Daily News on Southeast Asia – 3 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. Why Cambodia’s next elections may be anything but democratic
Sreang Chheat
East Asia Forum, 3 June 2022

2. RCEP, CCFTA brings boons to China trade
May Kunmakara
Phnom Penh Post, 2 June 2022


3. EU Seeks to Boost Agri-Food Exports to Indonesia
Jayanty Nada Shofa
Jakarta Globe, 3 June 2022

4. Coalition courtship picks up ahead of 2024 election
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 3 June 2022

5. Greenpeace Urges Govt to Audit Palm Oil Companies
Tempo, 3 June 2022

6. Regional budgets must factor in 40% domestic product spending
Antara, 2 June 2022

7. Indonesia’s May Inflation Accelerates to The Highest Level Since 2017
Jakarta Globe, 2 June 2022

8. DEFEND ID spells new hope for Indonesia’s military modernization plans
Anastasia Febiola S. and Alban Sciascia
Jakarta Post, 2 June 2022

9. PKS hints at joining Golkar-PAN-PPP alliance
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 2 June 2022

10. Sustainable palm oil: Market leakage remains a challenge
Divya Karyza
Jakarta Post, 1 June 2022

11. To ban or not to ban? How Indonesia can overcome the global food crisis
Maria Monica Wihardja, Visiting Fellow, Indonesia Studies Programme and the Regional Economic Studies Programme – ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, and Arianto Patunru, Fellow, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics – the Australian National University
Asialink, 31 May 2022

12. Developing Inclusive Labor Market Information to Optimize the Implementation of The Unemployment Benefit
SMERU Research Institute, May 2022


13. Annuar Musa: MoU between govt, Pakatan has no expiry date
Malay Mail Online, 3 June 2022

14. Sources: Umno lighting fire under Ismail Sabri’s feet to call GE15 now after Cabinet reshuffle shelved
Radzi Razak
Malay Mail Online, 3 June 2022

15. BN should advocate reforms, reject political patronage – analysts
Kow Gah Chie
Malaysiakini, 3 June 2022

16. BN can be defeated in one-on-one fights, says Dzulkefly
Ravin Palanisamy
Malaysian Insight, 3 June 2022

17. Cabinet agrees to Parliamentary reform in principle
New Straits Times, 3 June 2022

18. 国阵还相关吗?[Is BN still relevant?]
Sinchew 星洲网, 3 June 2022

19. Malaysia’s PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob faces mounting pressure to call for snap polls, but will he cave?
Joseph Sipalan and Hadi Azmi
South China Morning Post, 3 June 2022

20. Malaysia to enhance exports through national trade blueprint
Star, 3 June 2022

21. Malaysians hope new GST will be lower than 6%
Fatimah Zainal
Star, 3 June 2022

22. Malaysia’s unemployment levels rose by 83% in 2020, Asean stats show
Free Malaysia Today, 2 June 2022

23. 马国土团党权斗不逊巫统 [Bersatu’s power struggle is comparable to that of Umno]
胡逸山是新加坡国际事务学会(研究所)高级研究员 马来西亚太平洋研究中心首席顾问
Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 2 June 2022

24. 公正党党选后——是分裂或团结 [After the PKR election – is it split or united]
Malaysian Insight, 2 June 2022

25. 社论.国阵需重拾中庸、开放和包容理念 [Editorial. BN needs to regain moderation, openness and inclusiveness]
Sinchew 星洲网, 2 June 2022

26. Malaysian economy in the right direction, seriously!
Dr Rais Hussin is President and CEO at EMIR Research
Sinchew 星洲网, 1 June 2022


27. Junta Urges Myanmar’s Most Powerful Ethnic Army not to Supply Arms to Resistance
Irrawaddy, 2 June 2022

28. NUG Declares Myanmar Junta Peace Talks With Ethnic Armies Illegal
Irrawaddy, 2 June 2022


29. The Distributional Impacts of Fiscal Policy: The Case of the Philippines
Asian Development Bank, 3 June 2022

30. Impact of COVID-19 Community Quarantines on Urban Mobility in the Philippines
Asian Development Bank, 2 June 2022

31. ‘The Philippines supports AUKUS’. Not so fast
Makoi Popioco, Canberra
East Asia Forum, 2 June 2022

32. Diplomacy in the time of cyber conflict
Francis Domingo
East Asia Forum, 2 June 2022

33. Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war pushed poor families deeper into penury
Economist, 2 June 2022

34. ADRi vTHD: The Future of Philippine Foreign Policy
[Includes links to presentations and report]
Stratbase ADR Institute, 31 May 2022


35. Thailand and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional – Transforming Governmental Frameworks for Long-term Peace
Tanvi Kothari
Asia Research Institute, 3 June 2022

36. Bangkok Governor-elect to Walk Political Tightrope – Junta deemed likely to seek to attempt to disqualify him
John Berthelsen
Asia Sentinel, 3 June 2022

37. Doubts linger over job situation
Lamonphet Apisitniran, Chatrudee Theparat, Wichit Chantanusornsiri and Dusida Worrachaddejchai
Bangkok Post, 3 June 2022

38. Election-related agencies need overhaul
Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Bangkok Post, 3 June 2022

39. Parliament passes B3tn budget bill at first reading
Bangkok Post, 3 June 2022

40. Weaponising Thainess with numbers
Bangkok Post, 3 June 2022

41. 泰国会激辩政府1272亿元预算案 若不通过巴育面对下台危机 [Thailand to debate the government’s S$127.2 billion budget, if not passed, Prayut may have to step down]
Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 3 June 2022

42. Most Thai businesses not ready for metaverse: survey
Nation, 2 June 2022

43. Thai Politics in Tumult: Will PM Chan-o-Cha Survive?
Antonio L Rappa
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 2 June 2022


44. US seeks to deepen relations with Vietnam: American ambassador
VietNamNet, 2 June 2022

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

45. Thais most enthusiastic about digital payments in Asean: Visa study
Nation, 2 June 2022

46. 缅甸军政的既成事实化和马来西亚规避危机的一招 [The Myanmar junta’s fait accompli and Malaysia’s crisis avoidance]
Sinchew 星洲网, 2 June 2022

47. China’s Belt and Road plans for Southeast Asia face uncertain ‘long-term prospects’ as social, environment concerns persist: study
[Link to 2022/57 “Assessing the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021-2022)”]
South China Morning Post, 2 June 2022

48. Sincerity of US vision for Asean put to test
Yvette Tanamal
Star, 2 June 2022

Asia Pacific

49. Commentary: Biden wants Asia to trade with the US as an ‘alternative to China’ but details are scant
Jayant Menon, Tham Siew Yean and Maria Monica Wihardja
Channel News Asia, 3 June 2022

50. US’ Indo-Pacific economic bloc irks China but it may not be all bad for the region
Kai He
South China Morning Post, 3 June 2022

51. Leaders’ summit showed the Quad in good health but more work is needed
Ryosuke Hanada
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2 June 2022

52. Quad momentum continues
Purnendra Jain, Emeritus Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide
Asialink, 1 June 2022

53. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Can the US Pull It Off?
Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 1 June 2022

54. The obsolescing bargain crosses the Belt and Road Initiative: renegotiations on BRI projects
Michael Bennon, Francis Fukuyama
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, 18 May 2022

East/South China Sea

55. Revitalizing The ASEAN Amid Growing Challenges From China
Dr. Rajaram Panda
Eurasia Review, 3 June 2022

Climate Change/Environment

56. Labor should create a “Regional Carbon Bank” for ASEAN and the Pacific
Peter McCawley
Interpreter, 3 June 2022

57. Why the Ukraine war may power Asia’s green energy shift
Mariko Oi
BBC, 2 June 2022

58. Vietnam is leading the transition to clean energy in South-East Asia, But it still needs to wean itself off coal
Economist, 2 June 2022

59. Environmental Volunteerism on the Rise in Vietnam
James Borton
Geopolitical Monitor, 2 June 2022

60. Malaysia Airlines launches first green flight to Singapore with fuel made from used cooking oil
Taufiq Zalizan
Today, 2 June 2022

61. Boosting Southeast Asia’s cross-border electricity trade
Thang Nam Do, Paul Burke
Asia & the Pacific Policy Society, 31 May 2022

62. Envoys, experts vow further cooperation amid challenges in the Lancang-Mekong region
Hu Yuwei
Global Times, 31 May 2022


63. Chinese Cybercrime in Neighboring Countries [17-page pdf report]
Insikt Group
Recorded Future, 2 June 2022

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