Asean morning news for January 3

Asean morning news for January 3

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Asean manufacturing sector deteriorates for seventh straight month
The Asean manufacturing sector saw a further deterioration in operating conditions at the end of 2019 albeit at its softest pace since a downturn that began in June, according to IHS Markit Asean Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
— The Edge Markets

Southeast Asia’s Water Troubles Underscore Climate Threat
Over the past year, growing environmental threats in Asia have had much to do with water—most importantly rising seas driven by global warming.
— Radio Free Asia

ASEAN: Outlook for 2020 Part 1
2019 proved to be a tumultuous year for the region. Some ASEAN countries faced major challenges.
— The Asean Post

Mekong levels to drop as China conducts equipment tests
The Mekong River Commission on Tuesday reported dam equipment tests in China will affect water levels in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos in the middle of this month.
— Khmer Times

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Malaysia Detains Hundreds of Undocumented Migrants as Amnesty Program Ends
Malaysia arrested hundreds of undocumented migrants in the past two days, officials said Thursday, as Kuala Lumpur launched a promised yearlong immigration crackdown after wrapping up an amnesty program where 190,000 foreigners agreed to leave the country.
— Benar News

Tax rates in South East Asia: Philippines has highest tax
Do you and your company know how much tax you are paying? Tax can be a complicated and tedious thing to navigate for both individuals and businesses.
— HRM Aisa

Trump-Trọng Summit Remains in Limbo
With repeated Chinese intrusions into oil-rich Vanguard Bank and anticipated departure of ExxonMobil from the Blue Whale project, the South China Sea dispute has reached a turning point.
— YaleGlobal Online

Asean has to shoot for open borders to grow
VIETNAM’S decision to make “cohesive and responsive” its focus when it takes the chair of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) for 2020 comes at a crucial time for the trade bloc.
— The Business Times

ASF to remain a key theme in global poultry markets in 2020, stability in feed prices forecast
There is little upside risk in feed prices internationally, and the outlook for global poultry in 2020 is slightly more positive than it was in 2019, when markets suffered from relative oversupply, according to Rabobank’s global poultry quarterly, released late last month.

Why Southeast Asian real estate markets remain attractive to Chinese investors
In recent years, China’s government has been sticking to the principle that houses are used for living in and not for speculation, thus imposing restrictions on domestic real estate transactions by means of limited purchase, property tax, and higher lending rates.
— Bangkok Post

Illicit trade in marine resources keeps billions out of Pacific economies every year
The Pacific Ocean’s marine resources are a source of income, foreign exchange, employment and nutrition to many countries.
— Eco-Business

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ASEAN quickly turning to 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

Introducing Southeast Asia’s very own stars and exoplanets
A number of Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, have successfully named their very own stars and exoplanets as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an international astronomy group.
— Coconuts Singapore

Will ‘Asean airplane food’ restaurants take off in S-E Asia?
The Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur has more than 100 restaurants, cafes and snack stands to meet every kind of craving.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN Football Federation sets dates for AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 – Reports
The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has reportedly set the dates for the 2020 edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the premier football competition of Southeast Asia.
— FOX Sports


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Cambodia earns 6 bln USD in taxes last year
The Cambodian government earned 6 billion U.S. dollars in income from tax and customs in 2019, exceeding its target, an English-language daily newspaper reported on Thursday.
— Xinhua 

Cambodia Exports 7 million Tons of Agricultural Products in 2019
Cambodia exported more than 6.9 million tons of agricultural products to foreign markets last year, of which 2.1 million tons of rice paddy were sold to Vietnam.
— AKP 

‘Accidents claimed 1,981 lives last year’
A National Police report for 2019 said that of the 4,121 traffic accidents that occurred throughout last year, 1,981 people – including 330 females and 1,651 males – had died. Another 3,919 were seriously injured and 2,222 suffered minor injuries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Deadly Flash Floods in Indonesia’s Capital Leave Thousands Homeless
At least 30 people have been killed in the most intense rains to strike Jakarta, the country’s capital, since record keeping began.
— The New York Times

Indonesia Posts Lowest Inflation on Record in 20 Years
Inflation in Indonesia cooled to an eight-month low in December as the cost of transportation, telecommunication and financial services stagnated, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Cigarette Tax Hike Takes Effect Since January 1
The government has increased the cigarette tax by 23 percent since January 1. The current cigarette price of the Marlboro brand in Tanjung Selor, Bulungan, North Kalimantan reportedly at Rp30,000 per pack.

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Commentary: The ups and downs of Laos’ road to graduate from least developed country status
Laos’ economic development depends alot on mining and hydropower, which breeds new risk for the country’s ambitions to graduate from the United Nation’s Least Developed Country status in 2024.
— Channel News

Lao capital monitors increasing pork prices
Vientiane authorities are carefully monitoring the price of pork after it rose above the Lao government’s set price, affecting the large number of people who regularly buy this popular meat.
— The Phnom Penh Postv 

Rice centre sprouts new climate-resilient varieties
The Rice Research Centre under the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is accelerating efforts to develop new climate-resilient rice varieties to help farmers in times of flood or drought.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysians expect a single app for all travel needs in the next decade
WITH the continued advancement in technology, 58% of Malaysians anticipate using their mobile phones as a normal practice for hotel checkins, according to the Travel Trend Expectations for 2020s research by Agoda.
— The Malaysian Reserve

5G roll out to drive telco sector in near term
Telecommunication sector is expected to continue its momentum backed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions’ (MCMC) latest announcement on the 5G services rollout.
— The Sun Daily

Yes, it’s 2020 and there are no flying cars—this Malaysian is doing something about it
The internet is awash with memes that poke a little fun at the fact that it’s 2020, and we still don’t have flying cars.
— Soyacincau

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Financial services seen as most attractive investment bet in Myanmar
Myanmar, which is described as the last frontier market of southeast Asia, saw deal-making gain momentum in 2019 even as private equity investors commit more dry powder to the region’s investment landscape that is said to require patient capital.
— DealStreetAsia

How safe are Myanmar‘s airlines?
The poor reputation of domestic carriers in Myanmar may not be justified, with five of the six airlines scoring reasonably well with organisations that monitor international aviation safety.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar economy expected to grow 7.1 per cent
The economy in Myanmar in the fiscal year of 2019-2020 was given a positive outlook by the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office.
— New Straits times

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Duterte to sign P4.1-T national budget Jan. 6
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab confirmed on Thursday, January 2 that President Duterte will sign the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 on Monday, January 6.
— Tempo

Full ban on plastic use starts in CdO
The local government here started enforcing Thursday a full ban of plastic use in all commercial establishments.

ABS-CBN case ‘not a press freedom issue’
THE grant of a legislative franchise is a “privilege” given at the discretion of the State, and the constitutional right to press freedom “does not apply” in the case of ABS-CBN, the chairman of House Committee on Legislative Franchises asserted on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

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Singapore economy expands 0.7% in 2019, slowest in a decade
This marks Singapore’s slowest full-year growth since 2009, according to Bloomberg data.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

930,000 HDB households to receive GST Voucher rebate this month
About 930,000 Singaporean households living in Housing Board (HDB) flats will receive a GST (goods and services tax) Voucher to offset part of their utility bills this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporeans in Jakarta advised to prepare for possible further flooding
Singaporeans in Jakarta are advised to prepare for the possibility of further flooding and should heed the advice of local authorities, the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta said on Thursday (Jan 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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MOPH announces successful medical cannabis outcomes
The Ministry of Public Health has released initial findings on medical cannabis administration to patients, and related clinical research, which show positive effects among young patients with epilepsy, and patients with end-stage cancer.

Chinese dam to reduce water discharge into Mekong river
A Chinese authority has informed five countries along the Mekong river of a planned reduction in the water discharge from Jinghong dam upstream, during electrical component tests.

Drunk Driving a Serious Problem with Thailand’s Motorists
The Office of the Judiciary in Thailand has reported that over 18,000 motorists were sent to court on drunk driving charges from Dec 27 to 31. A spokesperson said said courts have been flooded by drunk driving cases.
— Chiang Rai Times

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Investors see great opportunities in Vietnam’s solar power
Vietnam’s solar power sector holds much potential thanks to rising demand and a supportive regulatory framework.
— The Hanoitimes

Downside risks abound for Vietnam’s 2020 economy
Vietnam’s Communist Party leaders could be excused if their 2020 outlook is overly politicized.
— Asia Times

Vietnam and regional neighbors push for low-grade coal
Demand for low-grade coal with lower combustion efficiency is growing amid economic growth in Vietnam and other emerging Asian countries, placing another hurdle in the global race to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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