Daily News on Southeast Asia – 29 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 deputy PM says Japanese investment to help curb its China dependence
Tamayo Muto
Nikkei Asia, 29 May 2024

2. Amid US flirtation, Cambodia stresses ‘steel’ ties to China
RFA Khmer and Alex Willemyns
Radio Free Asia, 28 May 2024


3. Indonesia’s public housing savings rule sparks criticism as it seeks to cover more workers, including foreigners
Amanda Puspita Sari
CNA, 29 May 2024

4. OECD accession forces Indonesia’s hand on integrity
Rifky Pratama Wicaksono & Muhammad Rafi Bakri
East Asia Forum, 29 May 2024

5. Analysis: Law revision deemed putting leash on Constitutional Court
Tenggara Strategics
Jakarta Post, 29 May 2024

6. Indonesia’s new capital draws water businesses from East Asia
Nana Shibata
Nikkei Asia, 29 May 2024

7. Lawmakers press ahead with deliberation of controversial bills
Nur Janti
Jakarta Post, 28 May 2024

8. Discourse: Indonesia-EU trade pact doable but requires ‘give and take’
Ruth Dea Juwita
Jakarta Post, 28 May 2024


9. No power play in PKR state chief reshuffle, say analysts
Amirul Aiman
Free Malaysia Today, 29 May 2024

10. Malays have grown used to PN as new vanguard, says analyst
Nora Mahpar
Free Malaysia Today, 29 May 2024

11. Anwar’s one shot at reforming EC
Ooi Kok Hin
Malaysiakini, 29 May 2024

12. No point returning to ‘irrelevant’ party, says Annuar
Malaysiakini, 29 May 2024

13. Proposed Political Financing Bill to be tabled in Parliament by December, says Wong Chen
Benjamin Lee
Star, 29 May 2024

14. Southern surge in housing demand
Diyana Pfordten
Star, 29 May 2024

15. Big prospects for Silicon Island
Lo Tern Chern
Star, 29 May 2024

16. Malaysia to invest $5.3B to become ‘neutral’ semiconductor hub amid US-China tensions
Iman Muttaqin Yusof
Benar News, 28 May 2024

17. Guan Eng flags Penang state finances, calls for better governance and transparency
Anis Zalani
Malay Mail Online, 28 May 2024

18. PM Anwar unveils RM500b investment goal in National Semiconductor Strategy’s first phase
Yiswaree Palansamy
Malay Mail Online, 28 May 2024


19. Rohingya refugees signal despair and hope in world’s most crowded camp
Gwen Robinson
Nikkei Asia, 29 May 2024

20. Smallholder Cash Cropping Expansion and the Privatization of Communal Forestland in Southeast Myanmar
Kevin Woods
East West Center, 28 May 2024

21. Myanmar Junta Fires Key Economics Minister From Its Cabinet
Irrawaddy, 28 May 2024

22. Washington Calls on Myanmar Junta to End Violence, Release Political Prisoners
Irrawaddy, 28 May 2024


23. Making PH agriculture smart
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 29 May 2024

24. PH-Brunei accords on seafarers, ‘Muslim-friendly tourism’ signed
Julie M. Aurelio & Nestor Corrales
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 29 May 2024

25. Most Filipinos say they support neutrality over Taiwan, want Manila to focus on home front
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 29 May 2024

26. The Philippines Needs Butter, Not Just Guns
Alvin Camba
Foreign Policy, 28 May 2024


27. Singapore targets talent for long-term growth
Richard Yarrow, Harvard Kennedy School
East Asia Forum, 28 May 2024


28. Commentary: Good reasons for Thailand’s economic stimulus
[This commentary first appeared on the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s blog, Fulcrum.]
Richard Yarrow
CNA, 29 May 2024

29. Former Thai PM Thaksin to be Charged With Royal Defamation
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 29 May 2024

30. Thailand aims to become first Southeast Asian BRICS member
Kosuke Inoue
Nikkei Asia, 29 May 2024

31. The Thai Prime Minister’s Occupational Hazard as a Political Proxy is Being in the Line of Fire
Termsak Chalermpalanupap
Asia Link, 29 May 2024

32. Thai cabinet signs off on $3bn in borrowing for digital wallet
Francesca Regalado
Nikkei Asia, 28 May 2024

33. Move Forward ban would shatter Thailand’s last democratic veneer
Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Nikkei Asia, 28 May 2024

34. Wissanu Krea-ngam: Man of all seasons in Thai politics
The Nation, 28 May 2024


35. How Timorese Women Perceive the Election of Prabowo Subianto in Indonesia
Maria Manuela Leong Pereira & Li-Li Chen
Diplomat, 28 May 2024


36. Cross-border QR code payment launched
Phạm Long
VN Economy, 29 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

37. Laos, Vietnam bolster cooperation in technology, innovation
Voice of Vietnam, 28 May 2024

Asia Pacific

38. India should think long and hard about joining AUKUS
Pham Quang Hien
Asia Times, 29 May 2024

39. UN report says that education, social safety nets vital for Asia to grow rich, cope with aging
Elaine Kurtenbach
[Link to the report “Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2024: Promoting decent work and social justice to manage ageing societies“]
AP News, 28 May 2024

40. Asian Synthetic Drug Production Continued to Grow in 2023, UN Says
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 28 May 2024

East/South China Sea

41. Manila’s protest against China’s fishing moratorium is not responsible toward its fishermen:
Global Times editorial
Global Times, 29 May 2024

42. Ayungin Shoal and the spectre of informal international law
Ross Tugade
New Mandala, 29 May 2024

43. Philippines urged to tap South China Sea reserves to ease energy costs despite Beijing tensions
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 29 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

44. Over 3 million hectares of Malaysian forests at risk of deforestation, national forest cover commitment at risk
[Link to 30-page PDF report ‘State of the Malaysian Rainforest 2024‘]
Samantha Ho
Eco-Business, 28 May 2024

45. Fueling Thailand’s future of energy: Energy transition trends shaping in 2024
Andrews Maltesen, President, Energy Industries, Asia, ABB
The Nation, 28 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

46. Govt revisits plan for ‘social media council
Radhiyya Indra
Jakarta Post, 28 May 2024

47. While US threatens to ban TikTok, Philippines says regulation is key
South China Morning Post, 28 May 2024

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