Asean morning news for May 29

Asean morning news for May 29

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 28 — regional deaths top 2,500, recoveries 36,500
As of 00:27 GMT May 28 there was 44,154 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 389, or 0.89 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Rohingyas stranded at sea: IOM calls for rescue, safe disembarkation
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said they are “increasingly concerned” about the plight of hundreds of Rohingyas believed to be stranded at sea, noting that cyclone Amphan signalled a ferocious start to the cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

Int. Passenger Numbers of Asia Pacific Airlines Down 98.8% in April 2020
Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for April 2020 show just how much damage the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic has caused to international air passenger markets.
— Travel News Asia

Coronavirus: Singapore-style stimulus not for Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, say economists
One size does not fit all. Economists say Southeast Asian governments should heed this axiom in fiscal policy as they decide whether to follow regional economic powerhouse Singapore in adding to their already massive rounds of stimulus this year.
— South China Morning Post

Post-Covid activity recovering in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia
ECONOMIC activity has begun to recover in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand as Covid-19 lockdowns are lifted, said Maybank Kim Eng economists in a May 27 report.
— The Business Times

ASEAN is now a bigger trading partner for China than the US
China’s trade focus is pivoting. Due to its trade war with the US and the fast growing economies of its southern neighbours, China now trades more with Southeast Asia than with the US
— Quartz

African swine fever costs Asia between 55 bln and 130 bln U.S. dollars: ADB experts
African swine fever (ASF) has cost Asia between 55 billion U.S. dollars and 130 billion U.S. dollars, including as much as 77 billion U.S. dollars in lost revenue, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) experts.
— Xinhuanet

From drink bottles to tobacco sachets, UN study traces plastic pollution hot spots in the Mekong and Ganges
Municipal trash dumped at an open landfill in Thailand risks filling a nearby tributary of the Mekong river with plastic waste whenever it is rainy or windy.
— The Straits Times

First cargo train leaves Yangtze River Delta for ASEAN countries
A freight train carrying industrial materials, textile machinery, photovoltaic and electronic products departed for Hanoi, Vietnam, from East China’s Jiangsu Province on Tuesday.
— Khmer Times

Asean military meet focuses on virus cooperation
The Asean Centre of Military Medicine (ACMM) discussed cooperation in the eradication of Covid-19 in the region and the prevention of a second wave of the outbreak in a video conference on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Rated project, infrastructure firms in Asia well-placed to manage refinancing: Moody’s
COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Moody’s rated Asian project and infrastructure companies are well-positioned to manage their refinancing needs through 2022, said Moody’s Investors Service in a May 28 report.
— The Business Times

ASEAN states with tough COVID-19 measures will benefit but must stay vigilant of overreach
With some observers, especially in the West, lamenting the prospects of increased authoritarianism in the wake of the virus, a hard truth may be emerging that governments that are able to organize fast responses and easily enact emergency measures are likely better suited to combat viral outbreaks.
— Asean Today

Vietnam Can Lead ASEAN through the Smart Cities Network Vision
When Vietnam takes over the ASEAN chairmanship in 2020, the country outlined five priorities to be executed throughout the year.
— Modern Diplomacy

How e27 Pro helps startups remain in view of APAC key investors
Given today’s unique challenges, startups need to be seen in order to attract investors.
— E27

Vietnam third best on child rights in Southeast Asia: survey
A global ranking on child rights placed Vietnam at 57th out of 182 economies, third best in Southeast Asia following Thailand and Malaysia.
— VnExpress International

ASEAN carmakers face bleak 2020 as coronavirus pandemic cripples demand
Southeast Asian carmakers have cut their projections for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic stifled demand for automotive steel and parts, causing sales and production to tumble across the region, an analysis by S&P Global Platts showed this week.
— S&P Global

Southeast Asia’s Fintech Startups Face Shakeout From Coronavirus
The coronavirus is unlikely to halt the rapid advance of fintech firms in the emerging landscapes of Southeast Asia.
— Forbes

SE Asia Stocks-Most rise on hopes of economic recovery; Sino-U.S. tensions cap gains
Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday as signs of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic offset concerns across the region about a rise in Sino-U.S. tensions over Hong Kong and trade.
— Reuters


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National Bank of Cambodia: $1, $2, and $5 Notes to Circulate as Normal
National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), on Thursday afternoon, issued a press release stating that the USD 1, USD 2, and USD 5 notes are still circulating in Cambodian market.
— Fresh News

Three investment projects worth $246 million approved, to create 1,500 jobs
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has given the green light to three new investment projects with a total investment capital of $246.1 million.
— Khmer Times

Nearly 400,000 Local Tourists Recorded in First Three Weeks of May
During the first three weeks of this month, from May 4 to 24, around 398,099 tourists visited various tourist destinations across the country, according to Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon.

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Hackers breach data of Education and Culture Ministry’s 1.3 million civil servants
The data of up to 1.3 million civil servants at the Education and Culture Ministry have been reportedly breached by unknown hackers.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Virus Deaths Near 1,500 Amid Plans to Exit Lockdown
The death toll from coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia neared 1,500, the highest in Southeast Asia, as officials weighed plans to relax social distancing measures and reopen the economy.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 23 deaths, 687 new cases
Indonesia has confirmed 23 new deaths and 687 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 24,538.
— The Australian

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Japan firm says its deep UV light deactivates coronavirus 99.9%
The University of Miyazaki and a Japanese firm said Wednesday their joint experiment has shown that a deep ultraviolet LED developed by the firm is effective in weakening the novel coronavirus, reducing its infection capacity by more than 99.9 percent.

Banana Farms in Laos Sicken Villagers, Even as They Provide Steady Work
China-invested banana plantations in Laos are sickening Lao villagers exposed to agricultural chemicals, but also provide an income for the communities in which the farms are placed, according to sources in the one-party communist state.

State schools struggling to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures
Many schools are unable to comply with measures to avert further outbreaks of the coronavirus due to a lack of necessary preventive equipment, according to an education official.
— Vientiane Times

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Cabinet gives green light for 174 non-Muslim places of worship to reopen in Covid-19 green zones from June 10
The Cabinet has given the green light for 174 non-Muslim places of worship to reopen under strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) from June 10.
— The Star Online

Dr M, 4 others fired from Bersatu
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four other Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia co-founders and parliamentarians have been sacked from the party, according to letters made available to the New Straits Times.
— New Straits Times

MTUC berates Putrajaya for delaying enforcement of amended law for improved worker housing
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has vehemently objected to the government’s move to give employers three more months to comply with new laws requiring them to improve housing for their workers.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar Parliament Slashes Military’s Budget Request for First Time
US$7.5 million removed from military’s extra budget request, marking the first time the armed forces’ full spending request has been denied by the NLD government.
— Irrawaddy

300,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand jobless due to COVID-19 pandemic
More than 300,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand are facing unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic, said Htoo Chit, Executive Director of the Foundation for Education and Development based in Thailand during a webinar held at Yangon Journalism School about the challenges faced by migrant workers in Thailand in the time of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Myanmar’s Opposition, Military Lawmakers Seek House Speaker’s Impeachment
The MPs have called for the Parliament Speaker to be removed over his handling of the charter change debate and for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties.
— Irrawaddy

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Highest increase so far: PH reports 539 new coronavirus cases
The Philippines reported 539 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, May 28, the highest number of new cases reported in a day during the pandemic.
— Rappler

Duterte places Metro Manila under GCQ effective June 1
PRESIDENT Duterte on Thursday night placed Metro Manila under a general community quarantine (GCQ) effective June 1, easing restrictions in a region that accounts for a hefty share of the national income, now slashed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

House panel OKs P1.5-trillion infra spending bill to curb unemployment
The House Defeat COVID-19 committee passed a measure that would allot P1.5 trillion to fund infrastructure projects in rural areas to help combat unemployment caused by the pandemic.
— Rappler

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Phase two post-circuit breaker could happen before end of June
PHASE two of Singapore’s three-phased approach to resume activities safely, post-circuit breaker, could happen before the end of June, said the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on the novel coronavirus on Thursday.
— The Business Times

COVID-19 patients who still test positive but clinically well by day 21 of illness can be discharged
COVID-19 patients in Singapore who are assessed to be clinically well by day 21 of the onset of illness can be discharged without further tests, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced on Thursday (May 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No Singaporeans or permanent residents among the 373 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore
Singapore reported 373 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (May 28), and none of them are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai PM assures MPs of clear guidelines on how to spend one trillion baht loan
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) assured members of parliament that the Government has put in place clear guidelines, in accordance with budgeting law, on how to make use of a one trillion baht loan to help all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly small and size medium enterprises.
— Thai PBS News

Friday’s CCSA panel to consider easing lockdown restrictions
The curfew will definitely be shortened, restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be further eased and road checkpoints will be cut when the CCSA committee, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meets on Friday to discuss the third phase of lockdown relaxations, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin today.
— Thai PBS News

Thai AirAsia considers merger
With its “fortune hanging in the balance”, the chief of Thai AirAsia (TAA) says it may merge with another low-cost carrier (LCC) to clamp down on pricing wars once flights eventually resume in the country.
— Bangkok Post

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Steering Committee: VN still closes borders to foreign tourists due to COVID-19
The National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control agreed Thursday that Viet Nam should continue closing borders to foreign tourists at this time, as external COVID-19 transmission risks still remain.

Titanium exporters in Vietnam stuck with huge inventories
The central province of Binh Dinh has asked the Prime Minister to allow local businesses to continue exporting titanium inventory of about 455,000 tonnes.
— The Star Online

Vietnam’s COVID-19 political gains
Vietnam is handling the outbreak of COVID-19 relatively well. Vietnam has confirmed a total of 327 cases with 278 recovered and no deaths, which is fairly low given its proximity to China.
— East Asia Forum

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