Asean morning news for March 9

Asean morning news for March 9
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


China gives helping hand to Asean nations to fight coronavirus
The Covid-19 (coronavirus) virus is spreading rapidly around the world.
— The Star Online

Three-way fray spells toil and trouble in South China Sea
A new three-way dispute has broken into the open in the South China Sea, one that brings two Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) members into conflict along with China over coveted energy resources.
— Asia Times

Vietnam proposes 13 priorities for 26th AEM Retreat
A preparatory senior economic officials’ meeting for the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat (PREP-SEOM for the 26th AEM Retreat) was held in Da Nang city on March 8.
— Vietnamplus

WWF Urges SE Asia to Ban Unregulated Wildlife Trade Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The coronavirus epidemic prompted China to ban the unregulated trade of wildlife and the consumption of wild animals.

Areas for improvement in ASEAN multilateralism
The centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often mentioned and emphasised by government officials and scholars in the Asia-Pacific region.
— The Asean Post

In ASEAN, gender equality still very much a ‘tick-the-box’ issue
A look at ASEAN’s busy calendar of annual meetings suggests that the organization is still predominantly run by men – currently, nine out of 10 ASEAN leaders and foreign ministers are male.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean’s response to Covid-19
Right after assuming the chairmanship of Asean in 2020, Vietnam has been challenged by the outbreak of Covid-19 disease.
— Khmer Times

New BBC Show Uncovers Urgent Tiger Trafficking Crisis in Southeast Asia
A new BBC program hosted by Aldo Kane called Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers, is an in-depth look at the tiger farms in Southeast Asia.
— One Green Planet (video)

Southeast Asian countries take actions against COVID-19
Countries in Southeast Asia are taking drastic actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as they have confirmed more infected cases over the last few days.
— Vietnamplus

AirAsia BIG Sale takes off
AirAsia’s BIG Sale is back with 6 million seats on sale including some zero-fare seats to popular destinations across AirAsia’s network, spanning Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
— TTR Weekly

Cobra Gold 2020: America’s Strategic Shift in Southeast Asia
The annual multilateral exercise Cobra Gold kicked off February 25 in the Kingdom of Thailand.
— The Diplomat

In the market to raise $4.2b, Southeast Asia’s VCs face the virus test
Fundraising efforts by Southeast Asia-based venture capital (VC) firms, which are in the market to raise an aggregate of $4.23 billion, are taking a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, multiple industry players told DealStreetAsia.
— Deal Street Asia

Women in management: Southeast Asia improves but Singapore slips
Working women in Singapore are finding it harder to break the glass ceiling compared with counterparts elsewhere in Southeast Asia, a report from business consultancy Grant Thornton suggests.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Fighting for women’s rights in ASEAN
Prominent women like Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, Co-Founder of ride-hailing transport services Grab – Tan Hooi Ling and even sports legend, Nicol David have made headlines in the region for their tremendous achievements.
— The Asean Post

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Covid-19: Siem Reap town schools ordered closed
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered all schools in Siem Reap town closed with immediate effect.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Minister of Tourism says virus will be as bad, if not worse, than SARs was for industry
Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, has drawn comparisons between the current COVID-19 outbreak to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs) pandemic that occurred in 2003 and devastated the tourism industry in Asia.
— Khmer Times

The First Case of COVID-19 Affecting a Cambodian is Confirmed
A 38-year-old Cambodian man in Siem Reap City tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) after having been in direct contact with an infected Japanese national, the Ministry of Health announced Saturday evening at a press conference.
— Cambodianess

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Indonesia Confirms Six Persons Now Positiive for Covid-19
The Indonesian government announced on Sunday that two more people have tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of patients to six.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves at US$130.4 billion in February
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves at the end of February 2020 were recorded at US$130.4 billion, or stayed high though lower than $131.7 billion in late January.
— Antara News

Coronavirus: Immigration Denies Entry of 118 Foreigners
The Immigration Directorate General has denied entry of 118 foreigners who previously stayed in China, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

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Laos remains free from Covid-19 with 53 suspected cases testing negative
Laos is still free from Covid-19, with 53 suspected cases testing negative, Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Muongpak has announced to foreign diplomats and members of the media.
— The Star

UXO Lao, JICA make plans to strengthen work of bomb clearance group
UXO Lao officials and representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met in Vientiane on Tuesday to review progress and make plans to strengthen the operational capacity of UXO Lao in contributing to poverty alleviation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

FEATURE: Former Miss World Laos’ career soaring after title reign
Miss World Laos 2017, Tonekham Phonchanheuang, has been working on several exciting projects in the entertainment field since her title reign, including establishing her very own Tonekham Modelling Agency.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia’s palace denies ‘royal coup’ in appointing new PM
Malaysia’s palace on Sunday (Mar 8) denied allegations of a royal coup in appointing the country’s prime minister after veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad resigned, saying the king used his discretionary powers prescribed in the constitution.

Sarawak government issues compensation to 191 landowners
The Sarawak government yesterday distributed 201 compensation cheques totalling RM10,552,295.70 to 191 landowners involved in the proposed second trunk road package C2 (upgrading of Jalan Tanjung Genting from Tulai junction to Lanang bridge, Sibu).
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise ship over COVID-19 fears
Malaysia and Thailand have barred a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people, including dozens of Italians, from docking due to fears about the new coronavirus, an official said Sunday (Mar 8).

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Myanmar earns $4.6 bln from total border trade
The value of border trade reached US$4.6 billion between 1 October and 28 February this fiscal year, recording an increase of $493 million compared with the same period last FY, according to figures released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s party picks preelection fight with Myanmar military
The party of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pushed ahead with proposed constitutional amendments that appear dead on arrival, signaling a willingness to confront the country’s powerful military ahead of this year’s general election.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

No country for young women? Myanmar’s battle against rape
Officially, rape hardly happens in Myanmar and domestic abuse is non-existent. The reality? Violence against women is so pervasive it is regarded as normal — and as a result — woefully underreported, says lawyer and activist Hla Hla Yee.
— Bangkok Post


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Duterte to declare state of public health emergency over coronavirus
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to declare a state of public health emergency after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the local transmission of COVID-19.
— Rappler

Gov’t exerts all efforts as Covid-19 cases rise to 10
The Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have intensified efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), as four new cases were confirmed Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10.
— Philippine News Agency

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island
Chinese vessels that appear to be fishing boats but are more likely to be militias have surrounded Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea for more than 450 days, as the Philippines quietly repairs and builds structures on its main outpost in the contentious waters.
— Rappler

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MOH investigating possibility of COVID-19 transmission within SGH ward
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is investigating the possibility that there was transmission of COVID-19 within a ward at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the health authority said on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, nine linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster
Singapore on Sunday (Mar 8) confirmed another 12 cases of COVID-19, including nine linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Number of abortions down by about half in nearly a decade
The number of abortions carried out here has fallen by about half in almost a decade, as couples are more savvy about birth control and there are fewer unplanned pregnancies, counsellors say.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Two more Thai coronavirus patients recover, are discharged
In a bit of good news, two more of Thailand’s COVID-19 coronavirus patients have made full recoveries and and returned home, bringing the number to 33.
— The Thaiger

80 Thai workers returning from South Korea escape airport, search underway
Thai media report that some 80 Thai nationals, out of a total of 200 who arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday on four flights after returning from working illegally in South Korea, have fled.
— The Thaiger

Mask shortage forces GPO to halt sales
The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) announced it will stop selling face masks to the public after it was ordered to divert its supply to shore up the heavy shortage at hospitals, according to GPO managing director Withoon Danwiboon.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam reports 8 new coronavirus cases in a day, now 29
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health just announced eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday afternoon (March 08, 2020).
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam scraps visa waiver for South Koreans, Italians of Vietnamese origin
Ethnic Vietnamese from South Korea and Italy will no longer be granted visa-free entry as part of Vietnam’s fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
— VnExpress

Vietnam: Firms create food products for export
The Vietnam Flour Corporation (Vikybomi) has created new food products made from wheat flour and farm produce such as dragon fruit and watermelon amid a reduction in fruit exports to China.
— The Japan News

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