Asean morning news for May 25

Asean morning news for May 25
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 24 — Indonesia leaps through 15,000 active cases
As of 00:33 GMT May 24 there was 43,414 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 567, or 1.32 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Asean mulls fund to help region recover
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is mulling the creation of a recovery fund to help the region respond and mitigate the new coronavirus pandemic.
— CDN/

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with Covid-19 as cover: Foreign Minister
China is not making use of Covid-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24).
— The Straits Times

ASEAN to focus on virus outbreak; set aside visa talks ‘for now’
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are not yet keen on bringing to the table any talks about visa exemptions and visa waivers.
— Asean Economist

Japan must cement ties with ASEAN in health care security
Despite some skepticism in the West that Tokyo has been successful in curbing the spread of coronavirus, Southeast Asian countries are still looking to Japan for direction and help as the pandemic provides an opportunity for Tokyo to form closer ties with the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Wang Yi: China ready to work with regional countries to fight pandemic
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that economic recovery is a problem for all countries in the world as each is trying to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Virus poses no barrier to RCEP negotiations
Travel restrictions due to Covid-19 prevention measures presented no hurdle for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which harnessed video conferencing to speed up trade negotiations.
— Bangkok Post

Digitally Advanced Southeast Asian Banks Expected to Accelerate Digital Transformation Strategies Due to COVID-19: Report
Southeast Asian banks will most likely accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and changing consumer behavior resulting from safe distancing measures and lockdowns.
— Ccrowdfund Insider

Singapore, Malaysia team up to bust transnational love scam syndicate that cheated victims of S$400,000
Singapore and Malaysian police have arrested four people and crippled a transnational love scam syndicate believed to be have cheated victims out of more than S$400,000.

Asean should strengthen regional production base
As the world continues to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis, countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) should work together to strengthen the region’s manufacturing base and make it less dependent on external markets, the top official of the local chapter of the Asean-India Business Council (AIBC) said.
— The Manila Times

Fast-Changing E-Commerce Trends In A Pandemic
Based on a 2019 study by Facebook and Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asia faces a cybercrime pandemic but new regulatory tech offers a way forward
While governments, businesses and ordinary citizens struggle to adapt to the “new normal” of COVID-19, one group seems to be prospering—cybercriminals.
— Asean Today

Each crisis makes China-ASEAN ties closer, cooperation deeper: FM
From the Asian financial crisis to the global financial crisis, each crisis has led to closer ties and deeper cooperation between China and ASEAN, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.
— Xinhuanet

Post-Pandemic: Bridging The Digital Gender Divide
ASEAN member states have a unique opportunity to meaningfully address the digital gender divide through their COVID-19 recovery plans.
— The Asean Post

Tripping with the modern sounds of our ASEAN Neighbors, Part 1
I visited digital platforms, I listened to contemporary music and I was conquered by new sounds, at least to my ears, coming from nearby ASEAN countries.
— Business Mirror

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Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy


Cambodia Reports One New Case of Covid-19 on a Woman from the US
Cambodia reported one new case of Covid-19 on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 23 May 2020 (updated as of 6:30 a.m).
— Fresh News

Minister Reaffirms Reopening of Schools in November if Situation Stable
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will consider reopening schools in November 2020 if COVID-19 situation in Cambodia is stable.

Tourism reports 50 percent increase in two weeks
More than 250,000 tourists have visited popular destinations across the country over the last two weeks, an increase of almost 50 percent compared the previous fortnight in late April, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia investigates leak of more than two million voters’ personal information
Indonesia is investigating how 2.3 million voters’ personal information was leaked online, the election commission said.
— The Guardian

Indonesia reports 526 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21 new deaths
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 526 within one day to 22,271, AchmadYurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Papuan dies after complaining about oil palm company
A West Papuan man has died shortly after allegedly being hit by a police officer while making a complaint against a palm oil company.

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Laos conducts 5,044 tests for COVID-19 since January
Laos has conducted 5,044 tests for COVID-19 since January, according to the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
— Xinhua

Laos virus taskforce urges handwashing to ward off new infections
The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has called on the public to maintain proper handwashing to avoid a relapse of the virus, even though Laos has reported no new cases for 41 consecutive days.
— The Star

Govt assesses Covid-19 impact, debates future response
The government acknowledges that progress under the national development plan has been difficult over the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, while Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is taking steps to prevent a possible second wave.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia reports 60 new COVID-19 cases
Malaysia reported 60 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total number of infections to 7,245, the health ministry said on Sunday (May 24).
— Channel NewsAsia \

Govt to boost digital connectivity to revive economy: Saifuddin
Digital connectivity is a vital aspect in the daily lives of the people, more so when the country is facing the threat of Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s Axiata in talks to buy smaller Indonesia telecom rival, says CEO
Malaysian telecommunications company Axiata Group Bhd is in talks to buy a smaller rival in Indonesia in a share-swap deal to cut costs and competition in its biggest market, as Covid-19 hammers businesses, its CEO told.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar central bank confirms digital currency ban amid rising demand
Myanmar’s financial services regulator is not fond of digital currencies, and it has made its stand crystal clear. The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) recently announced that it had outlawed the use of digital currencies in the country. However, digital currency users in the Southeast Asian country believe that this is just talk and that the law is on their side.
— Coingeek

Myanmar submits first report on Rohingya to UN’s top court
Document about steps Myanmar took for protecting Rohingya from genocide is with ICJ, official says as critics cry foul.
— Aljazeera

China donates equipment to Mandalay coronavirus lab
The Chinese government donated more than K375 million worth of laboratory equipment to the COVID-19 lab in Mandalay and sent a team of health professionals to provide training.
— Myanmar Times

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City’s poorest helping to feed Valenzuela City amidst coronavirus pandemic (video + gallery)
Ensuring that every person has sufficient to eat during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns has been a significant challenge for many governments, with not all managing to achieve that goal.
— AEC News Today (video)

Marawi, 3 years on: 120,000 still displaced, now vulnerable to COVID-19
Three years since gun-toting terrorists besieged the city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur, more than 120,000 residents are still displaced from their homes, leaving them vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

BSP seeks relief for banks hobbled by bad loans
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is pushing for the passage of a law that would help banks and other financial institutions survive the surge in bad debts amid the economic fallout brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philippine Star

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Singapore reports 642 new COVID-19 cases, taking total past 31,000
Singapore reported 642 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (May 23), taking the national total to 31,068.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Upcoming supplementary Budget to include support for social service sector
THE supplementary Budget on Tuesday will include support for the social service sector, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
— The Business Times

No new COVID-19 cluster reported in Singapore for the first time in more than 6 weeks
For the first time in more than six weeks, no new COVID-19 cluster was identified in Singapore on Sunday (May 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai Prime Minister demands investigation into alleged state quarantine kickbacks at hotels in Pattaya
The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered an investigation into alleged state quarantine kickbacks in order to take further tough action against the wrongdoers.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand tourism to contract by 1.69 trillion baht this year – Kasikorn Research
The Thai tourism sector is forecast to suffer a revenue reduction, estimated at 1.69 trillion baht this year, due to the COVID-10 pandemic and the weak purchasing power of tourists, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre.
— Thai PBS News

Mass prayers held to celebrate end of Ramadan
Muslims across the country attended mass prayers on Sunday to welcome Hariraya after the end of their fasting month.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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One more COVID-19 case confirmed, total rises to 325
A 34-year old woman returning from Russia was confirmed the latest COVID-19 case in Viet Nam, raising the country’s patient tally to 325, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-1 9 Prevention and Control.
— VGP Ministerial Activities

$49b loans of COVID-19 affected borrowers get preferential rates
Banks cut interest rates for loans worth more than VNĐ1.12 quadrillion (US$49 billion) of nearly 322,190 borrowers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as of May 11, a State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) report showed.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam internet speed slows further as undersea cable breaks down
Internet connection to Vietnam via Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable was cut off entirely after it encountered an as yet unidentified problem Saturday morning.
— VnExpress

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