Daily News on Southeast Asia – 26 Sep 2023

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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. Brunei King announces that compulsory schooling to begin at age five
The Nation, 24 September 2023


2. Cambodia’s import from China, Thailand, Vietnam from Jan-Aug reduces by 25%
The Nation, 26 September 2023


3. The future president must resolve blasphemy controversy
Rendy Pahrun Wadipalapa
Jakarta Post, 26 September 2023
4. It”s time for Megawati to entrust PDI-P to Jokowi
Kornelius Purba
Jakarta Post, 26 September 2023
5. 幼子加入团结党 佐科疑与斗争派民主党渐行渐远 [Youngest son joins United Party, Jokowi is suspected of drifting away from the struggling Democratic Party]
联合早报, 26 September 2023
6. Kaesang takes over PSI leadership days after joining the party
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 25 September 2023


7. Malaysia’s state election stalemate belies deeper issues for the Anwar administration
Salihin Subhan, UBC
East Asia Forum, 26 September 2023
8. Election court nullifies PN’s GE15 victory in Kemaman
Free Malaysia Today, 26 September 2023
9. New Indian parties on the horizon, say sources
Elill Easwaran
Free Malaysia Today, 26 September 2023
10. Can Muda make it as a third force?
Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli
Malaysia Now, 26 September 2023
11. Removing APs, import duties, and red tape
P Gunasegaram
Malaysiakini, 26 September 2023
12. Laws allowing excessive overtime makes Malaysia party to propagating forced labour
Fatimah Zainal
Star, 26 September 2023
13. A deficient democracy
Mustafa K. Anuar
The Malaysian Insight, 26 September 2023
14. Belanjawan 2024: Fokus pada 70% pekerja tidak mahir [Budget 2024: Focus on 70% unskilled workers]
Utusan Malaysia, 26 September 2023
15. 昨日的马华,今日的行动党 [Yesterday’s MCA, today’s DAP]
星洲网, 26 September 2023
16. Abolish Sedition Act’, Muda reminds Harapan of reform agenda
Malaysiakini, 25 September 2023
17. Malaysia boosts China palm oil exports under EU pressure
MySinchew, 25 September 2023


18. Myanmar’s Military Junta Is Weaponizing Access to Life-Saving Vaccines
Zaw Wai Soe
Diplomat, 26 September 2023


19. ‘Sari-sari’ stores get cash aid this week
Dempsey Reyes
Inquirer Net, 26 September 2023
20. A government that helps
Cielito F. Habito
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 26 September 2023


21. The Thai Establishment Strikes Back
Tamara Loos
Foreign Affairs, 26 September 2023
22. Thailand jails top protest leader Arnon Nampa for insulting monarchy: ‘a worthwhile personal sacrifice’
South China Morning Post, 26 September 2023
23. Thaksin could be freed as early as next February
The Nation, 26 September 2023
24. All eyes on Srettha’s delicate balancing act in Thailand
Richard S Ehrlich
Asia Times, 25 September 2023
25. New Move Forward chief can now become opposition leader: speaker Wan
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 25 September 2023
26. Pheu Thai foots the political bill for Thaksin’s return
Mathis Lohatepanont, University of Michigan
East Asia Forum, 25 September 2023
27. Thailand’s new prime minister boosts optimism, but his populist policies pose fiscal risks
Nyshka Chandran
CNBC, 24 September 2023


28. HCM City’s first metro line to run commercially from July next year
Star, 26 September 2023
29. High-Tech Supply Chains and the US-Vietnam Upgrade
Mercy A. Kuo
Diplomat, 25 September 2023
30. Inside Vietnam’s plans to dent China’s rare earths dominance
Francesco Guarascio and Khanh Vu
Reuters, 25 September 2023
31. Vietnam Reportedly Seeking Military Aid From Both Moscow and Washington
VOA, 25 September 2023

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

32. Dealing with the crisis in Myanmar
Kavi Chongkittavorn
Bangkok Post, 26 September 2023
33. ASEAN’s first joint military exercise
Rahman Yaacob
Interpreter, 26 September 2023

Asia Pacific

34. China releases a white paper on its proposals and actions on building a global community of shared future
[Link to “A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions“]
Global Times, 26 September 2023
35. China and Vietnam: The Power of Party Ties
This article originally appeared on the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute’s Fulcrum.
Lye Liang Fook
Asia Link, 25 September 2023

East/South China Sea

36. Philippines Says It Removed ‘Floating Barrier’ From Disputed Shoal
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 26 September 2023
37. PCG: ‘Strategic deployment’ at Scarborough enforced under BBM admin
John Eric Mendoza
Inquirer Net, 26 September 2023
38. China blames, castigates PH for ‘intruding’ in Scarborough Shoal
Charie Abarca
Inquirer Net, 26 September 2023
39. China’s divide, rule tactic seeks gaps in PH unity to conquer WPS
Kurt Dela Peña
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 26 September 2023
40. ‘Mapping’ recent developments in South China Sea
Rahul Mishra and Neevia Kurup
Asia Times, 25 September 2023
41. From The Coc To A Code Of Conduct For Maritime Engagements In Southeast Asia
Vu Hai Dang
CSIS, 25 September 2023
42. China refutes Philippine’s accusation of ‘floating barrier’ near Huangyan Island
Yang Sheng
Global Times, 25 September 2023
43. Vietnam opposes China’s ship identification stations in Paracel Islands
Vu Anh
VnExpress International, 25 September 2023
44. 社评:菲律宾和美西方媒体的摆拍演砸了 [Editorial: The staged performance by the Philippine and American Western media is ruined]
环球网, 25 September 2023

Climate Change/Environment

45. Trash to treasure: A vision of no waste in South-east Asia
Kris Hartley
Straits Times, 26 September 2023
46. Why the next decade will be so critical for Indonesia: it’s not simply about getting rich
Maria Monica Wihardja
Eco-Business, 25 September 2023
47. Why has Batam’s Rempang eco-city national project become a controversy?
Ady Muzwardi, Siwage Dharma Negara
Eco-Business, 25 September 2023
48. Western nations not ready to finance Indonesian coal plant retirements
Sudarshan Varadhan
Reuters, 25 September 2023
49. Indonesia, Vietnam energy transition financing under JETP
Fransiska Nangoy and Khanh Vu
Reuters, 25 September 2023
50. Why has Batam’s Rempang Eco-City national project become a controversy?
Ady Muzwardi, Siwage Dharma Negara
ThinkChina, 25 September 2023

Media, Technology & Society

51. Asia’s scam menace prompts rare China-Asean-UN unified response
Aidan Jones
South China Morning Post, 26 September 2023
52. Social media influencers and modern politics
[Link to Political Economy of Covert Influence Operations in the 2022 Philippine Elections]
Inquirer Net, 25 September 2023
53. Indonesia set to protect small traders as Widodo says social media ‘not a platform for business’
Amy Sood
South China Morning Post, 25 September 2023

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