Asean morning news for May 22

Asean morning news for May 22

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 21 — 5 mln infections, 2 mln recoveries, 392,000 dead, 118 days
As of 00:30 GMT May 21 there was 42,388 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 420, or 1.00 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN criticised for inaction in Rohingya crisis
International rights experts criticised the ASEAN for its failure to take action for resolving the crisis created by the forced displacement of the minority Rohingya people in Myanmar.
— NewAge Bangladesh

Covid-19 Global Immigration Detention Platform
As Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe, there are pressing concerns about the impact the pandemic is having on migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. These concerns have particular urgency in the context of border controls, detention measures, and deportation procedures.
— Global Detention Project

Maybank Kim Eng sees crude turnaround in ASEAN
In the wake of much publicised negative turn in oil prices, Maybank Kim Eng (MBKE) analysts predict a recovery in oil prices and oil-related stocks. Oil-producing nations have begun cutting production to adapt to severe oversupply while the lifting of lockdown measures will help increase demand going forward.
— The Edge Singapore

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Vietnam and Mekong peers pay economic price despite low virus tolls
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam have detected far fewer coronavirus cases than their more advanced Southeast Asian neighbors, but their economies are taking a beating all the same, potentially forcing a rethink of their development models down the road.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Leveraging ASEAN to respond to COVID-19
COVID-19 is testing international resolve to cooperate. Both China and the United States have so far failed to provide the necessary global leadership.
— East Asia Forum

Asean business councils call for special high-level commission to coordinate Covid-19 response and economic recovery
The Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean BAC), together with various business councils, is urging for the establishment of a high-level special commission to better coordinate the Covid-19 response and post-pandemic economic recovery across Southeast Asia.
— The Edge Markets

Video: Bangkok, Hanoi and Yangon are up after coronavirus shutdown
Thailand, Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia are lifting restrictions on activities imposed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, gradually bringing everyday life back to normal.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asean firms and the future of work
The world of work is changing faster than ever, and machine intelligence is at the centre of this change. Most recently, artificial intelligence (AI) has played a leading role in the fight against Covid-19. Scientists have used AI to help predict future outbreak zones, sift through research, and even run simulations on drugs to determine their efficacy.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Health Experts share government policies in tackling COVID-19 pandemic
The ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network for Public Health Emergencies (ASEAN EOC Network) hosted another video conference among ASEAN Member States (AMS) health officials focusing on major government policies for containment, mitigation, and recovery phases in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Reliefweb

AusCham ASEAN releases 2020 survey with special COVID-19 update
The Australian Business in ASEAN Survey 2020 has just been released, along with a dedicated COVID-19 Impact Update.
— Mirage News (media release)

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Applications are open for Asean Data Science Explorers programme
THE Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) is calling for tertiary students across Malaysia and other Asean countries to apply for the Asean Data Science Explorers (Aseandse) 2020.
— New Straits Times (media release)

Illegal wildlife trade encourages spread of zoonotic diseases in Southeast Asia
The Southeast Asian’s rich biodiversity and increasing demand from outside are making illegal wildlife trade a “lucrative” business, but is allowing the region to be more vulnerable to “zoonotic” diseases, an international biodiversity expert said.
— Manila Bulletin

Asean needs to come together on Covid-19 pandemic
THE novel coronavirus outbreak poses a significant threat to Southeast Asia and its regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
— The Manila Times

Covid cuts agri output in Southeast Asia
The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is expected to reduce the volume of agriculture output in Southeast Asia by 3.11 percent, according to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca).
— The Manila Times

Hunger looms in South East Asia as China grabs river, seas
Filipinos had better produce two million more tons of rice a year. Vietnam and Thailand, from which the Philippines gets cereals, will soon no longer be able to sell.
— The Philippine Star

Is ASEAN’s COVID-19 response leaving migrant workers behind?
Many ASEAN nations saw a sharp decline in the number of coronavirus fatalities after more than a month in lockdown.
— East Asia Forum

Going beyond business-as-usual: saving endangered species, adopting sustainable practices
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) joins the international community in observing the Endangered Species Day on May 15 and urges reflections on the actions to be taken to reverse biodiversity decline across the region and the rest of the world.
— Philippine Information Agency

COVID-19 Threatens Endangered Species in Southeast Asia
In a rare piece of COVID-19 good news, the Thai government recently announced that endangered leatherback turtles are returning to nesting beaches now devoid of tourists.
— Scientific American (blog)

Indonesia, Singapore lead Southeast Asia in raising venture capital
Indonesia and Singapore currently dominate venture capital (VC) fundraising in Southeast Asia despite a slower pace of capital raising in the first quarter this year, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
— The Edge Markets

Chips are down: Asia faces COVID-19 fries shortage as local spuds struggle to become staple of choice
The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has exposed supply chain vulnerabilities in Asia for the world’s biggest staple crops, rice and wheat, but the chances of the regional potato industry plugging some of the shortfall is being blighted by a number of hurdles.
— Foodnavigator-asia

How the military has gained ascendance in South and South East Asia
After de-colonization, many countries in South and South East Asia have been subjected to military rule.

SE Asia Stocks-Most rise tracking Wall St; Malaysia hits over 2-month high
Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday, tracking gains in Asia and Wall Street equities, as investors again bet on hopes of quicker economic recovery from the coronavirus-led lockdowns ahead of a key policy meeting in China.
— Reuters


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New Case Of COVID-19 Confirmed
The Ministry of Health has announced a new case of COVID-19 in Kompong Trach district, Kampot province.

Authorities arrest & charge another journalist & local radio station owner with incitement as media crackdown continues during COVID-19 crisis
The Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court has charged and sent radio owner Sok Oudom to pre-trial detention …, days after the Ministry of Information revoked the station’s media license for “exaggerated news reporting.”
— Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Cambodia lifts ban on entry of visitors from six countries
Cambodia has lifted a ban on entry of visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) quoted the Health Ministry on Wednesday.
— Selliyal

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Indonesia Reports 973 New Coronavirus Cases, Biggest Daily Jump
Indonesia reported on Thursday its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases, bringing the total confirmed number to 20,162 in the world’s fourth most populous country.
— The New York Times

Death toll from suspected cases keeps rising, reaching at least 3,833
The government should not rush into easing restrictions in the country’s COVID-19 red zones, as the number of deaths suspected to have been caused by the coronavirus has risen to more than 3,800, a civil society group says.
— The Jakarta Post

No law sees Indonesia’s extremist charities offering terrorists more
More than 1,100 suspected terrorists have been arrested in Indonesia since 2015, with more killed in counter-terrorism operations or during attacks.
— AEC News Today

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Laos resumes domestic transportation
Domestic travel is now permitted in Laos for all people throughout the country, but prevention measures and guidelines must be strictly followed, Director General of Department of Transport under Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport Bounta Onnavong told a press conference on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Over 1,200 infected with dengue
Since Dec 28, 2019 more than 1,200 people have been infected with dengue and two have died from the disease including one each in Vientiane Capital and Xayaboury.

Apparent surge in electricity bills sparks complaints
Many in society have expressed concerns about their increasing power bills even though measures were introduced from April to June to curb electricity tariffs during the country’s lockdown.
— Vientiane Times

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COVID-19: All arrivals in Malaysia must pay for mandatory hotel quarantine
Anyone travelling into Malaysia will have to pay for their compulsory COVID-19 hotel quarantine from Jun 1, said Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday (May 20).
— Channel NewsAsia

Axiata posts lower net profit of RM188.11m in Q1
Axiata Group Bhd has posted a lower net profit of RM188.11 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with RM725.17 million in the same period last year.
— The Sun Daily

AG’s Chambers “Flooded” With Further Plea Deal Requests….
Sarawak Report has learned from reliable sources connected to the Attorney General’s Chambers that the Riza Aziz plea deal represents just the ‘tip of an iceberg’ in terms of similar requests and bargain offers that are now piled up on the new incumbent’s desk.
— Sarawak Report

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Myanmar fuel consumption rises as business resumes
Following the easing of traffic restrictions in Myanmar, domestic oil consumption has risen from its trough in late April and prices are expected to remain on the upside .
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Finds 18 Imported COVID-19 Cases In a Week
Returning migrants from Malaysia and UAE have brought fresh coronavirus cases after a lull in new infections.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar to reopen schools in mid-July
The Myanmar government has been planning to reopen basic education schools in the middle of July, an official from the Education Ministry said on Thursday evening.
— Xinhua

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PAL ‘not in immediate danger of bankruptcy’ — company president
Philippine Airlines is not yet on the brink of financial collapse, the company said Thursday as the aviation industry reels from travel barriers meant to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
— Philippine Star

Conflicting gov’t claims on coronavirus state slammed
SENATORS on Thursday hit conflicting government information about the coronavirus situation in the country, which he said would erode state credibility to contain the pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Bayan Bayanihan brings food and hope to the poorest of the poor
When a Philippine Army soldier brought food packs to Rowena P. dela Cruz’s doorstep one Saturday afternoon in April, tears streamed down her face.
— AEC News Today

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Residents can collect improved reusable masks during three-week exercise, starting May 26
Singapore residents can collect improved reusable masks from next Tuesday (May 26), in a third mask distribution exercise that will span three weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases among citizens or PRs in more than 3 weeks
Four residents at Orange Valley nursing home, a family linked to a foreign worker dormitory cluster and three pre-school staff members are among the new Singaporean COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Going back to school not optional; safety measures will be in place
Attending school will not be optional, and students will have to return to school according to their assigned schedules from June 2.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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NSC to propose extending emergency decree until end of June
Thailand’s National Security Council is to recommend, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), an extension of the state of emergency until the end of June, as Thailand records three new coronavirus infections today.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Government insists Thai Chana Covid19 tracing platform doesn’t access users personal data
The government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) insists that the Thai Chana (Victory) platform does not access users’ personal data or compile or track their shopping habits.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Airways to lay off 30% of its staff
“THAI will stop repaying all debt and start from scratch.” The government announced today that Thai Airways will have to dismiss more than 6,000 employees after entering into receivership proceedings and a debt moratorium of 200 billion baht.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam’s Automobile Industry and Opportunities for EU Investors
Vietnam’s automobile industry has grown significantly in recent years. The average growth rate of domestically assembled vehicles was approximately 10 percent per year in the 2015-2018 period. With major manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan, and Kia in the Vietnamese market, the number of spare parts suppliers have also invested in the industry giving the sector a much-needed boost.
— Vietnam-Briefing

Made-in-Vietnam hand sanitiser shipped overseas
Some 4 million bottles of Made-in-Vietnam DrOH hand sanitiser have so far been exported to Europe, the US, and Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam government proposes postpone basis salary increase this year
If the basis salary increases in accordance with the roadmap, the Vietnamese government is expected to spend an additional VND60 trillion (US$2.58 billion) to pay wages.
— Vietnam Insider

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