Asean morning news for June 4

Asean morning news for June 4
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 3 — new global infections at record high; Brazil cases/ deaths rocketing
As of 00:31 GMT June 3 there was 46,026 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 340, or 0.74 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

HK-Asean free trade agreement effective on July 4 for Indonesia
The part relating to Indonesia under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Investment Agreement (IA) between Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will enter into force on July 4, the HKSAR government announced on Wednesday (June 3).
— The Star Online

ASEAN chair Vietnam proposes face-to-face summit in June: RI Foreign Ministry
Vietnam has made a proposal as this year’s ASEAN chair for the regional bloc to hold a physical summit later this month despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Sanakam dam anger grows
A conservation group has called for the scrapping of the Sanakam dam which is being built in Laos on the Mekong River two kilometres from Nan province.
— Bangkok Post

SEA countries, including PH, tackle education response policies amid COVID-19 pandemic
As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, representatives from various South East Asian countries – including the Philippines – shared their respective education response policies to ensure continuity of learning through the use of alternative delivery modalities.
— Manila Bulletin

Special Asean Economic Ministers meeting to convene tomorrow
A Special Asean Economic Ministers’ (AEM) meeting on Covid-19 response as well as a Special Asean Plus Three Economic Ministers’ (AEM+3) meeting will be convened tomorrow as a virtual conference hosted by Vietnam.
— The Sun Daily

China’s finished steel exports to ASEAN region fall in Q1
China’s finished steel exports to the Asean-6 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) amounted to 4.2 million mt in the first quarter of the current year, declining by 14 per cent year on year, according to the South East Asia Iron & Steel Institute (SEAISI).
— SteelOrbis (media release)

Google Cloud takes aim at Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam public cloud expansion
Google Cloud is stepping up efforts to grow its public cloud computing footprint in Southeast Asia, and has earmarked Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam as the next rapidly growing countries for adoption of public cloud services across a number of key customer-oriented verticals.
–TechWire Asia

‘Virus to deepen food insecurity, poverty in Asia’
THE Covid-19 pandemic could worsen food insecurity and poverty in Asian countries, including the Philippines, as consumers lose access to nutritional food, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said.
— Business Mirror

Malaysia, Asean members must continue to act collectively
The Perikatan Nasional administration, led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, is concentrating its efforts in dealing with the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by focusing on economic improvement while addressing social and health issues.
— New Straits Times

Can Asean match ‘European Green Deal’ initiative?
TWO weeks ago, the world was pleasantly surprised by the European Commission’s (EC) commitment to protect 30 per cent of European Union (EU) lands and oceans by 2030, part of the European Green Deal.
— New Straits Times

India’s COVID-19 Opportunity in Southeast Asia
On March 15, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated discussions on a potential regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a video meeting with leaders from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
— The Diplomat

FM teleconference with ASEAN mission chiefs
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) holds a teleconference with heads of diplomatic missions to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries at the foreign ministry, in downtown Seoul, on June 3, 2020.
— Yonhap News

As law firms in SE Asia inch back to the office, ‘safety first’ is the mantra
The COVID-19 outbreak has severely disrupted normal life in Southeast Asia, forcing a big chunk of the region’s workforce to work from home, lawyers not exempted.
— Asean Legal Business

SE Asia Stocks-Extend rally on rebound hopes; Indonesia, Malaysia up for sixth day
Southeast Asian markets extended multi-day rallies on Wednesday, with banks leading gains in several markets as investors focussed on the prospect of an economic rebound across the region.
— Reuters

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Siem Reap’s tourism hit hard by C-19
More than 100 hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap province permanently ceased operations while 230 others announced indefinite suspensions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial hall revealed yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Fines await late tax filing
Accountants, auditors, enterprises and NGOs that delay the submission of their tax return forms or commit accounting fraud are liable to a fine of more than 30 million riel ($7,300), according to a new sub-decree on Transactional Penalties for Violations in Accounting and Auditing Laws.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Workers Decry Labor Ministry’s Move to Postpone Indemnity Payments
The Cambodian Ministry of Labor on Tuesday said it was postponing the biannual indemnity payments to workers in the garment and footwear sector, in order to provide some relief to employers and factory owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— VOA Khmer

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Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5% if PSBB last for 4 months: World Bank
Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5 percent this year should the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by several regional administrations nationwide last for four months, according to a worst-case projection by the World Bank, as the government rushes to reopen the virus-battered economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian court rules Internet curbs in Papua unlawful
An Indonesian court ruled on Wednesday (Jun 3) that the government’s decision to rein in Internet speeds in a bid to contain civil unrest in the country’s easternmost region of Papua last year was unlawful.

Indonesian govt raises budget deficit to 6.34 percent of GDP
The Indonesian Government widened the state budget deficit to 6.34 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), or Rp1,039.2 trillion (US$73.28 billion), in the revised state budget 2020, from earlier 5.07 percent, or Rp852.9 trillion ($60.15 billion).
— Antara News

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Labour ministry orders businesses to pay workers amid virus outbreak
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has instructed businesses in the production and service sectors to respect the Law on Labour, related laws, and regulations on the payment of workers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

MRC urged to delay Lao dam project scrutiny to allow for more input
Five civil society organisations in Cambodia yesterday asked the Mekong River Commission’s Joint Committee to delay the prior consultation process of Laos’ proposed Luang Prabang project to give more time for its developer to conduct more rigorous studies to ensure the river’s sustainability.
— Khmer Times

Lao students return to schools as govt further eases Covid-19 restrictions
Most Lao students returned to schools on Tuesday (June 2) as the Lao government further eased its precautionary Covid-19 restrictions.
— The Star

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AirAsia waives flight change fees for guests traveling up to Dec 31
AirAsia is offering further flexibility for guests who are travelling up to Dec 31 this year by waiving flight change fees following the validity extension of its credit accounts to two years.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia hands 5G spectrum to little-known firm controlled by politically linked tycoon
Malaysia has quietly awarded the highly sought-after 5G telecommunications spectrum to several players, including the little-known Altel, a firm controlled by the reclusive but politically connected tycoon Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary, seemingly without an open tender previously promised.
— The Star Online

Former Miss Universe Malaysia apologises over ‘coloured people’ comment
Former Miss Universe Malaysia Samantha Katie James has apologised for her controversial remarks on the ongoing nationwide protests in the US.
— The Star Online

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Myanmar mulls $24 million loan to keep national airline afloat
The government is considering a US$24 million bail-out plan to help Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) cover its operational expenses, U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary of the transport ministry, said during a Myanmar tourism forum on June 1.
— Myanmar Times

MAB offers highest interest rates on deposit in Myanmar
Would you like to save your money in a place which offers the highest interest rates in Myanmar and take interest every month?
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Condemns Report on Illegal Teak Exports to EU
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has rejected an independent study claiming teak is being illegally exported through Croatia.
— Irrawaddy

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South China Sea security issues pushed reversal on US military pact: Philippine envoy
Security issues in the disputed South China Sea helped convince the Philippines to delay quitting a key US military pact, the nation’s envoy to Washington said Wednesday.

UP now ranks 65th among top universities in Asia
The University of the Philippines (UP) went up to the 65th spot in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings.
— GMA Network

Senate approves P140-B bill to fund COVID-19 recovery efforts
The proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which features P140 billion-worth of economic recovery interventions in the country, passed second reading in the Senate on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

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Singapore’s COVID-19 cases top 36,000 after 569 new infections reported
The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore crossed the 36,000 mark on Wednesday (Jun 3) with 569 new infections confirmed as of noon.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore PMI improves in May, but still in contractionary mode
IN May, Singapore’s factory sentiment improved both overall and in the electronics sector for the first time this year, recovering from April’s levels, which were the lowest since 2008.
— The Business Times

Business and official travellers on Singapore-China ‘fast lane’ arrangement must get COVID-19 swab tests
The Singapore-China fast lane arrangement will start on Jun 8, and approved travellers must take a COVID-19 swab test within 48 hours before departure.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Crowds flock as beach reopens
Popular beaches were teeming with visitors on the first public holiday on Wednesday since their closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic two months ago, with Bang Saen beach in Chon Buri almost bursting at the seams.
— Bangkok Post

Kasikorn Research Centre adjusts 2020 growth forecast down to -6%
Thailand’s GDP for the whole of 2020 is forecast to contract by as much as 6%, instead of 5% as previously projected, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre (KRC).
— Thai PBS News

No date for resumption of international arrivals: PM
In an apparent effort to quell rumours and undue optimism, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is downplaying the notion that international tourists will be allowed to return to Thailand in July.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam says most serious COVID-19 patient on path to recovery
Vietnam’s most gravely-ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who works for its national airline, has started to recover from the illness and may no longer require a lung transplant, state media said on Wednesday (Jun 3).

Internet remains sluggish in Vietnam as undersea cable repair delayed
Repair of the disaster-prone AAG undersea cable will take an extra four days to complete, so Vietnamese internet users will continue experiencing sluggish speeds.
— VnExpress

Vietnamese airlines resume most domestic routes
While international routes are still mostly stopped, opening more domestic routes is seen as key to getting airlines and the local economy back on their feet.
— Viet Nam News

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