Asean morning news for June 5

Asean morning news for June 5

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 4 — 120,000 new global infections as rate quickens
As of 00:31 GMT June 4 there was 47,043 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,017, or 2.21 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

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

Singapore PM in Op-Ed Says China Can’t Take U.S.’s Security Role in Southeast Asia
The U.S. security presence “remains vital to the Asia-Pacific region,” and China would be unable to take over that role in Southeast Asia even with its increasing military might, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
— Bloomberg

AirAsia waives flight change fee
AirAsia will waive flight change fees for those booking travel up to 31 December 2020 by waiving flight change fees in a move to regain traveller confidence.
— TTR Weekly

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Azmin calls for stronger Asean+3 collaboration to develop Covid-19 vaccine
Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has urged China, Japan and South Korea to forge greater partnership with Asean member states in developing the Covid-19 vaccine.
— Malay Mail

Regional ministers seek ways to facilitate ASEAN trade
Economic ministers from ASEAN member nations convened an online meeting on June 4 to implement instructions from ASEAN leaders made at the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 on April 14.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN Must Make the Best of Its New Centrality in China’s Diplomacy
In early March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic forced governments across the world to close borders and shut down economic activity, the Chinese Global Times reported that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had edged over the European Union to become China’s largest trading partner.
— The Diplomat

Cohesiveness will be vital for Asean’s post-pandemic economic recovery
We live in extraordinary times. We have seen a health emergency become a global economic emergency, creating unprecedented stress on families, companies and communities.
— The Business Times

ASEAN, China, Japan, S.Korea vow to keep open markets against COVID-19 epidemic
Economic ministers of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea on Thursday reaffirmed the importance of open markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for efforts against the epidemic’s adverse impact.
— Xinhuanet

Historic opportunity to create a more sustainable East Asia
History shows that the deepest economic and social changes occur in the aftermath of major crises, catastrophes or conflicts.
— East Asia Forum

Shrinking consumer demand biggest threat to business recovery for Asian businesses: YPO survey
ONE in two CEOs globally say diminished demand for their products/services is the greatest obstacle to their business viability, followed by changes in consumer behaviour (44 per cent) and operating restrictions from the government (32 per cent), according to the latest YPO survey.
— The Business Times

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Cheap holidays target locals across tourism-reliant Southeast Asia
With cash flow drying up at Thailand’s popular beach resort of Phuket, hotels are racing to restart tourism — starting with local travelers.
— The Japan Times

Anti-Blackness In Southeast Asia?
On Tuesday, social media feeds were flooded with black squares posted by corporations, celebrities, sports stars and the general public – along with the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday.
— The Asean Post

Grab Accelerates Expansion of Deliveries Across Southeast Asia
Grab Holdings Inc., Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant, is expanding delivery services from convenience stores and supermarkets across 50 cities in the region.
— Bloomberg

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines index hits 3-month high as rally gains steam
Philippine, Thai and Vietnamese shares hit their highest in around three months on Thursday as Southeast Asian markets extended a week-long rally, driven by the re-opening of regional economies and prospects of fresh stimulus to aid the recovery.
— Reuters


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More than 1,800 passengers arrive on eight international flights
Eight International flights carrying about 1,880 passengers landed in the Kingdom late last night.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia exports 1.4 mln tons of agricultural products in first five months
A report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries shows that Cambodia exported a total of 1.4 million tons of non-rice agricultural products to foreign markets during the first five months of this year, despite the global COVID-19 crisis. These agricultural products included cassava, cashew nuts, corn, banana, mangos and pepper.
— Fresh Plaza

Thai officials stand firm in denying entry to merchants, workers
Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Oum Reatrey said he has tried to negotiate with the Thailand side of the border to let Cambodian cart workers and merchants enter the country, but his suggestion was rejected.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Jakarta Extends Large-Scale Social Restriction, Declares June a ‘Transition Period’
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday extended the city’s large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, until at least the end of June as the capital city enters what he called a “transition period” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

New protocol requires international flyers to submit swab test result
International flyers will now need to submit PCR swab test results, showing they have tested negative for COVID-19, while domestic flyers will have to furnish the results of their rapid test, the task force stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia Expects Another Tough Month in Coronavirus Outbreak
Indonesia reported 684 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday in a worrying start into the moth, as projected Covid-19 peak is increasingly becoming a moving target.
— Jakarta Globe

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Ministry of Labor Orders Employers to Pay Wages Despite Pandemic
The Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has instructed employers to ensure workers are fairly compensated despite an economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Laotian Times

Laos declares success in controlling spread of Covid-19
The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has thanked the Party, government, friendly countries, development partners and Lao citizens for the part they played in bringing the Covid-19 outbreak under control.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Singapore firm to build US$1.7 billion coal power plant in Laos
The Lao government has approved a Singapore energy firm’s plan to develop a new US$1.7 billion thermal power plant in southern Laos’ Sekong province. Evolution Power Investment Corporation (EPIC) signed an agreement with Lao firm Khounmixay Bridge and Road Construction and Repair Company (KMX) to conduct a feasibility study for the project.
— ASEAN Today

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Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases spike today, with 270 patients from Immigration detention centre
Malaysia recorded 277 new Covid-19 cases today, of which only four were locals, the Ministry of Health said today.
— Malay Mail

State Govt mulls exporting seafood, vegetables
The State Government is looking into exporting seafood and vegetables produced in Sabah via AirAsia. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal said he had discussed with AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes on fitting the company’s aircrafts with refrigeration so that perishable goods such as vegetables.
— The Borneo Post

Launch of first e-commerce platform masterplan soon
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred) will be launching its first e-commerce platform masterplan to motivate entrepreneurs venturing into digital economy.
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Malaysia’s Petronas enters Myanmar gas market
Malaysia’s state-owned oil firm Petronas has entered Myanmar gas market with first liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery, the company said Thursday.
— Xinhua

UN gives food to workers returning from China, Thailand
The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is assisting thousands of migrant workers returning from neighbouring countries, mostly China and Thailand, in support of government efforts to fight COVID-19.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Confirms First Muslim Rohingya Coronavirus Case Within Borders
Myanmar’s Ministry of Health on Thursday announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus infection in a Muslim Rohingya within its borders, highlighting concerns over the potential for an outbreak within the ethnic community packed into squalid refugee camps in Rakhine state.
— Radio Free Asia

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‘Near impunity’ for drug war killings in Philippines, UN report says
Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines may have been killed in the war on drugs since mid-2016, amid near impunity for police and incitement to violence by top officials, the United Nations said on Thursday (Jun 4).

Health certificates, travel passes now required at airports
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports across the country tightened their security measures and required passengers additional documents as domestic flights resumed on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Virus sinks FDI pledges to 2-year low in first quarter
Foreign direct investment (FDI) pledges in the country’s economic zones sank to their lowest level in 2 years in the first quarter, laying fresh evidence on how investors were turned off by the pandemic which the government seeks to fix through a cut in corporate taxes.
— Philippine Star

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Budget 2020 Care and Support cash payouts to be made to eligible S’poreans from 18 June: MOF
Eligible Singaporeans will be receiving cash payouts under the Unity and Resilience Budgets’ Care and Support Package starting 18 June, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
— The Online Citizen

Visitor arrivals to Singapore hit historic low in April
The number of visitors to Singapore plummeted to a historic low of 748 in April, the first full month since a ban on short-term visitors was put in place.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 517 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 asymptomatic cases in the community
Singapore reported 517 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Jun 4), including 15 community cases that are all asymptomatic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai economy to shrink more than expected, jobs to deteriorate sharply-cbank minutes
Thailand’s economy will contract more than expected this year, with the job outlook deteriorating sharply amid the coronavirus outbreak, minutes from the latest policy meeting showed on Thursday.
— Reuters

Government to decide which “red” businesses can reopen in next phase
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration revealed today that the government is now considering which high-risk or “red” businesses will be allowed to reopen under Phase 4 of lockdown easing.
— The Thaiger

Proposed rehabilitation of THAI will expose a Pandora’s Box of corruption
Former international crime prosecutor, Mr. Wanchai Roujanavong, has likened the proposed rehabilitation of Thai Airways International to the opening of a Pandora’s Box, which will expose extensive corruption in the ailing national flag carrier which has hitherto been hidden from the public.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam garment export value falls 14.5 pct in 5 months
Vietnam’s total textile and garment export value in the first five months of this year declined by 14.5 percent year-on-year to over 10.4 billion U.S. dollars, according to the country’s General Statistics Office on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Vietnam pension system world’s 57th best: report
Placed 57th out of 70 economies in a global ranking of pension system development, Vietnam lags most of its Southeast Asian peers.
— VnExpress

Vietnam’s automobile import down 29.7 pct in 5 months
Vietnam spent nearly 2.2 billion U.S. dollars on importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly in the first five months of this year, posting a year-on-year decrease of 29.7 percent.
— Xinhua

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