Daily News on Southeast Asia – 28 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. Cambodia digital payments to nurture local currency, says central bank head
Akane Okutsu
Nikkei Asia, 28 May 2024


2. No winners in trade wars
Editorial board (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta Post, 28 May 2024

3. Desa Menjadi Kunci Menuju Indonesia Emas 2045 [Villages are the Key to Golden Indonesia 2045 Vision]
Kautsar Ibnu Muharam
Republika, 28 May 2024

4. GovTech to focus on nine priority services in short-term: Minister
Antara, 27 May 2024

5. President Jokowi unveils INA Digital to simplify govt bureaucracy
Antara, 27 May 2024

6. Indonesia strategically shaping international cooperation through foreign aid
Eko Sumando, The Australian National University
East Asia Forum, 27 May 2024

7. Nadiem cancels university tuition hike
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2024

8. Indonesia’s ruling PDI-P could take on opposition role in Prabowo’s government as it ‘keeps options open’
Amy Sood
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2024

9. Victims of Indonesia’s anti-Chinese riots cling to hope for justice as painful memories fester
Amy Sood
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2024

10. 海外印尼裔愿申请双重国籍返印工作 [Overseas Indonesians are willing to apply for dual citizenship and return to Indonesia for work]
联合早报, 27 May 2024

11. Analisis Pengamat Mengapa Parpol-Parpol Masih Ingin Usung Anies di Pilgub Jakarta [Observer’s analysis of why political parties still want to nominate Anies in the Jakarta gubernatorial election]
Eva Rianti, Antara
Republika, 25 May 2024


12. How our education system polarises, promotes disunity
P Gunasegaram
Malaysiakini, 28 May 2024

13. Malaysia dreams of start-up paradise but local talents head to Singapore over poor official support
Joseph Sipalan
South China Morning Post, 28 May 2024

14. Recent reshuffling shows party’s willingness for reform, say experts
Teh Athira Yusof
Star, 28 May 2024

15. GIP will not directly manage Malaysia’s airport operator, Khazanah chief says
Business Times, 27 May 2024

16. Govt unveils RM200 diesel subsidy aid
Free Malaysia Today, 27 May 2024

17. Are EV sales increasing in Malaysia? Here’s the data from JPJ
Alexander Wong
Malay Mail Online, 27 May 2024

18. Rafizi’s political future in limbo as subsidies abolition plan gets underway
Malaysia Now, 27 May 2024

19. PM defends ‘tough action’ on 3R, says RSF downgrade ‘doesn’t matter’
Alyaa Alhadjri
Malaysiakini, 27 May 2024

20. Developing the Halal Industry in Penang: An Overview of Policy Issues and Some Possible Solutions
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Penang Institute, 27 May 2024

21. Sabah’s constitutional amendments
Rayner Sylvester Yeo
The Malaysian Insight, 27 May 2024


22. From Dawood Ibrahim To Bashar-al-Assad – Meet Myanmar’s Notorious Group Behind Cyber-Scam & Narco Racket: OPED
Eurasian Times, 27 May 2024


23. Philippines urges US and allies to boost inward investment to counter China
A. Anantha Lakshmi
[Link to State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey Report]
Financial Times, 28 May 2024

24. DOF: Average Filipino income will double to P378,000 by 2030
Chino S. Leyco
Manila Bulletin, 28 May 2024

25. Philippines’ Marcos Jnr removes pro-Duterte police officers … to pre-empt a coup attempt?
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 28 May 2024

26. Could the low-carbon economy bill re-write the Philippines’ future?
Eco-Business, 27 May 2024

27. Escudero says Cha-cha push brings no ‘earth-changing’ effect to Philippine economy
Dhel Nazario
Manila Bulletin, 27 May 2024

28. Examining Manila’s Contemporary West Philippine Sea Strategy
Don McLain Gill
ORF Online, 23 May 2024


29. Pheu Thai loses its mojo
Bangkok Post, 28 May 2024

30. Exploring the lives of Burmese and Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand
The Nation, 28 May 2024

31. PM Srettha appoints Wissanu as government legal advisor
The Nation, 28 May 2024

32. Increasingly, Thais don’t want to tie the knot
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2024

33. PM Srettha turns to legal eagle Wissanu for advice
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 27 May 2024

34. Made-in-Thailand armoured vehicles, pistols delivered to Bhutan
The Nation, 27 May 2024

35. Thai Rising Star Activist-Turned-Lawmaker Sentenced to Two Years in Prison Over Protest
Koh Ewe
Time, 27 May 2024


36. Vietnam’s leadership upheaval signals regime’s security focus
Nhu Truong
Nikkei Asia, 28 May 2024

37. In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency
Ian Hollinger
Diplomat, 27 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

38. ASEAN faces carbon, digital conundrums: 3 takeaways from Future of Asia
Yuichi Shiga
Nikkei Asia, 27 May 2024

39. INTERVIEW: ‘Most easily corrupted’ Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar form scam epicenter
Sovannarith Keo
Radio Free Asia, 27 May 2024

40. A closer Asean-China community with a shared future will lead the trend of times of building a community with a shared future for mankind
Hou Yanqi
South China Morning Post, 26 May 2024

41. China’s Pivot to ASEAN for BRI Reboot
Anshika Singh
Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 24 May 2024

Asia Pacific

42. Leading Asia in an age of tension: Premiers urged to skirt U.S.-China duel
Kenneth Maxwell
Nikkei Asia, 28 May 2024

43. Can a U.S.-China Military Hotline Stop the Downward Spiral?
James Crabtree
Foreign Policy, 27 May 2024

44. China, Japan, South Korea vow to work together to keep supply chains stable
Alyssa Chen
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2024

45. The Belt and Road Initiative at 10: Regional Perspectives on China’s Evolving Approach
Manoj Kewalramani, Oyuna Baldakova, Margaret Myers, Oscar Meywa Otele & Cheng-Chwee Kuik
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States), 9 May 2024

46. China’s Financial Statecraft under Xi Jinping Administration in Selected Southeast Asian Countries
Li Jun & Chin Kok Fay
[Link to 40-page article]
Malaysian Journal of History, Politics & Strategic Studies, 3 March 2024

East/South China Sea

47. Life goes on for local fishers amid China ban
John Eric Mendoza
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 May 2024

48. In the South China Sea, Beijing can ill afford to be seen as a bully
Richard Heydarian
South China Morning Post, 28 May 2024

49. China imposes 4-month fishing ban in South China Sea, including West Philippine Sea
Joseph Pedrajas
Manila Bulletin, 27 May 2024

50. Taiwan’s Lai should value engagement with regional partners
Chiew-Ping Hoo
Nikkei Asia, 27 May 2024

51. South China Sea: Beijing risks conflict with Philippines over ‘Monster’ ship to enforce anti-trespassing policy
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 27 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

52. EU keeps watchful eye on Vietnam’s green policy shift
David Hutt
DW, 27 May 2024

53. Relax regional coal phase-out ambitions, Asean energy report urges
Liang Lei
Eco-Business, 27 May 2024

54. Rare Earth Mining Taking Heavy Toll in Myanmar’s Kachin, Groups Say
[Link to the report “Fuelling the future, poisoning the present: Myanmar’s rare earth boom“]
Hein Htoo Zan
Irrawaddy, 27 May 2024

55. New rules set to kick-start Japanese CO2 exports to RI
Divya Karyza
Jakarta Post, 27 May 2024

56. Brunei private sector joins ASEAN Food Security Alliance
Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Manila Bulletin, 27 May 2024

57. Heavier EVs exact an environmental toll
Masashi Ijichi
Nikkei Asia, 25 May 2024

58. Enhancing Food Security and Investment in Agriculture
Stratbase ADR Institute, 1 February 2024

Media, Technology & Society

59. Reality check: Real generative AI game changers
Roy Kosasih
Jakarta Post, 28 May 2024

60. The Five Types of Digital Propaganda: How Local Influencers Forward Chinese Interest in the Philippines
Stratbase ADR Institute, 1 January 2024


Global Economy

61. An “America First” World
Hal Brands
Foreign Affairs, 27 May 2024

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