Asean News Headlines at 10 p.m. Monday (December 20)


Malaysia:

Covid-19: 2,589 new cases bring the total to 2,721,544

Covid-19 Watch: 97.5% of Malaysia’s adult population fully vaccinated

King: Carry out Covid-19 tests in emergency centers, prevent the emergence of new clusters

Kuala Lumpur jumps to 15th place in the Top 20 Asian fintech hubs

EAC recommends eight reset programs to boost economy after Covid

Stormy moments in Parliament as MPs call for answers on flooding

Azman Mokhtar appointed president of Tabung Haji

Khairy: Once again, government postpones second and third readings of amendments to Law 342

Foreign capital outflows to Bursa continue to amount to RM 348.36 million

Floods: more than 61,000 evacuated in Selangor, Pahang

Floods: Five states see increase in evacuees, 73 roads in Selangor closed

Bursa Malaysia will be the sole approval authority for ACE IPOs on the market

Singaporean Loh Kean Yew reacts after beating Indian Kidambi Srikanth in their men’s badminton final match at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Sunday, December 19, 2021. – AP

Singapore:

No increase in frequency of side effects after Covid-19 vaccine booster shots:, according to Singapore

Singaporean nickel trader faces more charges in alleged US $ 1.1 billion scam

Singapore’s first badminton world champion Loh Kean Yew hails ‘dream come true’

Floods: Singapore Red Cross pledges total of US $ 100,000 for disaster victims in Malaysia and the Philippines

Singapore: Over 13,000 Core Merchants Adopt Electronic Payment Methods Amid Digitization Push

Asian stocks fall amid concerns over virus and Fed policy tightening

Oil prices fall as Omicron’s rapid spread darkens fuel demand outlook

It’s the season to be greener

Funeral wreaths with LED lighting are gaining popularity

Buyers, guests in force

Singapore: “Borders fuel porn addiction”

Indonesia:

Indonesia reports 133 new Covid-19 infections and seven more deaths on Monday (December 20)

Indonesia: Omicron discovery could delay economic recovery

Indonesia – ‘Lost Generation’ Looms as NGO Tests Show Some Bali Students Fail

Indonesia urges Taliban to keep promise to people

Indonesia fought back to reach the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals; hosts the last four clashes with host Singapore

Third Omicron case calls for vigilance in Indonesia

Papuan rebel leads unarmed war from land without food

Stay away from the volcano, people have warned

People are pictured with men dressed as Santa Claus and elf at the Jakarta Aquarium ahead of Christmas festivities in Jakarta on Monday, December 20, 2021. - AFPPeople are pictured with men dressed as Santa Claus and elf at the Jakarta Aquarium ahead of Christmas festivities in Jakarta on Monday, December 20, 2021. – AFP

Thailand:

100 million Covid-19 vaccines given in Thailand as cases continue to decline on Monday (December 20)

Thais resell private Covid-19 vaccination slots as free government supplies build

Thailand reports first local case of Omicron, plans to reinstate quarantine

Emerging markets – Thai baht drops to nearly two-week low as Asian currencies suffer from Omicron worries that worry investors

Sungai Kolok river breaks its banks, swamp district

Thai health minister plans to cancel Test & Go program for tourists

Thailand reports 2,525 Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths on Monday (December 20)

The electric car dreams of becoming a reality soon

Philippines:

Philippines reports 263 new cases of Covid-19 and 45 deaths on Monday (December 20)

Hundreds dead and devastation everywhere as Philippines assesses typhoon damage

Philippine military ordered to provide typhoon aid as toll exceeds 200

‘I’m fine’: Philippine typhoon survivors write letters to loved ones

Philippines typhoon toll hits 208 dead

Seeking comfort after a storm

Agency rejects offer to disqualify Marcos Jr

Typhoons are gaining strength

Motorists drive past fallen coconut palms at the height of Super Typhoon Rai along a highway in the town of Del Carmen on Siargao Island on Monday, December 20, 2021, days after Super Typhoon Rai struck Province.  - AFPMotorists drive past fallen coconut palms at the height of Super Typhoon Rai along a highway in the town of Del Carmen on Siargao Island on Monday, December 20, 2021, days after Super Typhoon Rai struck Province. – AFP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 14,977 new cases of Covid-19 and infections now stand at 1,555,455 in total on Monday (December 20)

Eligible booster injections after three months from the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health

One dead as Typhoon Rai hits coastal provinces, settles in Vietnam after leaving Philippines

Vietnam: people buy Christmas gifts to help forget about the pandemic

Vietnamese government strives to stop coal-fired power development after 2030

Vietnamese scientist focuses on solar cell development

Burma:

Burmese junta court postpones Suu Kyi verdict

UN envoy “deeply concerned” by closure of Rohingya schools in Myanmar

Myanmar reports 152 new Covid-19 infections, seven more deaths

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Awaits Walkie-Talkie Verdict

Bodies of Burmese men fearful of drowning on Teluk Kemang beach have been found

Women walk past a store selling Christmas decorations in downtown Hanoi on Monday, December 20, 2021. - AFPWomen walk past a store selling Christmas decorations in downtown Hanoi on Monday, December 20, 2021. – AFP

Cambodia

Cambodia reports zero Covid-19 deaths for first time since February, says Prime Minister Hun Sen

Cambodia: Preah Sihanouk police target illegal weapons

Hun Sen risks undermining ASEAN progress with Myanmar: Jakarta Post contributor

Two American and French returnees tested positive for Omicron

Laos:

Public and private sectors must work together to overcome challenges, says Prime Minister of Laos

President of Laos orders provinces to tackle economic hardship and drug trafficking in the country

Laos: South Korean company to study modernization of Luang Prabang airport

Brunei:

Brunei registers 10 new cases of Covid-19 as total exceeds 15,400 on Monday (December 20)

Blaze Tripe Jerudong Park Food Court

Brunei withdraws from the organization of the SEA Games 2027

Despite the cold, protesters hold up flashlights as a symbol of the start of a new and hopeful era in which human rights prevail at a nighttime rally in Taipei on Sunday, December 19, 2021. - APDespite the cold, protesters hold up flashlights as a symbol of the start of a new and hopeful era in which human rights prevail at a nighttime rally in Taipei on Sunday, December 19, 2021. – AP

AseanPlus:

China says Taiwan is a ‘wanderer’ who will eventually return home

Chinese tennis star Peng denies being charged with sexual assault

Differentiated Policies for Vacation Travel Required: China Daily Editorial

Asian markets tumble on Omicron spike, Biden spending bill explodes

Hong Kong polls hit 30%, non-establishment failed to secure seats

Preparations underway for the moon landing

Put aside the pride and prejudice against China

Corporate restrictions hurt U.S. interests

US soldiers fuel Omicron fear in Japan amid Covid outbreak

South Korean Moon calls for more beds for critically ill coronavirus patients

China’s real estate distress deteriorates steel sector, warning sign for economy

Japanese space tourists return to Earth after 12 days on the ISS

China cuts interest rates for the first time in 20 months

WhatsApp can allow group admins to delete any message

Japan clinic fire fatal suspect bought gasoline in November – police

Japan promulgates record supplementary budget to boost virus-hit economy