Daily News on Southeast Asia – 16 May 2024

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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. Voicing the Voiceless: Multilayer Factors of Indigenous Peoples Marginalization in Nusantara Capital City (IKN)’s Policy Process
Erlinda Quinta Pramudyantini, Vidhyandika Djati Perkasa
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (Indonesia), 16 May 2024
2. Indonesia’s agrarian reform: Success strategies and challenges
Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2024
3. Single-class hospital care scheme will not affect premiums yet, BPJS says
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2024
4. Indonesian diaspora welcomes dual citizenship plans but questions ‘political will’ to implement
Resty Woro Yuniar
South China Morning Post, 16 May 2024
5. 回顾1998年5月印尼反华人暴行 [Looking back at the anti-Chinese violence in Indonesia in May 1998]
联合早报, 16 May 2024
6. Halal certification rule for micro enterprises postponed to 2026
Tricia Yeoh
Antara, 15 May 2024
7. Upcoming changes to powerful Indonesian court will erode judges’ independence, experts fear
Arie Firdaus and Ami Afriatni
Benar News, 15 May 2024
8. Indonesia’s Prabowo plans to increase growth, ‘be daring’ with debt
Business Times, 15 May 2024
9. Prabowo still focuses on fulfilling campaign promises, not cabinet makeup
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 15 May 2024
10. Jokowi promises integrity in process to select KPK leaders
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 15 May 2024
11. Ralat Pernyataan Sebelumnya, KPU Kini Sebut Caleg Terpilih Wajib Mundur Jika Maju Pilkada [Correcting its previous statement, the KPU now says that elected legislative candidates must resign if they run for regional elections]
Febryan A/Erik Purnama Putra
Republika, 15 May 2024
12. A growing number of Chinese Indonesians are winning political offices
Devianti Faridz
VOA, 15 May 2024


13. ‘Own goals’ by PN allowed DAP to retain Chinese support, says analyst
Ameer Fakhri
Free Malaysia Today, 16 May 2024
14. Khazanah Research Institute says time for household debt to reflect exposure to BNPL
[link to Khazanah Research Institute’s report “The Financialization of our Lives: Values and Trade-Offs”]
Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Malay Mail Online, 16 May 2024
15. Cadmean victory in KKB
Bridget Welsh
Malaysiakini, 16 May 2024
16. Malaysia’s by-election win gives Anwar govt room to focus on policy and sway youth, Malays
Shannon Teoh
Straits Times, 16 May 2024
17. Why Penang thrives while Langkawi flounders
Ian McIntyre
The Malaysian Insight, 16 May 2024
18. Political shifts, persistent poverty of Kota Marudu
Jason Santos
theVibes.com, 16 May 2024
19. 马国容得下第二家赌场吗?[Can Malaysia accommodate a second casino?]
联合早报, 16 May 2024
20. Malaysia Airports gets take-private offer from consortium including Khazanah, EPF
Business Times, 15 May 2024
21. Weak justification’ – analysts pan PM’s ‘elitist democratic reforms’ claim
Martin Vengadesan
Malaysiakini, 15 May 2024
22. Worker power – the missing link between a “tight” labour market and better wages
Nithiyananthan Muthusamy, Shazrul Ariff Suhaimi and Mohd Amirul Rafiq Abu Rahim
Khazanah Research Institute, 13 May 2024


23. Myanmar workers among fastest-growing group of foreign workers in Japan as society ages
Michiyo Ishida and Louisa Tang
CNA, 16 May 2024
24. Top Asean officials meet Myanmar junta chief for ‘cooperation’ talks
Star, 16 May 2024
25. Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Moved to House Arrest at Military Facility in Naypyitaw
Irrawaddy, 15 May 2024
26. Myanmar resistance leaders present united front in Tokyo
Yuichi Nitta
Nikkei Asia, 15 May 2024
27. INTERVIEW: Karen Border Guard Force plans ‘exodus’ of foreign scammers from Myawaddy
Radio Free Asia, 15 May 2024


28. Worrisome presence
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 May 2024
29. Comelec gets stricter: No more ‘placeholder’ ploys
Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 May 2024


30. Amnesty panel to mull inclusion of S112 cases
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 16 May 2024
31. Committee refuses B400 rate
Bangkok Post, 16 May 2024
32. Thailand could lose jobs with minimum wage hike, business lobby says
Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat
Nikkei Asia, 16 May 2024
33. “We Thought We Were Safe’: Repression and Refoulement of Refugees in Thailand,”
Human Rights Watch, 15 May 2024
34. Myanmar’s ban on overseas male workers worsens Thai labor shortage
Radio Free Asia, 15 May 2024


35. Public debt plan laid out towards 2026
VietNamNet, 16 May 2024
36. The deepening ‘securitization’ of Vietnamese politics
Zachary Abuza
Radio Free Asia, 15 May 2024
37. [Big read] The Communist Party of Vietnam’s struggle against corruption
Zhou Yifei and Liew Fan Chyi
ThinkChina, 15 May 2024
38. Việt Nam holds significant position in Russia’s foreign policy
Viet Nam News, 15 May 2024
39. Incumbent, former ministers of MoLISA disciplined
VietNamNet, 15 May 2024

Asia Pacific

40. APEC GDP Expands to 3.5% in 2023, Uncertainties Loom Large
APEC, 15 May 2024
41. Contested connectivity: cyber threats in the Asia-Pacific
Julia Voo
International Institute for Strategic Studies, 15 May 2024

East/South China Sea

42. Chinese vessels block civilian convoy but ‘advance team’ slips to Bajo de Masinloc
Manila Bulletin, 16 May 2024
43. China’s goodwill and patience toward the Philippines are not limitless: Global Times editorial
Global Times, 15 May 2024
44. China warns Philippines after civilian ship mission to West PH Sea
Manila Bulletin, 15 May 2024
45. South China Sea: Philippines sends warship to assert sovereignty, counter alleged reclamation activities by Beijing
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 15 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

Bernama, 16 May 2024
47. The politics of moving toward a green economy
Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 16 May 2024
48. Malaysia likely to face water crisis by 2030 amid growing demand: officials
Siva Selan
Eco-Business, 15 May 2024
49. Sarawak announces region’s first climate change centre in bid to spearhead Malaysia’s response to crisis
Sulok Tawie
Malay Mail Online, 15 May 2024
50. Vietnam’s Catch-22 in courting China as a rare earth partner
Mengshi Ren
South China Morning Post, 15 May 2024
51. Will climate change push Thailand to move its capital Bangkok?
South China Morning Post, 15 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

52. ‘Block Out’ movement spreads to Malaysia; Michelle Yeoh among celebs targeted for Gaza stance
Straits Times, 16 May 2024

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