Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Saturday (Feb 11, 2023)


* Budget 2023 among focus of second session of 15th Parliament

* Govt considering tightening laws to fight work scams, says PM

* Envoy: Be fair, prosecute unlawful migrant employers too

* Strong 8.7% GDP growth for 2022 shows restored confidence in national economy: Anwar

* Housewives are workers too, says Anwar

* Turkiye earthquake: Anwar conveys condolences to Erdogan

* Some hotels in Melaka faced with requests for refunds due to ‘ghostly encounters’

* Anwar: US govt took six months to confirm Nazri’s appointment as ambassador

* Students free to express views, criticise govt, says Anwar

* Malay domination in civil service not an issue, says Anwar

* Malaysian Govt targets half a million housewives to be covered under insurance scheme this year

* Pay your debts even if it is difficult, says Dr M

Marcel Schneider of German takes a shot from the slope during round three of the DP World Tour Singapore Classic golf tournament in Singapore on Saturday, February 11, 2023. – AFP


* Muslim pilgrims from Singapore to pay more for the haj in 2023

* Singapore MP backtracks on major job at Grab’s after public outcry and backlash

* Singapore becomes second country to support global agreement ending harmful fisheries subsidies

* South Korea’s Wang and Spanish golfer Del Ray fires ahead at Singapore Classic

* Dentist’s book wins top prize in Singapore

* A good week for traders as oil prices rise about 2% on Russian plan to cut output

* Corruption endangers world’s shrinking fisheries and Indonesia among worst hit; other Asean countries also face issues


* Prostitution ring led by Indonesian ‘Mummy’ busted in Klang Valley

* Magnitude 6.0 quake hits off Indonesia’s Talaud islands

* ‘Lato-lato’ craze continues to grip Indonesia amid crackdowns on toy

* Plastic in paradise: Bali is struggling with mountains of rubbish

* Indonesian domestic worker wins compensation for HK abuse

* Law to allow media firms to be paid for content soon in Indonesia

* CVC leads bidding for stake in Indonesia’s Samator Gas

It’s clear skies as an aerial view shows a cityscape in Bangkok, Thailand. – Reuters


* Thailand’s consumer confidence hits 26-month high

* Thai baht strength a risk to economy, says finance minister; 20 million foreign tourists expected in 2023

* Anwar’s visit to Thailand renews move to solving issues affecting restive southern province, Myanmar

* Thailand and Malaysia unite to restore peace in deep South

* Olympics row deepens as 35 countries demand ban for Russia and Belarus


* No more Covid-19 issues – International cruise ships return in Philippines after three years

* Soldier goes amok in army camp in southern Philippines and kills four sleeping men and critically injures another

* Philippines: Marcos agrees to boost defence ties with Japan

A man uses his smartphone by Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.- AFP


* Vietnam aims to have 30 airports by 2030

* Covid-19 recognised as occupational disease in Vietnam

* No Vietnamese casualties in Turkiye and Syria


* Myanmar receives 233,487 international tourists in 2022

* Eight killed, 13 injured in Myanmar highway crashes in January

* Malaysian PM Anwar says Asean should ‘carve’ Myanmar out for now

Black smoke billows from a burning warehouse in the financial district of Makati, suburban Manila on February 10, 2023. According to local media reports nobody was injured in the incident. – AFP


* Cambodian Tourism Ministry aims to improve tourist info centres, main task after Covid-19 pandemic

* China’s Xi announces US$44mil grant to Cambodia in support of its railway dreams

* Cambodian PM Hun Sen receives support pledges from China

* Angkor Wat protection plan gets villagers evicted


* Laos central bank seeks ways to tackle country’s financial problems and inflation issues

* This is a real mess: Laos to bury tangled overhead cables across the country


* Brunei and Vietnam step up collaboration in oil and gas exploitation and processing

* Brunei records 41.1-per cent trade growth in November last year

Siyang Zhang and Yongchao Yang of China competes during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2023 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. – AFP


* Quake survivors wait on for news of missing in Turkiye and Syria, but hopes fade; death toll almost 25,000

* Kitten ruse costs woman RM3.36mil in Hong Kong crypto scam

* Malaysia committed to Asean telco agenda, says Communications Minister

* Joy and sadness: Bornean conservation centre releases sun bear Sika into the wild

* Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival in Johor set to attract 350,000 visitors

* Let’s work to keep peace, China tells visiting Taiwan KMT official

* ‘What’s wrong with being hairy?’: Beauty salon ad in China comparing women with body hair to orangutans enrages mainland social media

* An almost perfect camouflage – Jungle settlement was safely hidden until the day their luck ran out

* ‘Someone to talk to’: Struggling elderly HK man shuns proper government flat for cramped ‘coffin home’ because it offers human company

* Victory by transgender people over Hong Kong ID documents sparks confusion over rules and timetable

* South Korean students’ exchange visit to US thwarted over dog meat issue

* MTR Corp’s Oyster Bay site in North Lantau gets three bids, with large developers in the frame

* John Lee jetting off to Middle East, Southeast Asia a stopgap measure, not a solution for Hong Kong’s economic woes, experts say

* ChatGPT drives crazy Chinese tech stock runs in Hong Kong, Shanghai as investors chase Zhihu, Baidu and Cloudwalk

* Turkish woman dies day after her rescue following 104 hours under quake rubble

* Woman scientist uses bodily fluids to detect cancer biomarkers, wins prestigious award

* HK private hospital to make deal with govt to serve public patients in return for HK$4 billion loan repayment postponement

* Figure skating-South Korea’s Lee wins gold at Four Continents

* Battle of the giants: India 400 all out, takes big lead of 223 runs in first Australia Test in Nagpur

* Fit again and impressive Ravindra Jadeja leads the way as spinners shine as India crush Australia by an innings

* Moscow says calls to ban Russian athletes from Olympics ‘unacceptable’

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