Asean morning news for June 19

Asean morning news for June 19
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 18 — Indonesia tops all COVID-19 indices except recoveries
As of 00:42 GMT June 18 there was 52,159 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 37, or -0.07 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

UPDATE 1-Pandemic to nearly wipe out growth in developing Asia in 2020 -ADB
Developing Asia will likely clock up its weakest growth in nearly six decades this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday, as measures to contain the contagious novel coronavirus hammer economic activity.
— Reuters

South China Sea rules cannot be negotiated virtually: Indonesian official
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has spilled over into regional geopolitics as it threatens to delay the completion of the elusive Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, with ASEAN and Chinese officials unable to meet face-to-face at the negotiating table.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia Detained More Rohingya Boats, Thai Official Says
Malaysia detained three Rohingya boats in recent weeks in addition to the one it brought ashore on June 8, a Thai marine police commander told BenarNews on Wednesday, citing information from local fishermen, but a senior Malaysian security official denied this.
— Benar News

Preventing genocide should be the interest of ASEAN
On Jan. 23, 2020, 17 judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) voted unanimously to order Myanmar to take all measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingya population residing in Rakhine state.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta: ‘No reason to negotiate’ with Beijing on South China Sea
The Indonesian foreign minister said Thursday there was “no reason to negotiate” as she reaffirmed Jakarta’s stance that it has no overlapping claims with Beijing in the South China Sea, days after Indonesia sent the U.N. chief another letter on the topic.
— Benar News

ASEAN-Russia foreign ministers’ meeting furthers international solidarity
The Special ASEAN-Russia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Covid-19 via video conference was conducted yesterday and was joined by Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Prak Sokhonn.
— Khmer Times

Cari: Why an Asean High Level Special Commission is needed
The Asean High Level Special Commission (AHLSC), proposed by the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-BAC), the Asean Joint Business Councils (JBCs) and their partners, is necessary to fast-track health and economic recovery from the ravages of Covid-19.
— The Edge Markets

Massive stimulus packages not enough to rescue coronavirus-hit economies
The battlefield terminology of “fiscal bazookas” and “fiscal firepower” used to describe governments’ massive stimulus packages give the impression that big spending alone will lift coronavirus-wracked economies out of their current doom.
— South China Morning Post

Southeast Asia aware of China’s win-win approach and US strategic goals
The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a US think tank, recently published a survey of strategic elites in Southeast Asia and the Pacific on their views over, “the future of the Indo-Pacific from a Southeast Asia perspective.”
— Global Times

East Asia Business Council discusses ways to boost economic recovery
The East Asia Business Council (EABC) has recently convened its 47th meeting in an online format, attracting representatives from 13 East Asian nations, including 10 ASEAN member states and their three partners of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
— Vietnamplus

Armies are back in charge in south-east Asia. That’s a worry
Some governments in south-east Asia, slow to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, are now using their militaries to make up for initial inaction.
— Financial Review

C0VID-19 changes Southeast Asia’s consumers
While COVID-19 may be among the most devastating of all black swan events to hit Southeast Asia, it by no means is the first – and like previous crises in the world, it is introducing long-lasting changes to consumer behavior and digital adoption.
— The Jakarta Post

Reaching customers directly — an investment worth making in times of supply chain disruption
In recent years, retailers have stepped into new roles designed to increase consumer engagement and personalization.
— The Business Times

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Cambodia braces for the worst as arrivals rise on easing restrictions
The country is bracing for the second phase of Covid-19 as the numbers creep up after a nearly 40-day hiatus. Beginning May 20, new cases made up of air travel arrivals from overseas pushed the toll up to 129 with no fatalities. Only three were hospitalised.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New COVID-19 Case In Man Returning From Malaysia
Cambodia health officials have confirmed another COVID-19 case in Cambodia on June 16, 2020.

Mobile Traders Banned From Sihanoukville Streets
Traders in Sihanoukville are no longer allowed to sell food or other wares from motorcycles or cars on the streets, sidewalks, and public places in Sihanoukville, according to the meeting of the City Hall of Sihanoukville on the afternoon of June 17, 2020.

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Indonesia central bank makes third rate cut this year
Indonesia’s central bank on Thursday delivered its third interest rate cut this year, as expected, seeking to boost support for Southeast Asia’s largest economy amid a coronavirus-induced downturn.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia Records 1,331 New Covid-19 Cases; Highest in East Java
The national Covid-19 mitigation task force reported a new record of the highest daily rise in Covid-19 cases today, June 18, with 1,331 new infections. This latest figure made the total of confirmed cases to 41,431.

Public urged not to buy dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment
A public health expert and a community that monitors pandemic effects in Indonesia have warned the public to avoid rushing to buy dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely used corticosteroid medication, which has been hailed as a “major breakthrough” in COVID-19 treatment.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos praised for quick virus response
International health organisations on Thursday praised Laos’ early response and countrywide networks for containing the novel coronavirus after the Southeast Asian nation declared itself free of the virus earlier this month.
— Bangkok Post

Lao trucks not allowed into China at Boten border crossing
Lao trucks attempting to tranport goods into China are not being allowed to cross at the Boten International Checkpoint in Luang Namtha province. This is being done to check the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Goods are being carried into China on Chinese trucks.
— Vientiane Times

Australia Increases Development Assistance for Lao PDR COVID-19 Recovery
The Australian government has increased its bilateral development assistance to Laos by almost 25% this year, providing an additional AUD4.8 million to help fight the economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19.

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Minister: Covid-19 showed us how 3G, 4G still underutilised
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today said that the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia had exposed how underutilised the 3G and 4G technology was.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia records 14 new Covid-19 cases today, no deaths
The Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced 14 new Covid-19 cases, and no fatalities.
— Malay Mail

Minister: Internet connectivity for students being worked on, issue is access to devices
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today sought to clarify the issues surrounding internet connectivity for students, after reports emerged of a Sabah student forced to stay overnight on a tree to.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar prepared to manage further economic fallout: DASSK
The Myanmar economy is expected to deteriorate further this year as a result of COVID-19, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said during a meeting with key finance ministers on June 16.
— Myanmar Times

UN charts new territory with project to track all Myanmar’s forests
A new five-year project in Myanmar will for the first time document all forests in the Southeast Asian nation – including places affected by ethnic tensions – to pinpoint deforestation risks and boost conservation, the United Nations said.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar govt forms tribunal to probe China-funded city project
Myanmar government’s discomfort with China is on the rise. After Myanmar’s auditor general in a startling announcement cautioned government officials about continued reliance on Chinese loans, the Myanmar government has formed a tribunal to investigate irregularities surrounding a controversial China-backed city development project near the Thai border in Karen State.
— India times

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Mass layoffs hit PH aviation industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ground handling company of Cebu Pacific to lay off more than 1,000 employees, or a quarter of its workforce, in the single-largest retrenchment in the local aviation industry due to the health crisis.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Unctad report: FDI flows in PHL dip 24%; worse seen in 2020 with virus
Foreign direct investments (FDIs) that flowed into the Philippines last year declined by more than 24 percent and figures are seen to worsen this year with the coronavirus pandemic hurting Asia’s supply chains.
— Business Mirror

Over P54M worth of items seized for online selling violations –PNP-CIDG
Authorities have confiscated over P54 million worth of items from violations related to online selling in the past three months while most of the country is on lockdown.
— GMA Network

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More Covid-19 tests will be done in Singapore as economy reopens
All those aged 45 years and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection will be tested from later next week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No mid-year bonus for civil servants for first time since 2009; year-end bonus still up in the air
THERE will be no mid-year bonus for civil servants this year – for the first time since the global financial crisis – and senior public officers will also take another pay cut.
— The Business Times

257 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 in the community
Singapore reported 257 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Jun 18), including four in the community, bringing the national total to 41,473.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand records six new COVID-19 cases among returnees from abroad
Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections surged to six today. All are in state quarantine after their return from Saudi Arabia and India.
— Thai PBS News

CAAC chief: International flights unlikely before September
Dashing hopes that international arrivals (code for ‘tourist flights’) could resume on July 1, Thailand’s senior civilian aviation regulator says that they’re are likely to resume as late as September.
— The Thaiger

Government: foreigners seeking to return to Thailand must seek embassy assistance
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said foreigners seeking to return to Thailand must contact the Thai embassy in their nations for assistance.
— Newsline (video)

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Vietnam Proposes Corporate Income Tax Cut to Boost Economy after COVID-19
In line with recent tax breaks and incentives to boost the economy following COVID-19, Vietnam’s National Assembly is discussing a draft resolution to cut corporate income tax (CIT) by 30 percent for 2020.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnamese Police Arrest Two Facebook Users Linked to Popular Discussion Group
Police in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City last week arrested two Facebook users connected to an online discussion group, charging them with “abusing democratic freedoms” under a vaguely worded law often used to lock up bloggers and other peaceful critics of the country’s one-party communist government.
— Radio Free Asia

Vietnam Airlines A321 Suffers Cracked Windshield From Hail Mid Air
A Vietnam Airlines Airbus climbing out of Ho Chi Minh City last week hit torrential rain and hail, cracking both windshields. The incident caused the pilot to declare a PAN PAN and return to Ho Chi Minh City. There were no reported injuries to either passengers or crew.
— Simple Flying

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