Daily News on Southeast Asia – 21 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. Cabinet approves draft legal documents, nat’l strategy
Kang Sothear
Khmer Times, 21 September 2023


2. Floating mass, not political parties, will decide 2024 elections
Endy Bayuni
Jakarta Post, 21 September 2023
3. The 2024 budget and the dynamics of fiscal risk and space
Winarno Zain
Jakarta Post, 21 September 2023
4. Indonesia EV battery dream hits lithium, U.S. inflation act walls
Erwida Maulia
Nikkei Asia, 21 September 2023
5. Govt invites China to help build super grid
Yohana Belinda
Jakarta Post, 20 September 2023
6. RI behind, but not conceding, in chip industry race
Deni Ghifari
Jakarta Post, 20 September 2023
7. Prabowo Subianto’s Electoral Strategy: Jokowi, New Persona, and National Prestige
Adhi Priamarizki
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 20 September 2023
8. Ramai-Ramai Media Asing Sorot Lagi Pulau Rempang, Kenapa?
Tommy Patrio Sorongan
CNBC Indonesia, 19 September 2023


9. Solar Energy in Malaysia: A Bright Future or Dim Prospect?
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 21 September 2023
10. Muda loses more than it gains by ‘attacking’ unity govt, says analyst
Ainin Wan Salleh
Free Malaysia Today, 21 September 2023
11. The economic potential of the SG4
Free Malaysia Today, 21 September 2023
12. MalaysiaNow to ignore ‘pressure’ from MCMC
Malaysiakini, 21 September 2023
13. MUDA不能取代火箭,凯里能吗 [MUDA could not replace DAP, can Khairy?]
MySinchew, 21 September 2023
14. NST Leader: The problem with SG4
New Straits Times, 21 September 2023
15. Eating out a hidden cost
Fatimah Zainal
Star, 21 September 2023
16. DAP-Umno partnership struggle far from over, say grassroots
Alfian Z.M. Tahir
The Malaysian Insight, 21 September 2023
17. Reformasi dan dilema Anwar Ibrahim [Reformasi and Anwar Ibrahim’s dilemma]
Ruhan Shahrir
The Malaysian Insight, 21 September 2023
18. Nak ganti PH, PN kena ‘pikat’ bukan Melayu [To replace PH, PN must ‘woo’ non-Malays]
Foong Zhen Hoe
Utusan Malaysia, 21 September 2023
19. 700 Metric Tonnes Of Local Rice To Be Distributed Beginning Friday – FOA
Bernama, 20 September 2023
20. Will Anwar’s political dilemma in Malaysia stall reforms?
Tricia Yeoh, IDEAS
East Asia Forum, 20 September 2023
21. Picking on the present: Malaysia locked in a historical search for sufficient unity
Ooi Kee Beng
Edge Markets, 20 September 2023
22. The illusion of Malay Unity
MySinchew, 20 September 2023
23. Six state elections 2023 analytics and reflections
Dr Rais Hussin is the CEO of EMIR Research
MySinchew, 20 September 2023
24. Picking the Brains of GLC Heads: Policy Priorities for Penang in the Coming Decade
Yeong Pey Jung
Penang Institute, 18 September 2023


25. Myanmar’s Junta Finds an Increasingly Warm Embrace in Beijing
Aung Zaw
Irrawaddy, 20 September 2023
26. Myanmar asks China for help on new ID system
Manila Times, 20 September 2023


27. Civil Society Brief: The Philippines
[20-page report]
Asian Development Bank, 1 September 2023


28. Graft case targets PM’s chief adviser
Bangkok Post, 21 September 2023
29. Downsides to digital cash handout plan
Chartchai Parasuk
Bangkok Post, 21 September 2023
30. Thai lawmakers plan fresh push to tighten use of cannabis
Channel News Asia, 21 September 2023
31. Thai Court Bans Progressive Politician From Political Office for Life
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 21 September 2023
32. Thailand PM: ‘most popular’ Thaksin Shinawatra could play government role after jail release, ‘unwise’ not to tap him
South China Morning Post, 21 September 2023
33. Thai Leader Chases US Investment as He Looks to Revive Growth
Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Suttinee Yuvejwattana
Bloomberg, 20 September 2023


34. Vietnam Prime Minister Asks Yellen for Better US Market Access
Mai Ngoc Chau
Bloomberg, 21 September 2023
35. Vietnam’s four pillars and revolving-door posts
Harish Mehta
Business Times, 21 September 2023

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

36. U.S.-Indonesia ties are frosty, but who’s giving the cold shoulder?
Toru Takahashi
Nikkei Asia, 21 September 2023
37. ASEAN to stay priority for China’s BRI investment despite slowdown
Amy Chew
Nikkei Asia, 21 September 2023
38. Vietnam and Thailand boost defense cooperation
Voice of Vietnam, 20 September 2023

Asia Pacific

39. Asian Development Outlook (ADO) September 2023
Asian Development Bank, 1 September 2023

East/South China Sea

40. Philippines on cusp of new South China Sea cold war
Richard Javad Heydarian
Asia Times, 21 September 2023
41. What is at Stake For the EU in the South China Sea?
Rahul Mishra and Neevia Kurup
Diplomat, 21 September 2023
42. Chinese satellite ground stations installed on disputed South China Sea reefs
Liu Zhen
South China Morning Post, 20 September 2023

Climate Change/Environment

43. What climate change? Study finds political parties lack focus on climate issues
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
Jakarta Post, 21 September 2023

44. A fine policy? Drivers question efficacy of emissions testing
Jakarta Post, 21 September 2023

45. Experts: Climate change, other factors hurting local rice supply
Isabelle Leong
Malaysiakini, 21 September 2023

46. Singapore and China join forces with new green finance taskforce
Stefanie Schacherer, Singapore Management University
East Asia Forum, 20 September 2023

47. Might geopolitical competition driven by US-China rift be good for renewable energy investments?
Gabrielle See
Eco-Business, 20 September 2023

48. Cross-Border Integration of Renewable Energy Systems Experiences, Impacts, and Drivers
[Link to Open Access Book]
ERIA, 19 September 2023

Media, Technology & Society

49. Trans-National Influence Operations and their Impact on Human Rights in Asia
Maiko Ichihara
Global Asia, 21 September 2023


Belt & Road Initiative
50. Why the West’s attacks on China’s Belt and Road Initiative are futile
Raffaello Pantucci
South China Morning Post, 21 September 2023

51. Does the BRI Increase China’s Influence?
Ethan B. Kapstein & Jacob N. Shapiro
Foreign Policy, 20 September 2023

Economic Freedom
52. Economic Freedom of the World: 2023 Annual Report
[Link to the 282-page report]
Fraser Institute, 19 September 2023

Global Economy
53. As America’s influence wanes, Asian economies are integrating
Economist, 19 September 2023

US Foreign Policy
54. America Can’t Stop China’s Rise
Tony Chan, Ben Harburg, and Kishore Mahbubani
Foreign Policy, 21 September 2023

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