Daily News on Southeast Asia – 23 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. Can Prabowo coherently govern Indonesia?
Stephen Sherlock
Asia Times, 22 May 2024

Indonesia courts US tech titans as it pursues digital transformation
Ami Afriatni
Benar News, 22 May 2024

PPP’s hope of retaining House seats dim as court rejects challenges
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 22 May 2024

Jokowi-Puan warm exchange exposes PDI-P internal division
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 22 May 2024

Indonesia’s killer commodity
Marina Welker
New Mandala, 21 May 2024


6. Assurances needed on role of Madani development committee, says analyst
Chia Wan Rou
Free Malaysia Today, 23 May 2024

7. Sabah scrambling to make matters right over 40% claim
Joe Samad
Free Malaysia Today, 23 May 2024

8. Malaysia: The Sarawak secession?
James Chin
Interpreter, 23 May 2024

9. 1,000 employers to participate in Progressive Wage Policy pilot starting next month
Nuradzimmah Daim
New Straits Times, 23 May 2024

10. It’s all over for some contract docs
Ragananthini Vethasalam
Star, 23 May 2024

11. Parti Cinta Sabah joins GRS
Free Malaysia Today, 22 May 2024

12. Malaysia’s diesel subsidy cut hailed as positive economic move but fears of voter backlash linger
Hadi Azmi
South China Morning Post, 22 May 2024

13. Malaysia’s EV sales ‘stagnate’ as high prices, inadequate charging points hinder adoption
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 22 May 2024

14. DPM Fadillah urged to consider Sabahans’ views on having two village development committees
Star, 22 May 2024

15. Is PAS considering a future without Perikatan?
Ian McIntyre
The Malaysian Insight, 22 May 2024

16. More questions greet BlackRock’s landing at Malaysian airports
Malaysia Now, 21 May 2024

17. Malaysia’s Isis sympathisers draw focus after deadly Ulu Tiram attack
Amy Chew
South China Morning Post, 21 May 2024

18. Kelantan will re-introduce 16 shariah offences to defend Islam, says MB
The Malaysian Insight, 21 May 2024

19. Keputusan PH bakal beri kesan politik di Semenanjung [PH’s decision will have a political impact on the Peninsula]
Ahmad Fadhlullah Adnan
Utusan Malaysia, 20 May 2024


20. Foreign fighters training anti-regime forces in Myanmar
Lorcan Lovett
Nikkei Asia, 23 May 2024

21. Armies of young insurgents are changing the course of a forgotten war
Quentin Sommerville
BBC, 22 May 2024

22. Myanmar’s BGF: A Family-Run Criminal Enterprise With Friends Across Asia
[Link to the report “The Karen Border Guard Force/Karen National Army criminal business network exposed“]
Irrawaddy, 22 May 2024


23. Ex-Wescom chief says he made no secret deal
Bernadette E. Tamayo & Francisco Tuyay
Manila Times, 23 May 2024

Tightening rules on substitution
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 May 2024

Manila-Beijing row worsens as China yet to show evidence of ‘secret deal’
Camille Elemia
Benar News, 22 May 2024

Defense Deal Brewing – Philippines Shows Interest In India’s Advanced Light Helicopter As Navy Warships Docks At Manila
Ritu Sharma
Eurasian Times, 22 May 2024

Philippines says it has shortage of 190,000 healthcare workers
Ditas Lopez
Star, 22 May 2024

Philippines Seeks Asia Logistics Hub Status, Banking on US Ties
Cliff Harvey Venzon & Ditas B Lopez
Bloomberg, 21 May 2024


29. Kazakh President Tokayev to make first state visit to Singapore from May 22 to 24
Wong Pei Ting
Straits Times, 22 May 2024

30. 哈萨克斯坦总统托卡耶夫访新 将会见总统总理资政 [President Tokayev of Kazakhstan visits Singapore and will meet with the President and Prime Minister]
联合早报, 22 May 2024


31. Ethics case plagues PM
Bangkok Post, 23 May 2024

Thai court accepts complaint seeking PM’s removal over Cabinet appointment
CNA, 23 May 2024

Most Thais have no idea how Senate election works
The Nation, 23 May 2024

Thailand’s ‘culture of dictatorship’ lingers 10 years after military coup
Nontarat Phaicharoen
Benar News, 22 May 2024

Thailand power supply in question as tech investment floods in
Lauly Li
Nikkei Asia, 22 May 2024

Pheu Thai vows to rewrite charter, outlaw coups
Aekarach Sattaburuth
Bangkok Post, 21 May 2024

Embattled Pichit resigns as PM’s office minister
Bangkok Post, 21 May 2024

Thailand’s Showdown Over Interest Rates, Explained
James Guild
Diplomat, 21 May 2024


39. Vietnam’s Top Security Official To Lam Confirmed as President
David Rising
Diplomat, 23 May 2024

40. Vietnam Arrests Second Labor Activist In a Month, Rights Group Claims
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 22 May 2024

41. Vietnam rocked by political upheaval: 5 things to know
Atsushi Tomiyama
[Link to State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey Report]
Nikkei Asia, 22 May 2024

42. Vietnam’s Communist Party might not attain the normalcy it seeks after reshuffle
Zachary Abuza
Radio Free Asia, 22 May 2024

43. 越南国家主席苏林宣誓就职 学者:政局暂稳但内斗料持续 [Vietnamese President To Lam is sworn in. Scholars: The political situation is temporarily stable but internal strife continues]
联合早报, 22 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

44. Cambodia defends China-backed canal project questioned by Vietnam
Mitsuru Obi & Risa Sato
Nikkei Asia, 23 May 2024

Malaysian fishermen want govt to crack down harder on Vietnamese encroachers
Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli & Syahrin Abdul Aziz
Benar News, 22 May 2024

Middle Eastern countries’ interest in Southeast Asia highlights its bright future
Noel Clehane
Jakarta Post, 22 May 2024

Asia Pacific

47. China holds ‘biggest’ military drills around Taiwan
Bangkok Post, 23 May 2024

The Rise of the Indo-Pacific in the Global Supply Chain
Sameer Hasija
INSEAD, 23 May 2024

China’s supposed ‘change’ in policy towards Chinese overseas: Nothing to see here
Leo Suryadinata, Senior Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
ThinkChina, 23 May 2024

East/South China Sea

50. South China Sea: new Philippine claims on alleged Duterte-Xi deal could play into Beijing’s hands, analysts say
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 23 May 2024

Philippines, US, Japan hold inaugural talks on Luzon Corridor
Joseph Pedrajas
Manila Bulletin, 22 May 2024

South China Sea: is a report on Vietnam’s reclamation a smokescreen from Beijing’s row with Manila?
Maria Siow
South China Morning Post, 22 May 2024

Scientists propose tunnels for invisible island expansion in the South China Sea
Stephen Chen
South China Morning Post, 22 May 2024

Philippines-China wiretapping row hits stalemate as Filipino commander denies making ‘new deal’
Mara Cepeda
Straits Times, 22 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

55. How To Sell Carbon Credits
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 23 May 2024

How a conflict in Iran can affect the Energy and Economic Sectors of ASEAN
Tri Bagus Prabowo
Modern Diplomacy, 23 May 2024

Decarbonizing the Philippine power sector
Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 May 2024

Securing Thailand’s energy future
Supra-kasem Kashemsri Na Ayudhaya & Tippatrai Saelawong
Bangkok Post, 22 May 2024

Ministry tables memorandum on carbon capture, utilisation, storage
Bernama, 22 May 2024

Hybrid vs electric vehicles
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

61. INTERACTIVE: More Malaysians are voicing political views online since the pandemic
Yuen Meikeng
Star, 23 May 2024

Govt urged to consider regulations, support for influencers
The Nation, 23 May 2024

AI companies make fresh safety promise at Seoul summit, nations agree to align work on risks
Associated Press
Asahi Shimbun (AJW), 22 May 2024

Tracking China’s Moves On Information Warfare – Analysis
Kalpit A Mankikar & Satyam Singh
Observer Research Foundation, 22 May 2024

Charting the future of Southeast Asian AI governance
Albert Jehoshua Rapha, German Institute for Global & Area Studies & KU Leuven
East Asia Forum, 21 May 2024


Global Economy

66. Tariffs On China: Trump Was Dumb, Biden Dumber – OpEd
John Feffer
Eurasia Review, 23 May 2024

2 words explain China export ‘surge’: Global South
David P. Goldman
Asia Times, 21 May 2024

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