Daily News on Southeast Asia – 1 Jun 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. Cambodian opposition rises from the ashes ahead of local elections
Prak Chan Thul
Star, 1 June 2022


2. 2023 infrastructure spending to reach up to Rp417.7 trillion: minister
Antara, 1 June 2022

3. Pakar Menjawab: Apakah Pancasila hanya pemikiran Soekarno semata? [Experts reply: Is Pancasila the thinking of Soekarno alone?]
Penulis: Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Editor, The Conversation Indonesia; Telah diwawancara: Asvi Warman Adam, Researcher, Centre for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI); Paisol Burlian, Guru Besar Ilmu Hukum, Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Fatah
Conversation, 31 May 2022

4. Listen to Papuans, residents say, as govt pushes for security buildup
Nur Janti
Jakarta Post, 31 May 2022

5. 【东谈西论】印尼极端分子威胁要炸新加坡 [Indonesian extremists threaten to bomb Singapore]
[28-minute podcast]

Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 31 May 2022

6. Mencari Ruh Pancasila dalam Berdemokrasi [Searching for the spirit of Pancasila in democracy]
Cecep Darmawan, Guru Besar Ilmu Politik Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Republika, 31 May 2022

7. Hilangnya Sawah Kami [The loss of our rice fields]
Yusuf Wibisono; Direktur Institute for Demographic and Poverty Studies (IDEAS)
Republika, 31 May 2022

8. Pilpres 2024, Berebut Nahdliyyin dan Peluang Jawa Barat [The 2024 presidential elections, the contest for Nahdliyyin and opportunities in West Java]
Mas Alamil Huda, Jurnalis Republika.co.id
Republika, 31 May 2022


9. Managing the Economy: Understanding inflation and supply chain challenges
Ong Kian Ming
Edge Markets, 1 June 2022

10. Wong Chen sees a stronger, more diverse PKR post-GE15
Soo Wern Jun
Malay Mail Online, 1 June 2022

11. Mukhriz says Pejuang won’t be entering GE15 solo, formal talks with other parties soon
Zarrah Morden
Malay Mail Online, 1 June 2022

12. GE15: Race-based policies might trump rice-bowl promises
Lee Hwok Aun, Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Malaysiakini, 1 June 2022

13. PKR polls – not all about Anwar
Bridget Welsh
Malaysiakini, 1 June 2022

14. Merawat kesenduan politik Malaysia [Curing the despondency in Malaysian politics]
Fakhrurrazi Rashid
Malaysian Insight, 1 June 2022

15. ‘Segment’ manifesto to appeal to all races, Najib tells BN
Malaysian Insight, 1 June 2022

16. NST Leader: National schools
New Straits Times, 1 June 2022

17. CNA Explains: What’s behind rising fish prices in Malaysia?
Amir Yusof and Vincent Tan
Channel News Asia, 31 May 2022

18. Dzulkefly ‘done’ with contesting in elections
Ravin Palanisamy
Malaysian Insight, 31 May 2022

19. Rafizi’s return may not help advance Anwar’s PM dream
Sinchew 星洲网, 31 May 2022


20. World mustn’t forget Rohingya refugees
Parvej Siddique Bhuiyan
Bangkok Post, 1 June 2022

21. Ethnic Armed Groups Eye Post-coup Myanmar
Robert Bociaga
Diplomat, 31 May 2022

22. China-backed Myanmar rebels call on junta to embrace peace talks
Agence France-Presse
South China Morning Post, 31 May 2022


23. BBM test: Debt and taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1 June 2022

24. Perspective
Manuel L. Quezon III
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1 June 2022

25. Bongbong Marcos names 5 more members of his Cabinet
Jeannette I. Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 31 May 2022


26. PM, opposition clash on budget
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 1 June 2022

27. Tourism hit by safety, security woes
Narumon Kasemsuk
Bangkok Post, 1 June 2022

28. A bellwether election in Bangkok
Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College in Washington and an adjunct at Georgetown University.
BenarNews, 31 May 2022

29. The Chatchart factor and the changing trends in Thai politics
Amorn Wanichwiwatana, D.Phil. (Oxon), is a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University
Nation, 28 May 2022


30. The US-Russia-Vietnam Triangle: Decoding Hanoi’s Strategic Balancing
Huynh Tam Sang
Diplomat, 1 June 2022

31. HCMC struggling to attract, retain talents
Thu Hang
VnExpress International, 31 May 2022

32. HCM City to host Vietnam Economic Forum for the first time
Voice of Vietnam, 31 May 2022

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

33. China’s Lancang reservoirs play key role in flood mitigation
Khmer Times, 1 June 2022

34. Keeping the Asean Chair steady
Khmer Times, 1 June 2022

35. The challenge for Asean: To be digital and sustainable
[Link to 36-page report: Charting ASEAN’s Digital Future: Emerging Policy Challenges]
Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and also Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. Jessica Wau is the SIIA’s Deputy Director for Asean Programs.
Straits Times, 1 June 2022

36. Analysts: US notches win in wooing ASEAN countries to join economic deal
Shailaja Neelakantan
BenarNews, 31 May 2022

37. Stronger ASEAN–US ties hinge on careful cooperation
Kavi Chongkittavorn, Chulalongkorn University
East Asia Forum, 31 May 2022

38. Indonesia cancels plan to send workers to Malaysia’s palm plantations
Rozanna Latiff
Reuters, 31 May 2022

Asia Pacific

39. Biden got his ASEAN promises right—now for the delivery
David Engel
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 1 June 2022

40. Water torture: Asia‑Pacific’s “WASH” crisis in need of solutions
JJ Rose
Interpreter, 1 June 2022

41. How Western sanctions, economic pressures are feeding BRICS members’ ambition to be an alternative to Western bloc
Akhil Ramesh
South China Morning Post, 1 June 2022

42. IPEF needs to be win-win, not US-centric
Vikram Khanna
Straits Times, 1 June 2022

43. Is the US really committed to its new Indo-Pacific economic initiative?
David Uren
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 31 May 2022

44. The Quad: All About China, or a Bit of Something Else?
Krzysztof Iwanek
Diplomat, 31 May 2022

45. Will Indo-Pacific Economic Framework bring benefits or chaos?
Qian Feng
Global Times, 31 May 2022

46. No China pact inked in Pacific talks
Agence France-Presse
Manila Times, 31 May 2022

47. Battle for ideas will shape new global order
Stephen Nagy, International Christian University
360info, 24 May 2022

East/South China Sea

48. Gov’t protests China’s fishing ban extending to PH waters
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1 June 2022


49. An inclusive future? Technology, new dynamics, and policy challenges [88-page pdf report]
David Autor, Kaushik Basu, Zia Qureshi, and Dani Rodrik
Business Times, 31 May 2022

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