Daily News on Southeast Asia – 18 Sep 2023

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 | Media, Technology & Society | Others


1. Testimonial therapy: Buddhism’s influence in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge tribunal
Andre Kwok
Interpreter, 18 September 2023
2. Guangxi and Cambodia, the gateway for ASEAN trade and cooperation
Mohan Bandam and Raquel Bacay
Khmer Times, 18 September 2023
3. Cambodian PM Hun Manet pledges stronger China ties in Beijing visit
Yuji Nitta & Yukio Tajima
Nikkei Asia, 15 September 2023


4. Govt is ignoring Rempang’s strategic security role in Malacca Strait
Kornelius Purba
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
5. Analysis: Will Muhaimin reap NU votes for Anies?
Tenggara Strategics
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
6. Aktivisme kepala desa: refleksi elitisme dan polarisasi di pedesaan yang kerap tak tampak [Village head activism: a reflection of elitism and polarization in rural areas that is often invisible]
Faiz Kasyfilham, Peneliti, Universitas Gadjah Mada
The Conversation, 18 September 2023
7. Rights groups slam Jokowi for spying boast
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 17 September 2023
8. Democrats throw support behind Prabowo
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 17 September 2023
9. The Anies-Muhaimin Candidacy: A Political Test for Modernist and Traditionalist Islam in Indonesia
Virdika Rizky Utama
Diplomat, 15 September 2023


10. Analysts: Timing, intended message of ‘Save Malaysia’ rally reason for low turnout, doesn’t resonate with Malaysians
R. Loheswar
Malay Mail Online, 18 September 2023
11. An instructive royal tour of Sabah, Sarawak
Mustafa K. Anuar
The Malaysian Insight, 18 September 2023
12. HSR bakal jadi rangkaian penghubung China, Eropah [HSR will be a network connecting China and Europe]
Teon Eg
Utusan Malaysia, 18 September 2023
13. Greater Johor Bahru/Iskandar sebagai wilayah metropolitan kedua [Greater Johor Bahru/Iskandar as a second metropolitan territory]
Liew Chin Tong Ialah Timbalan Menteri Pelaburan, Perdagangan Dan Industri (miti) Yang Juga Ahli Parlimen Iskandar Puteri.
Utusan Malaysia, 18 September 2023
14. China will support govt to make NIMP 2030 a success — PM
Niam Seet Wei
Bernama, 17 September 2023
15. PM Anwar, Ministers Witness Mous Exchange Worth A Total Of Rm19.84bln
Bernama, 17 September 2023
16. Gelombang terhalang di Pulai, Sungai Jeram namun keterpendaman berterusan [Wave blocked in Pulai, Sungai Jeram but pent-up issues continue to simmer]
Ruhan Shahrir
The Malaysian Insight, 17 September 2023
17. KSP, inilah formulanya – Rafizi [Mid-term review, this is the formula – Rafizi]
Utusan Malaysia, 17 September 2023
18. SG4 could bring the biggest change to federal-state relations since federation
Murray Hunter
MySinchew, 16 September 2023
19. Analysts: Having Dr Mahathir as SG4 adviser may not bring much benefit to PN-held states
Hana Naz Harun
New Straits Times, 16 September 2023
20. Malaysians protest to demand reinstatement of graft charges against Ahmad Zahid: ‘justice for all’
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 16 September 2023
21. Malaysia: Persekutuan yang terbenih daripada ketakutan [Malaysia: a federation born of fear]
Ruhan Shahrir
The Malaysian Insight, 16 September 2023
22. 马哈迪任4州顾问──伊党的大策略 [Mahathir as advisor to 4 states – PAS’s grand plan]
星洲网, 16 September 2023
23. Malaysia Will Not Appeal Ex-PM Najib’s Acquittal in 1MDB Tampering Case
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 15 September 2023
24. One man’s DNAA offers a glimpse into the PM’s DNA
Chan Aun Kuang
MySinchew, 15 September 2023


25. Myanmar’s Opposition Riven by Internal Divisions
Luke Hunt
VOA, 17 September 2023
26. Myanmar plans to carry out direct kyat-ruble payments between Myanmar and Russia
Energy Tracker Asia, 16 September 2023
27. Myanmar’s fight to tame inflation sows turmoil over cooking oil
Nikkei Asia, 16 September 2023
28. If Biden can befriend Vietnam, he can work with Myanmar
Brahma Chellaney
Nikkei Asia, 15 September 2023


29. Enhanced defense cooperation vital to PH security, climate change resilience
Manila Bulletin, 18 September 2023
30. Restrain use of secret funds
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 September 2023
31. Rice price crisis dents Marcos Jr’s populist appeal
Richard Javad Heydarian
Asia Times, 16 September 2023
32. Bongbong Marcos urges Singapore businessmen to invest in PH
Jerome Aning
Inquirer, 15 September 2023
33. Farmers say gov’t zero-tariff plan for imported rice ‘ill-timed, a farce’
Othel V. Campos and Vince Lopez
Manila Standard, 14 September 2023


34. Srettha to talk tourism on China trip
Panumet Tanraksa & Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 17 September 2023
35. There’s no reward for loyalty
Bangkok Post, 16 September 2023
36. Pheu Thai gets to work on soft power development
The Nation, 15 September 2023


37. US Chipmakers March South as Vietnam Subsidizes Its Tech Future
Arrian Ebrahimi
Diplomat, 18 September 2023
38. The Ghostly Legacies of America’s War in Vietnam
Chris Humphrey
Foreign Policy, 16 September 2023
39. China a strategic choice and top priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy
Voice of Vietnam, 16 September 2023
40. Vietnam, US Upgrade Partnership; Activists Critique Silence on Human Rights
VOA, 14 September 2023
41. Vietnam sees improved US relations as golden opportunity
Phuong Anh, Anh Minh
VnExpress International, 13 September 2023

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

42. Kingdom-Philippines trade to cross $100 million this year
Manoj Mathew
Khmer Times, 18 September 2023
43. China’s Li Qiang vows ‘practical’ cooperation with ASEAN in bid to reassure region amid maritime disputes, US pressure
Kinling Lo
South China Morning Post, 17 September 2023
44. Japan–ASEAN relations move towards co-creation
Kitti Prasirtsuk, Thammasat University
East Asia Forum, 16 September 2023
45. Leaders in Southeast Asia say they want to be friends with both the U.S. and China
Charmaine Jacob
CNBC, 15 September 2023

Asia Pacific

46. The reshaping of the global economy: Riding the waves of change
Vikram Khanna
Straits Times, 18 September 2023
47. ‘He’s had a bad summer’: Xi faces calls to loosen grip as China’s crises mount
Helen Davidson
Guardian, 17 September 2023

East/South China Sea

48. Malaysia, China agree to have ‘continuous’ talks on South China Sea issue
Bernama, 17 September 2023
49. China Brings Out the Big Guns in the South China Sea
Jack Detsch
Foreign Policy, 15 September 2023

Climate Change/Environment

50. We have power to spare Saving energy
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
51. ASEAN must not leave climate behind in digital economy agreement
Felippa Amanta
Jakarta Post, 18 September 2023
52. Building Back Better: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Energy Resiliency in the New Normal
APEC, 15 September 2023
53. Summary Report – APEC Workshop on Women’s Empowerment through Inclusive and Gender-responsive Climate Policymaking
APEC, 15 September 2023

Media, Technology & Society

54. ASEAN’s Window of Opportunity for Shaping Global Data Governance
Jesslene Lee
Diplomat, 15 September 2023


55. Where Was ASEAN at India’s G20 Summit?
Yanitha Meena Louis
Diplomat, 16 September 2023

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