Daily News on Southeast Asia – 5 Sep 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. Defamation Trial of Cambodian Opposition Leader Opens in Paris
Sam Rainsy has finally received his day in court – but in Paris rather than in Phnom Penh.
David Whitehouse
Diplomat, 5 September 2022
2. ‘It can be pretty horrifying’: how Cambodia’s land grabs are ruining lives
Andrew Haffner
South China Morning Post, 5 September 2022


3. US, Indonesia agree to enhance renewable energy deployment
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 5 September 2022
4. Gov’t Raises Subsidized Fuel Prices by Up to 32%
Jakarta Globe, 3 September 2022
5. Consumers’ demand compels private sector to adopt SDGs all the way
Norimasa Shimomura and Arsjad Rasjid
Jakarta Post, 3 September 2022
6. Indonesian Takes First Delivery of Chinese-Made High-Speed Trains
Jakarta Globe, 2 September 2022


7. ‘Don’t like, don’t hate’: Pragmatic Laos embraces China
Tan Hui Yee
Straits Times, 5 September 2022


8. No privileges, exceptions in Islamic justice – Agong
Bernama, 5 September 2022
9. Najib remains MP as he has filed for royal pardon, says Malaysia speaker of parliament
Rashvinjeet S Bedi
Channel News Asia, 5 September 2022
10. Khairy’s choices: killer Seremban, Port Dickson or a mixed seat
Nicholas Chung
Free Malaysia Today, 5 September 2022
11. Three things we learnt from: The 2022 PAS Muktamar
Radzi Razak
Malay Mail Online, 5 September 2022
12. Sabah PKR line-up unveils new faces
Malay Mail Online, 5 September 2022
13. Tommy Thomas: Why SRC was picked as first 1MDB-related court case
James Chai & P Gunasegaram
Malaysiakini, 5 September 2022
14. COMMENT | GE15: Battle between extremism and flawed democracy
S Thayaparan
Malaysiakini, 5 September 2022
15. Khairy gives way to Tok Mat
Benjamin Lee and Tarrance Tan
Star, 5 September 2022
16. Perak launches Food Security Action Plan 2022 – 2030
Bernama, 4 September 2022
17. PAS approves motion on unification of Malay-Muslim parties
Bernama, 4 September 2022
18. PAS to contest 80 parliamentary seats in GE15
Predeep Nambiar, Nora Mahpar and Faiz Zainudin
Free Malaysia Today, 4 September 2022
19. 马国反贪能坚持多久 [How long will Malaysia’s anti-corruption last?]
Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 4 September 2022
20. Takiyuddin confirms Pas in talks with Umno leaders on GE15 cooperation
Adie Zulkifli
New Straits Times, 4 September 2022
21. Umno ‘court cluster’ legal cases are reaching a political tipping point
Murray Hunter
Sinchew 星洲网, 4 September 2022
22. Ultimatums and U-turns
Philip Golingai
Star, 4 September 2022
23. Commentary: Malaysia’s multi-coalition platter spices up talk of fragmented parliament
Norshahril Saat is Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Coordinator at the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme. This Commentary first appeared on the Institute’s Blog, Fulcrum.
Channel News Asia, 3 September 2022
24. Perikatan not working with Pakatan for GE15, says Muhyiddin
Malaysian Insight, 3 September 2022
25. Malaysia’s post-Covid economy has held up so far, but will politics be its undoing?
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 3 September 2022
26. PAS’ tale of two affairs
Imran Hilmy
Star, 3 September 2022
27. Time to take a bow for the “Bossku” show that had many going
Miaoling Ng
New Mandala, 2 September 2022


28. Myanmar junta authorities clamp down on overnight guest registration
Mizzima, 4 September 2022
29. Myanmar’s junta is running out of time to make progress on Asean peace plan
Akash Sahu
South China Morning Post, 3 September 2022
30. Vicky Bowman: UK former ambassador jailed in Myanmar
Jonathan Head & Zubaidah Abdul Jalil
BBC News, 2 September 2022


31. Del Rosario: PH need not wait for China on oil, gas exploration
Dona Z. Pazzibugan
Nikkei Asia, 5 September 2022
32. Philippines may allow U.S. military access during Taiwan crisis
Ryo Nakamura and Yuichi Shiga
Nikkei Asia, 5 September 2022


33. Kazakhstan and Singapore Look to Boost Economic Links
Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
Diplomat, 5 September 2022


34. Resistance to changes
Bangkok Post, 3 September 2022
35. Why Prayut, or any living PM, has not reached tenure limit
Amorn Wanichwiwatana, DPhil (Oxon), is a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University.
Nation, 3 September 2022


36. 越南经济增长和城镇化 中产阶层消费群不断扩大 [With Vietnam’s economic growth and urbanization, middle-class consumer base continues to expand]
Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, 5 September 2022
37. Plan to Blare Propaganda Meets Resistance (and Eye Rolls) in Vietnam
Chau Doan and Mike Ives
New York Times, 4 September 2022
38. Locally-made cars requiring new approach
VietNamNet, 3 September 2022

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

39. Nosediving Demand for Smartphones in Southeast Asia Shows that Inflation is Impacting 5G Readiness
Dmytro Spilka
Diplomat, 5 September 2022
40. Southeast Asia Hopes to Become the World’s Next EV Hub
Danielle Fallin and Karen Lee
Diplomat, 5 September 2022
41. The right tools for a coherent regional response to forced migration
Caitlin McCaffrie
Interpreter, 5 September 2022
42. Marcos Jr’s rescue mission
Editorial Board (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta Post, 5 September 2022
43. Philippines’ Marcos meets Indonesia’s Jokowi in 1st state visit
Nana Shibata and Ismi Damayanti
Nikkei Asia, 5 September 2022
44. South-east Asia warily navigates rising US-China tensions over Taiwan
Mercedes Ruehl
Financial Times, 4 September 2022
45. Seeking a flood-resilient future in SEA
Bangkok Post, 3 September 2022
46. Is Southeast Asia the primary laboratory for PLA?
The Statesman / ANN
Sinchew 星洲网, 3 September 2022
47. Rising Salinity Threatens Rice Crops on Southeast Asia’s Sinking Coast
VOA, 3 September 2022
48. 1997 PH-Indonesia defense agreement to be renewed during Marcos’ state visit — DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2 September 2022

Asia Pacific

49. The right policies can protect the workers of Asia and the Pacific
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Jakarta Post, 5 September 2022
50. Indo-Pacific nations to agree on better supply chain communication
Satsuki Kaneko and Masaya Kato
Nikkei Asia, 5 September 2022
51. Explainer | Why haven’t Philippines, Myanmar followed Indonesia and ratified the RCEP trade deal?
Mia Nulimaimaiti and Andrew Mullen
South China Morning Post, 4 September 2022
52. Geopolitical cost of a slowing Chinese economy
James Crabtree
Straits Times, 3 September 2022
53. Trade Troubles: Do We Still Need the WTO?
Ryan Burke
Diplomat, 2 September 2022
54. Health and Long-term Care Information in Ageing Asia
ERIA Report
ERIA, 2 September 2022

East/South China Sea

55. China spiking Indonesia’s offshore oil and gas risk
John Mcbeth
Asia Times, 2 September 2022

Climate Change/Environment

56. Interview: Rich nations owe reparations to countries facing climate disaster, says Pakistan minister
Guardian, 4 September 2022
57. Companies stumped by GHG emission obligations
VietNamNet, 4 September 2022
58. Global turbulence may herald ‘giant leap’ to a greener era, says top scientist
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Eco-Business, 3 September 2022
59. My Say: Narratives from the food crisis
Fatimah Mohamed Arshad
Edge Markets, 3 September 2022
60. Seaweed an increasingly fragile lifeline for Philippine farmers
Keith Anthony S. Fabro
Mongabay, 1 September 2022


Media, Technology & Society
61. Indonesia’s Personal Data Protection at a Crossroads
Galby R. Samhudi
Stratsea, 5 September 2022
62. Trolls for hire in Philippines: The concealed political weapon used in a social media war
Derrick A Paulo
Channel News Asia, 4 September 2022
63. Myanmar is developing Mtube live streaming platform that can be used like YouTube: Minister for Information
Eleven Myanmar, 2 September 2022

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