Daily News on Southeast Asia – 24 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. The Funan Techo Canal Won’t Have A Military Purpose
David Hutt
Diplomat, 23 May 2024

2. Cambodia’s planned canal isn’t in its own interest, only China’s
Sam Rainsy
Nikkei Asia, 23 May 2024


3. Prabowo rebrands ‘free lunch’ program
Jakarta Post, 24 May 2024

4. Membaca Peluang Anies Versus Sudirman Said di Pilgub Jakarta  [Reading the chances of Anies versus Sudirman Said in the Jakarta gubernatorial election]
Teguh Firmansyah & Bayu Adi
Republika, 24 May 2024

5. PDI-P says no to Jokowi for national meeting, amid ongoing tensions between president and his former party
CNA, 23 May 2024

6. Prabowo’s plans to upsize Cabinet could be bad for international business, strain state coffers: Analysts
Nivell Rayda
CNA, 23 May 2024

7. More dynasties in the making in November regional head elections
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 23 May 2024

8. First Family political moves questioned as Bobby allies with Gerindra
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 23 May 2024


9. Malaysia, Hong Kong agree to collaborate on TVET, economy
Muhammad Saufee Rosman
Edge Markets, 24 May 2024

10. Consider Tanjung Malim-Lumut rail link instead, govt told
Amirul Aiman
Free Malaysia Today, 24 May 2024

11. RON95 will be litmus test for subsidy reforms, says economist
Free Malaysia Today, 24 May 2024

12. Kalau ada anak emas ada juga anak tiri ke? [If there is a golden child, are there also stepchildren?]
Free Malaysia Today, 24 May 2024

13. What’s behind the controversy of MAHB’s Khazanah-EPF takeover, and what does Israel have to do with it?
Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Malay Mail Online, 24 May 2024

14. The Malaysian Economy in the Time of Geo-Economic and Geo-Political Cholera
Rais Hussin
EMIR Research, 23 May 2024

15. PAS open to teaming up with GRS in Sabah polls
Faiz Zainudin
Free Malaysia Today, 23 May 2024

16. EPF told to cut ties with BlackRock as groups ramp up pressure on Anwar on Palestine policy
Malaysia Now, 23 May 2024


17. Myanmar court lowers bid price on democracy icon Suu Kyi’s home
Radio Free Asia, 23 May 2024


18. In the Philippines a decades-long conflict nears its endgame
Economist, 23 May 2024

19. GT Voice: Manila faces choice: regional cooperation or US-led rivalry
Global Times, 23 May 2024

20. ‘Even Zambales fishermen hit by China water cannon assault’
Faith Argosino
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 May 2024

21. A Philippine Perspective on China’s WMD Threat
Herman Joseph S. Kraft
The National Bureau of Asian Research, 22 May 2024


22. New panel to oversee ‘old’ rice auction
Phusadee Arunmas
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2024

23. Exports being held back by declining competitiveness
Nareerat Wiriyapong
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2024

24. PM’s drug reforms echo past errors
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2024

25. Thailand’s judiciary faces challenges
Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2024

26. Four govt economic plans could be affected by Srettha’s removal
The Nation, 24 May 2024


27. Vietnam’s ruling communists rush to fill the country’s top jobs
Economist, 23 May 2024

28. Will the Pathogen Spread South?
Khang X. Vu
The National Bureau of Asian Research, 15 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

29. JS-SEZ – pushing forward Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations
Jason Soh
EMIR Research, 24 May 2024

30. ‘Ideal peacemaker’: Nobel Prize nominee says Cambodia best suited to solve Myanmar crisis
Taing Rinith
Khmer Times, 24 May 2024

31. New Leader, New Approach to China?
Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Lak Chansok, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Lina A. Alexandra, Dien Nguyen An Luong & Lam Peng Er
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 23 May 2024

32. Solar products made in Southeast Asia targeted
The Nation, 23 May 2024

Asia Pacific

33. The “Squad” is a welcome spin-off, but the Quad is the main game
Rahul Mishra
Interpreter, 24 May 2024

34. What does an emerging Squad in the Indo-Pacific mean for India?
Harsh V. Pant
ORF Online, 24 May 2024

35. Japan is selling patrol vessels to the Philippines. Is Tokyo confronting Beijing with more ‘aggressive diplomacy’?
Maria Siow
[Link to State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey Report]
South China Morning Post, 24 May 2024

36. Philippines, Japan near reciprocal troops deal in move to counter China
South China Morning Post, 24 May 2024

37. Cambodia’s expectations from Cambodia – China People-to-People Exchanges
Samnang Yen
Modern Diplomacy, 23 May 2024

38. Encounters and Escalation in the Indo-Pacific
Oriana Skylar Mastro
[Link to 116-page PDF document]
The National Bureau of Asian Research, 7 May 2024

East/South China Sea

39. South China Sea: Philippines’ Batanes province in spotlight again as Taiwan war spectre looms amid drills
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 24 May 2024

40. Grey horizons for Beijing’s South China Sea strategy
Mateusz Chatys,University of Lodz
East Asia Forum, 23 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

41. Vietnam’s renewable surge shouldn’t distract from chronic environmental policy failures
Sasha Lee,Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
East Asia Forum, 24 May 2024

42. Transforming water infrastructure strategies in Indonesia
Jakarta Post, 24 May 2024

43. ST Explains: Why the climate ruling by the world’s top court dealing with oceans is a game changer
David Fogarty
Straits Times, 24 May 2024

44. Myanmar establishes leading group for Myitsone project coordination with China
Eleven Myanmar, 23 May 2024

45. Policy Solutions for the International Climate Change Regime
[Link to 34-page PDF report “Policy Solutions for the International Climate Change Regime“]
ORF Online, 23 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

46. Blockout 2024, buli atau ajar?
Mohd Faizal Bin Musa, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Free Malaysia Today, 24 May 2024

47. Asia-Pacific’s generative AI adoption driven by youth uptake
Katherine Creel
Nikkei Asia, 24 May 2024


Future of Asia Forum

48. Malaysia’s Anwar to push ASEAN as ‘cohesive force’ against regional tensions
Norman Goh
Nikkei Asia, 23 May 2024

Global Economy

49. Asia starting to feel like 1997-98 all over again
William Pesek
Asia Times, 23 May 2024


50. The Quest For Religious Reform Goes Global – Analysis
James M. Dorsey
Eurasia Review, 24 May 2024

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