Daily News on Southeast Asia – 21 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. Jakarta aims to improve flow of Ciliwung river as part of flood mitigation efforts
Saifulbahri Ismail, Calvin Yang
CNA, 21 May 2024
2. Ma’ruf Amin’s son announces bid for Banten gubernatorial election
Jakarta Post, 21 May 2024
3. A closer look at Indonesia’s hydro – diplomacy in 10th World Water Forum
Antara, 20 May 2024
4. Challenges in terrorism handling await next government
Antara, 20 May 2024
5. Russian Fighter Deal Reflects Indonesia’s Goal of a ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Economy
A. B. Abrams
Diplomat, 20 May 2024
6. Election defeat puts Ganjar, Anies’ political future in question
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 20 May 2024
7. Proposed police law revision fails to guarantee more accountability
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 20 May 2024
8. Bali to become family office hub, Luhut says
Yohana Belinda
Jakarta Post, 20 May 2024
9. PKS Resmi Berkoalisi dengan Nasdem di Pilkada Bandung [PKS officially forms a coalition with Nasdem in the Bandung regional elections]
Fauzi Ridwan, Teguh Firmansyah
Republika, 20 May 2024
10. No Tesla factory? Satellites will do for now as Indonesia pivots ties with Elon Musk
Hariz Baharudin and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja
Straits Times, 20 May 2024


11. PAS risks GE16 backlash without people – centric policies, says analyst
Free Malaysia Today, 21 May 2024
12. Time to redefine ‘national culture’, says academic
Rex Tan
Free Malaysia Today, 21 May 2024
13. PM Anwar to address nation tonight
Malay Mail Online, 21 May 2024
14. What are we teaching our university students?
Star, 21 May 2024
15. Malaysia’s new censorship guidelines restrict content even more, filmmakers say
Iman Muttaqin Yusof
Benar News, 20 May 2024
16. Deputy minister: Malaysia – China diplomatic relations have achieved significant milestones
Bernama, 20 May 2024
17. Johor plans increased surveillance on ‘deviant’ religious teachings, following Ulu Tiram officer deaths
CNA, 20 May 2024
18. Criticisms of govt allowed but there are boundaries on 3R issues, says PM Anwar
Malay Mail Online, 20 May 2024
19. Azmin admits police, military voters shifted away from PN in KKB polls
Shakira Buang
Malaysiakini, 20 May 2024
20. Revitalising Malaysia’s maritime industry through BRI cooperation
Star, 20 May 2024
21. Is LRT the best public transport solution for Penang?
Lim Chee Han
The Malaysian Insight, 20 May 2024


22. Can the new UN Envoy avoid past mediation failures in Myanmar?
Nicola Williams, The Australian National University
East Asia Forum, 20 May 2024
23. Myanmar Shoppers Report Hyperinflation as Kyat Plunges Past 4,000/Dollar
Irrawaddy, 20 May 2024
24. Myanmar Dictator Seeks Russian Help to Develop an Aerospace Industry
Irrawaddy, 20 May 2024
25. A new Myanmar is emerging from conflict and climate change
Ashley South
Nikkei Asia, 20 May 2024
26. Myanmar now requires biometric ‘smart card’ to exit country by border
Radio Free Asia, 20 May 2024


27. Rice: Lessons not learned
Cielito F. Habito
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 May 2024

28. PCG to enforce stricter measures vs infringement in Philippine waters
Manila Bulletin, 20 May 2024
29. House probe of Duterte-China ‘gentleman’s agreement’ begins
Gabriel Pabico Lalu
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 May 2024
30. Marcos Jr.’s Triple Trouble
Brice Lee Tseen Fu
Stratsea, 20 May 2024
31. 菲中期选举考验两大家族政治联姻[Philippine midterm elections test political marriage between two major families]
联合早报, 20 May 2024


32. Pichit dismisses resignation rumour as Srettha defends appointment
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 21 May 2024
33. New Thai finance minister has chance to improve strained central bank ties, says ex-Finance Minister
CNA, 21 May 2024
34. Thai solar panels exported to the US likely to face a 250% tariff wall
The Nation, 21 May 2024
35. Somchai’s senate bid possible part of larger political game plan
The Nation, 21 May 2024
36. Budget Bureau proposes enactment of a mid-year budget
The Nation, 21 May 2024
37. Govt plans to increase budget by B122bn to fund handout scheme
Bangkok Post, 20 May 2024
38. Thailand’s cannabis U-turn is a cautionary tale
Bangkok Post, 20 May 2024


39. Vietnam parliament elects Tran Thanh Man new chairman amid leadership reshuffle
Reuters and Agence France-Presse
South China Morning Post, 20 May 2024
40. Vietnam votes in new National Assembly head; Tran Thanh Man now of the ‘Powerful Four’ in Asean nation
Star, 20 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

41. [Big read] Not a zero-sum game: Semiconductor pie big enough for Singapore and Malaysia
Yush Chau
ThinkChina, 20 May 2024
42. Experts urge proactive solutions for Cambodia’ canal impacts on Mekong Delta
VietNamNet, 20 May 2024

Asia Pacific

43. SEA eyes next 20 years of US-China ties
Bangkok Post, 21 May 2024
44. How China Will Squeeze, Not Seize, Taiwan
Isaac Kardon and Jennifer Kavanagh
Foreign Affairs, 21 May 2024

East/South China Sea

45. No need to worry about new sea regulation — China
Manila Bulletin, 21 May 2024
46. South China Sea: Chinese ‘cognitive warfare’ fears in Philippines as Marcos calls for deal probe
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 21 May 2024
47. Can China de-escalate?
Francisco S Tatad
Manila Times, 20 May 2024
48. South China Sea: India sends warships as ‘subtle reminder’ to Beijing
Maria Siow
South China Morning Post, 20 May 2024
49. Asian neighbors wary of China’s plans to deploy floating nuclear plants
Le Nguyen
VOA, 20 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

50. MySay: ESG disclosure is really about business continuity
[Link to Simplified ESG Disclosure Guide (SEDG) for SMEs in Supply Chains]
Lim Kok Tiong
Edge Markets, 21 May 2024
51. The Philippines is turning the tide on plastic waste
Nanette Medved-Po
Nikkei Asia, 21 May 2024
52. RI to work with Eramet on exploring lithium potential in West Sulawesi
Divya Karyza
Jakarta Post, 20 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

53. Suspected Vietnamese netizens target Cambodia’s Hun Sen on TikTok
Radio Free Asia, 20 May 2024

54. What should Vietnam do to stay independent of Google and Facebook?
VietNamNet, 20 May 2024


Global Economy
55. The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems
Project Syndicate, 20 May 2024

Global South
56. A Closer Look at the Global South
Erica Hogan and Stewart Patrick
Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, 20 May 2024

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