Daily News on Southeast Asia – 27 May 2022

Every weekday, ISEAS Library collates articles relevant to Southeast Asia and special topics in line with the research interests of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. To view articles behind paywalls, please visit the Library during its operating hours.

Today’s issue includes the following commentaries and citations attributed to ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and its researchers. You can click on the links to go to the articles directly.

Brunei | Cambodia | Indonesia | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | Timor-Leste | Vietnam | ASEAN / Southeast Asia | Asia PacificEast / South China Sea | Climate Change/Environment | Others


1. Cambodia’s surprisingly hardline stance on the Ukraine war
Ian Storey
Think China, 26 May 2022


2. A tale of two political clans: The Marcos and Soehartos
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2022

3. Indonesia hedges against US’ economic push
Yvette Tanamal
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2022

4. Koalisi Parpol, Dilema Demokrasi [Political party coalition, a dilemma for democracy]
Tamsil Linrung, Penulis adalah Ketua Kelompok/Ketua Fraksi DPD di MPR RI
Republika, 27 May 2022

5. The metaverse and Indonesia’s public sector
Policy Forum, 26 May 2022


6. Laos looks to unlock potential of regional connectivity
Star, 27 May 2022


7. “大马一家”只是口号 [“Keluarga Malaysia” is just a slogan]
Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 27 May 2022

8. Harapan urges PM to convene Parliament soon to debate anti-hopping law
Malaysiakini, 27 May 2022

9. Wan Junaidi: Anti-hopping law can’t stop another ‘Sheraton Move’
Malaysiakini, 27 May 2022

10. Zuraida’s defection has no effect on government, say analysts
Raevathi Supramaniam
Malaysian Insight, 27 May 2022

11. Malaysian chicken industry players say export ban will hurt business; urge government to review price ceiling
Rashvinjeet S Bedi and Vincent Tan
Channel News Asia, 26 May 2022

12. Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy
Fikry A. Rahman is the Head of Foreign Affairs at Bait Al Amanah, an independent and neutral research institute based in Malaysia that conducts studies and research into governance, democracy, economics, security, and other issues of national importance.
Diplomat, 26 May 2022

13. Sarawak pulls in RM23.2bil in investments despite Covid – 19
Free Malaysia Today, 26 May 2022

14. What TVET needs is good dose of talent show
Sofea Azahar
Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, 26 May 2022

15. After Zuraida leaves Bersatu, Cabinet reshuffle impending with Hamzah as DPM?
Radzi Razak
Malay Mail Online, 26 May 2022

16. 菜单政治——民主倒退 [Menu politics – regression of democracy]
Malaysian Insight, 26 May 2022


17. Will Myanmar’s fate rely on Asean?
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2022

18. Myanmar junta says Russia to step up as major energy supplier after more international oil, gas firms quit
Min Ye Kyaw
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2022

19. Peace negotiation team signs agreement with NMSP after 3 days of talks
Eleven Myanmar, 26 May 2022

20. Is the NUG ready for the world stage?
Frontier Myanmar, 26 May 2022

21. NUG Plans More Weapons and Funds for Revolution Against Myanmar Junta
Irrawaddy, 26 May 2022


22. Baptism of fire for new President Marcos
Tom Smith
Asia Times, 26 May 2022

23. Marcos eyes gas as ‘transition’ fuel in shift to clean energy
Gaea Katreena Cabico
Philstar Global, 26 May 2022

24. Philippines’ Marcos vows to thwart interference from outside powers
Neil Jerome Morales
Reuters, 26 May 2022


25. Chadchart’s effect on Thai politics
Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2022

26. Thamanat gathers his forces
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2022

27. Unease as PDPA comes into force
Tharittawat Samejaidee
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2022

28. An election in Bangkok heralds an optimistic new kind of politics
Economist, 26 May 2022

29. Migrants face arrest and exploitation in Thailand’s shadow economy
Frontier Myanmar, 26 May 2022


30. Vietnam remains attractive to int’l investors: HSBC
Voice of Vietnam, 27 May 2022

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

31. ASEAN must move more boldly on economic integration
Kevin Chen and Quah Say Jye are researchers at the Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, at the National University of Singapore.
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2022

32. JUMPP-starting a Soft Power Federation: Multilateral Projects in Southeast Asia
Hazen Williams
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States), 26 May 2022

33. U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit Roundup with Bich Tran
Greg and Elina talk with Bich Tran, adjunct fellow with the CSIS Southeast Asia Program and fellow with Verve Research, about last week’s U.S.-ASEAN special summit. Simon is joined by Meghan Sullivan, an intern for the Southeast Asia Program at CSIS to cover the summit, the surprising landslide victory in Bangkok’s gubernatorial election and what that means for Thai national politics, and Indonesia’s see-sawing palm oil export policy.
[30-minute Podcast]
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States), 26 May 2022

34. Thai Mekong Campaigner Awarded Prominent Environmental Prize
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 26 May 2022

35. South Korea’s game changer: New Southern Policy
Kavi Chongkittavorn
Korea Times, 26 May 2022

36. Mobile wallets: Southeast Asia’s new digital life hack
McKinsey & Co., 25 May 2022

37. Ukraine War and Food Security: How Should ASEAN Respond?
Jose Ma. Luis P. Montesclaros, Mely Caballero-Anthony
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 25 May 2022

38. Kishida’s charm diplomacy in Southeast Asia: Moral suasion does the trick
William Choong and Lim Tai Wei
Think China, 25 May 2022

Asia Pacific

39. Indo – Pacific Economic Framework not a blessing for Asia
Xin Ping
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2022

40. Why Joe Biden’s Indo – Pacific economic plan won’t stop China’s rise
Liu Zongyi
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2022

41. Oil price spikes will hit Asia the hardest
Phyllis Papadavid is director of research at Asia House, an independent London-based think-tank, and associate faculty at Columbia University.
Straits Times, 27 May 2022

42. BIMSTEC searches for a bigger role in the Indo-Pacific
Nazia Hussain, Nanyang Technological University
East Asia Forum, 26 May 2022

43. Europe’s Indo – Pacific pivot
David Camroux, Sciences Po
East Asia Forum, 26 May 2022

44. “Black ships”, the Quad and space
Interpreter, 26 May 2022

45. Top US diplomat lays out ‘invest, align, compete’ strategy to meet China challenge
Radio Free Asia, 26 May 2022

46. Japan, Vietnam vow to confront security threats in Indo-Pacific after China maritime assertiveness
South China Morning Post, 26 May 2022

47. Can high inflation in the US bring an end to the China – US trade war?
Edwin Ong
Think China, 26 May 2022

East/South China Sea

48. Malaysia – China Defence Ties: Managing Feud in the South China Sea
Ngeow Chow Bing
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 26 May 2022

Climate Change/Environment

49. Opinion: Indonesia must push for renewables pivot from coal backers Japan and China
Guanie Lim
China Dialogue, 26 May 2022

Media, Technology and Society

50. Chinese and Russian propaganda work in tandem to blame the West for war in Ukraine
[Link to “China’s messaging on the Ukraine conflict“]
Ingram Niblock, Samantha Hoffman and Jake Wallis
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 26 May 2022

Image credit: “Busy Night in Hanoi“, by Florian Wehde on Unsplash.

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