar’s apex bank is sounding a note of warning to citizens against the dangers of trading with cryptocurrency. Per the report from The Irrawaddy May 03, 2019, the country’s central bank frowns on the use of virtual currencies, as there have been reports of digital currency scams by inexperienced victims.
— BTC Manager

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Investment pledges surged 47% to P286.7b in 4 months
Investment pledges jumped 46.5 percent in the first four months to P286.7 billion from P195.7 billion a year ago on the back of a significant increase in foreign projects, the Board of Investments said over the weekend.

Bank deposits reach P12.7 trillion at end-2018
The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) reported that total deposits in the Philippine banking system grew by 8.8% to P12.7 trillion as of December 31, 2018 from P11.7 trillion in the previous year.
— Manila Bulletin

Foreign tourist arrivals up 7.6% to 2.2 million in Q1
The government is on track to meet its tourist arrival targets this year, with the number of visitors from January to March growing by 7.59 percent compared to the same period in 2018, according to figures released by the government yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

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Jobless PMET was allegedly bullied by foreign colleagues due to his mental condition
A Singaporean has alleged that he was bullied by his foreign colleagues at his previous workplaces due to his mental condition.
— The Independent

UOB says Singapore home loans flat, with growth coming from region
UNITED Overseas Bank is the second Singapore lender to feel the sting of last year’s property cooling measures.
— The Business Times

Higher costs, longer waits for patients with MOH and S’pore Dental Council’s proposal: Dentists’ organisation
The Health Ministry and Singapore Dental Council’s (SDC) proposal that may require dentists to receive further training for “higher risk” procedures could raise costs for patients and compromise their treatment, said a non-profit organisation for Singapore dentists in general practice.
— Today Online

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King’s royal procession feted by well-wishers in triumph of tradition
His Majesty the King commanded the world’s attention as his royal procession offered the first chance for all Thais to pay their respects since he was crowned on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

A new era: the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn in photos (gallery)
Thailand has a new king. At 12:10pm on Saturday May 6, 2019 King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun placed the Great Crown of Victory on his head symbolising he ascension to the throne and title of Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua, or King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Rama X, heralding a new era for Thailand.
— AEC News Today

Less than 20% expect calm after election results: Suan Dusit Poll
In contrary to high expectations before the March 24 election, people are afraid the official election results – to be announced on May 9 – will bring disappointment, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam to become manufacturer of established global brands
Vietnam’s garment and textile sector is set to expand its market share globally, taking advantage of free trade agreements (FTAs) to become “a manufacturer of the world’s established brands”, a trade and investment official has said.
— VietnamPlus

FDI to Vietnam increases 28.6pc in first four months of 2019
Vietnam attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) of over USD7.4 billion in the first four months of this year, witnessing a year-on-year rise of 28.6 per cent, according to the country’s Foreign Investment Agency on Friday.
— Borneo Bulletin

Vietnam Develops Own Smartphones After Decades of Contract Work
Vietnam is used to being an order taker. Companies such as Nokia and Samsung Electronics use the Southeast Asian country’s cheap labor to assemble consumer electronics for export. Those investments from abroad have slowly handed Vietnam the supplies, parts and know-how needed for local companies to make their own smartphones.

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