Asean morning news for February 11

Asean morning news for February 11
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


WHO warns overseas virus spread may be ‘tip of the iceberg’
The head of the World Health Organization warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the tip of the iceberg.
— Rappler

10th ASEAN Para Games called off amid coronavirus threat
The 10th ASEAN Para Games was officially postponed Monday due to the novel coronavirus scare.
— The Philippine Star

Coronavirus 1, human rights 0
Last week a Chinese coronavirus “suspect” in Myanmar was hunted down near the border with China.
— Asean Economist

ADB approves $2 million funding for nCoV tests
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $2 million in new funding to support efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
— The Philippine Star

How Southeast Asia can avoid the perils of the West’s fragile democracy
Angola, Haiti and Cambodia are “banana republics”: countries where the rule of law has been traduced by a man or woman or group seeking their own aggrandisement.
— South China Morning Post

Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS 2019 ASEAN inbound program 23rd batch
131 university students who will be a future leader from ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Timor-Leste, are scheduled to visit Japan from February 9th to 18th, 2020 as part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs, “JENESYS 2019” promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).
— Antara News

Sweden-Southeastasia Summit Cancelled
Team Sweden in South East Asia has decided to cancel the “Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit” scheduled to be held in Singapore on February 13-14, 2020.
— ScandAsia

ASEAN Businesses Facing Shortage Of Chinese-Made Components: Contingency Plans
China’s Coronavirus outbreak has impacted on businesses throughout ASEAN being able to obtain supply deliveries. There are a number of issues ASEAN businesses face with supplies from China at this present time:
— Asean Briefing

Misinformation laws on the rise in ASEAN
Singapore’s newly passed misinformation law has been grabbing headlines because it empowers government officials to order corrections to be placed next to social media and online posts they deem false.
— The Asean Post

Forecasting the Weather: ASEAN Financial Services Industry Taking Balanced Approach to Cloud
The relationship between banks and cloud technology has seen a considerable shift in the last few years.
— The Business Times

Luhut Preps World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Jakarta
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has started the preparations for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, which is slated to take place in Jakarta on July 7-9, 2020.
— Tempo

ASEAN promotes intra-bloc trade, investment
Promoting intra-bloc trade and investment for a cohesive and responsive Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the much-discussed topics among ASEAN officials, researchers, and policymakers.
— Vietnamplus

NYC calls for participants to 1st ASEAN Youth Dialogue
The National Youth Commission (NYC) is calling for youth delegates to represent the Philippines in the First ASEAN Youth Dialogue in Siem Reap, Cambodia this March 27-28.
— Philippine News Agency

SE Asia Stocks-Fall as rising virus death toll curbs risk appetite
Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Monday as a rising death toll in China raised alarm bells about the severity of a virus outbreak, though authorities there lifted some work and travel curbs.
— Reuters

Can hardline activists Sea Shepherd have an impact in Southeast Asia?
Direct-action marine conservation group Sea Shepherd—made famous by the documentary Whale Wars, which followed the non-government organisation’s dramatic battles with Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean—is now docked in Singapore.
— Eco-Business

ASEAN destinations will benefit from growing connectivity with Europe, says GlobalData
GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Tourism Destination Market Insights: Association of South East Asian Nations – ASEAN’, found that Russia, France, Germany and the UK are some of the fastest growing source markets for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
— TD

EC assigns top priority to Southeast Asia ‘connectivity’
THE European Commission (EC) is expected to increase its focus on Southeast Asia after Germany took over the commission’s top post, German Ambassador to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Southeast Asian Countries Lead Agility Emerging Markets Index
Southeast Asian countries outdo most other emerging market regions in the 11th annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, a broad gauge of competitiveness based on logistics strength and business fundamentals.
— Yahoo Finance

Blockchain Opens a New Chapter in Southeast Asian’s Capital Market History; MnI is the Future Leader of Asset Tokenisation in Southeast Asia
Singapore and Indonesia has always been great supporters of blockchain.
— PR Newswire (media release)

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Is Cambodia’s education system corrupted?
On 26 January, Cambodian student Kong Bunrith posted a video on Facebook accusing senior officials in the country’s Ministry of Justice of allegedly taking bribes. Kong had claimed that some of his peers paid up to US$150,000 in bribes to secure passing grades.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia braced for raw material shortage
Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has warned that as many as 10 per cent of the country’s garment manufacturing sites may be forced to temporarily close next month due to a shortage of raw materials.
— Ecotextile 

More success in cross border drugs crackdown
Anti-Narcotics Police have cracked down on a case of transnational drug trafficking from Thailand to Cambodia, and seized more than 15 kilograms of drugs.
— Khmer Times

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Coronavirus Crisis; Govt to Evacuate More Indonesians from China
The Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Mahendra Siregar announced that the government is planning to bring home additional Indonesians who currently reside in China.

Indonesia’s BOP for Q4 2019 recorded US$-4.3 billion surplus: BI
Indonesia’s Balance of Payments (BOP) in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 recorded a surplus of US$4.3 billion, improving from a deficit of $46 million clocked in the previous quarter.
— Antara News

Indonesia Raises Travel Alert for Singapore After City-State Declares Orange Alert for Coronavirus Outbreak
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday raised its travel alert for Singapore to level yellow, urging Indonesian citizens to take extra precautions when they visit the city-state.
— Jakarta Globe

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City hospitals prepare to accept coronavirus patients
Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane has medical staff on standby along with special equipment to treat people with the new coronavirus (nCoV) if any cases are suspected or confirmed.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Commerce ministry sets price ceiling for face masks
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has stipulated the sale price of face masks in a bid to keep the price at a level that people on low incomes can afford.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Trade deficit in Laos reach 137 mln USD in 2019
Laos recorded a trade deficit of 137 million U.S. dollars in 2019 even though the value of exports exceeded the yearly plan, according to Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
— Xinhua 

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PM says GDP forecast for 2020 remains at 4.8pc, despite challenging times
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today maintained that Malaysia’s 2020 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) target still stands at 4.8 per cent, against a turbulent global and national economy.
— Malay Mail

Guan Eng calls for moderate Malaysians to defend PH amidst ‘Pakatan Nasional’ rumours
DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng calls for moderate Malaysians regardless of race to rise and defend Pakatan Harapan (PH) amidst rumours of a new Malay parties coalition that will form a “backdoor” government to.
— Malay Mail

Penang tourism industry down 40pc due to coronavirus, says Chow
The tourism industry in Penang has recorded a drop of between 30 to 40 per cent due to the travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
— Malay Mail

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Virus impacts MAI operations
Myanmar’s largest private-sector airline said the novel coronavirus outbreak is likely to have an impact on its operations until April, Bloomberg reported.
– Mizzima

Frontiir selected to bring internet to Yangon’s ‘New City’ development
The Yangon “New City” megaproject’s developer has selected Myanmar ICT firm Frontiir to build a network bringing internet services to the area.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar manufacturers counter worker wage demands
Garment manufacturers in Myanmar have completed factory surveys of their own as they look to stifle worker attempts to secure a substantial increase to the country’s minimum wage which is reviewed on a biennial basis.
— Ecotextile

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4 more Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus
Four more Filipinos aboard a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Rappler

FDI inflows rose 14.6% to $623 million in November
Net inflows of foreign direct investments climbed 14.6 percent in November 2019 to $623 million from $543 million a year ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Monday.

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic
President Rodrigo Duterte once again turned to the military when confronting problems faced by the government, saying he would tap uniformed personnel to ensure order in the country in the event the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic.
— Rappler

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2 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, including Certis Cisco employee who served quarantine orders
Singapore reported two more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday (Feb 10), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020 to be delivered at 3pm on Feb 18; feedback sessions could be affected by coronavirus outbreak
The Ministry of Finance, Reach and the People’s Association said they will keep those interested in the feedback sessions updated on the arrangements on their websites or social media channels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HSA warns public against buying or consuming three health products
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying or consuming three health products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Coronavirus in Thailand: 32 confirmed cases
The Ministry of Public Health reported that Thailand has 32 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, 10 of whom have recovered and have been discharged from hospital.

Cabinet ministers and Government House officials to wear black on Tuesday
All cabinet ministers and officials at Government House are to wear black on Tuesday as the country mourns those killed in the mass shooting in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima at the weekend, when over 30 people, including the gunman, lost their lives and more than 50 were injured.
— Thai PBS News

Thai media under fire for disobeying orders to “tone down” Korat massacre coverage
Cable TV and other news channels, who ignored official orders to stop broadcasting and streaming of Saturday evening’s lockdown and storming of the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Korat, have been informed they “will face consequences”.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam’s northern port city will develop more economic zones in 2020
The Vietnam’s northern port city of Hai Phong planned to establish a number of new industrial zones this year, head of the provincial management board of economic zones Phạm Văn Mợi said.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam improves position in global military ranking
Vietnam jumped one spot to 22nd in the 2020 Military Strength Ranking by U.S. website Global Firepower.
— VnExpress

Closure of border markets exerts no impact on official China-Vietnam trade
Customs clearance of Vietnam’s exports of agricultural products to China, including dragon fruit, via official channels is carried out as usual.
— The Hanoitimes

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