Daily News on Southeast Asia – 30 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’s ‘Xi Jinping Boulevard’ highlights strong ties with China
Taejun Kang
Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2024


2. Indonesia’s dual citizenship push to combat brain drain, talent shortage: analysts
Elisa Valenta
Business Times, 30 May 2024
3. Flying Taxis in Nusantara: Upcoming Trials and What to Expect
Queenadia Syahrani
Jakarta Globe, 30 May 2024
4. Gerindra mulls pairing Prabowo’s nephew with Kaesang for Jakarta race
Jakarta Post, 30 May 2024
5. Anticipating Prabowo’s foreign economic policy
Noto Suoneto
Jakarta Post, 30 May 2024
6. Indonesia’s plan to integrate 27,000 govt apps in one platform welcomed but data security concerns linger
Hariz Baharudin
Straits Times, 30 May 2024
7. Indonesian workers slam new rule ordering all employees to fund public housing
Tria Dianti
Benar News, 29 May 2024
8. OECD Tells Indonesia to Not Rush on Getting Full Membership
Jakarta Globe, 29 May 2024
9. Ombudsman calls for better service as BPJS transitions to single-class hospital care
Yvette Tanamal
Jakarta Post, 29 May 2024


From Muhammad Saufee Rosman
Bernama, 30 May 2024
11. Rising Singapore-Johor activity rekindles property prospects in Malaysia’s southern tip
Tan Ai Leng
Business Times, 30 May 2024
12. Google to invest US$2 billion in data centre and cloud services in Malaysia
CNA, 30 May 2024
13. Minister: Sarawak targets 50 pct reduction in extreme poverty by 2026
Dayak Daily, 30 May 2024
14. Smallholders see no immediate effect of targeted diesel subsidies on operation costs
Chia Wan Rou
Free Malaysia Today, 30 May 2024
15. Traders still hesitant to use local currencies despite benefits
Predeep Nambiar
Free Malaysia Today, 30 May 2024
16. Explained: Selangor DRT deal, Asia Mobiliti and Hannah Yeoh — is there conflict of interest?
Soo Wern Jun
Malay Mail Online, 30 May 2024
17. Johor-Singapore-Batam single border clearance system to streamline cross border movement
Jassmine Shadiqe
New Straits Times, 30 May 2024
18. Sabah govt backbenchers want PM to intervene in JKDM issue
Sandra Sokial
Star, 30 May 2024
19. 国家半导体战略的盲点 [The Blind Spot of the National Semiconductor Strategy]
星洲网, 30 May 2024
20. UMNO perlu bina semula reputasi elak ‘menang sorak, kampung tergadai’ [UMNO needs to rebuild its reputation to avoid winning the battle but losing the war]
Dr Abdul Hadi Samsi adalah Felo Pengajar Sains Politik, Jabatan Sains Sosial dan Pengurusan, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Kampus Bintulu
Berita Harian, 29 May 2024
21. Revitalising the Laluan Penarikan: Malaysia’s new canal for modern container ships
Free Malaysia Today, 29 May 2024
22. After eight requests, Sabah will furnish own calculation of federal govt’s 40pc debt to state, says DCM
Julia Chan
Malay Mail Online, 29 May 2024
23. Sabah looking to establish sea link between Kudat, Palawan
Olivia Miwil
New Straits Times, 29 May 2024


24. West must come to terms with Myanmar’s fragmentation
Morten B. Pedersen
Nikkei Asia, 30 May 2024
25. Yugoslavia on the Irrawaddy? Not yet, but don’t rule out a Myanmar break-up
Ravi Velloor
Straits Times, 30 May 2024
26. Is Myanmar Teetering On The Verge Of Another Disaster? – OpEd
Dr. Imran Khalid
Eurasia Review, 29 May 2024
27. Myanmar Junta Appoints Training Chief as Deputy Defense Minister
Irrawaddy, 29 May 2024
28. Myanmar junta threatens to block food aid for Rohingyas who refuse military training
Ye Kaung Myint Maung
Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2024


29. Philippines reels from shortage of ‘cyber warriors’ as hacking attacks soar amid China tensions
South China Morning Post, 30 May 2024


30. 20 years of errors can’t be fixed easily
Chartchai Parasuk
Bangkok Post, 30 May 2024
31. Thailand Heads for Fresh Political Turmoil as Thaksin Indictment Looms
Patpicha Tanakasempipat
Bloomberg, 30 May 2024
32. Thaksin dumps Voice TV in nod to Thailand’s new media landscape
Marwaan Macan-Markar
Nikkei Asia, 30 May 2024
33. New finance minister a calming influence
Bangkok Post, 29 May 2024
34. Court rejects petition accusing Pheu Thai of trying to topple democracy
The Nation, 29 May 2024
35. Srettha outlines Thailand’s vision in keynote speech in Hong Kong
The Nation, 29 May 2024
36. Int’l wholesalers praise Thailand’s potential as regional agricultural hub
The Nation, 29 May 2024
37. 泰国前首相达信将被控冒犯君主罪名
联合早报, 29 May 2024
38. Thailand targets ‘digital nomads’, students, and tourists by approving longer visa stays
South China Morning Post, 28 May 2024


39. Vietnamese EV maker VinFast considers delaying $4 bln US plant, source says
Phuong Nguyen, Francesco Guarascio and Ben Klayman
Reuters, 30 May 2024
40. Vietnam’s great untapped rare earth bounty
Coby Hobbs
Asia Times, 29 May 2024
41. Lessons from Hydrogen Strategy in Vietnam and the United States
Nguyen Duc Tuyen
The National Bureau of Asian Research, 29 May 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

42. Whose business is it to shape the Mekong’s geopolitical landscape?
Yunkang Liu
East Asia Forum, 30 May 2024
43. Does India’s Act East Policy matter to Southeast Asia?
Yanitha Meena Louis & Jaideep Singh
Interpreter, 30 May 2024
44. Strait of Malacca: Could the Strategic Waterway Be China’s Achilles Heel?
Micah McCartney
Newsweek, 29 May 2024

Asia Pacific

45. CNA Explains: The story behind the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
[Link to 17-min interview]
Calvin Yang
CNA, 30 May 2024
46. Analysis: A 1950 map foreshadows what Xi Jinping has in mind today
Katsuji Nakazawa
Nikkei Asia, 30 May 2024
47. Why AUKUS’s expansion is inevitable
Song Zhongping
ThinkChina, 30 May 2024
48. Integration Of Japan Into AUKUS – OpEd
Nazia Sheikh
Eurasia Review, 29 May 2024
49. In Asia, Pentagon chief Austin seeks to reassure allies and cool China tensions
Idrees Ali
Reuters, 29 May 2024

East/South China Sea

50. South China Sea: is China’s fishing ban a ‘scare tactic’ to fend off Philippine vessels entering disputed waters?
Sam Beltran
South China Morning Post, 30 May 2024
51. Philippine president: Beijing escalates South China Sea tensions with new detention order
Jason Gutierrez
Benar News, 29 May 2024
52. How to Respond to China’s Tactics in the South China Sea
Derek Grossman,
Foreign Policy, 29 May 2024
53. China open to talks with Philippines amid new Coast Guard regulation
Joseph Pedrajas
Manila Bulletin, 29 May 2024
54. South China Sea: expect choppy waters when US and Chinese defence chiefs Dong Jun and Lloyd Austin meet
Seong Hyeon Choi
South China Morning Post, 29 May 2024
55. Philippines, Brunei sign deal on closer maritime cooperation, with eye on Beijing in South China Sea
Jeoffrey Maitem
South China Morning Post, 29 May 2024

Climate Change/Environment

56. Gas investments in South-east Asia undermine green energy, climate push: Report
David Fogarty
Straits Times, 30 May 2024
57. Bukan recehan: energi terbarukan berbasis komunitas mampu ciptakan manfaat ekonomi Rp18 ribu triliun [Not small change: community-based renewable energy can create economic benefits of IDR 18 thousand trillion]
Bhima Yudhistira Adhinegara
The Conversation, 30 May 2024

Media, Technology & Society

58. Commentary: The tussle over TikTok isn’t just geopolitics
Carol Soon, Chew Han Ei & Ann Mak
CNA, 30 May 2024
59. Expanding print media law to govern online content will hurt press freedom
Mustafa K. Anuar
The Malaysian Insight, 30 May 2024

Global Economy

60. Shipping delays, higher freight rates: Ports in Asia, including Singapore, see heavy congestion
Charlotte Lim, Nasyrah Abdul Rohim & Calvin Yang
CNA, 30 May 2024

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