Daily News on Southeast Asia – 11 Jun 2024

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This issue of Daily News Alert includes a commentary by Maria Monica Wihadja, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute. You can click on the link to go to the article directly.

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1. The Indonesian tycoon and political fixer at heart of Prabowo presidency
A. Anantha Lakshmi and Cynthia O’Murchu
Financial Times, 11 June 2024
2. Indonesian commission documents human rights abuses linked to new capital, other projects
Pizaro Gozali Idrus
Benar News, 10 June 2024
3. President-elect Prabowo says Indonesia willing to receive 1,000 refugees from Gaza to study in Java
CNA, 10 June 2024
4. ‘Multifunction, not dual function’: TNI commander’s statement stokes civil group concerns
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 10 June 2024
5. Jokowi’s dangerous gamble with mining licenses: A recipe for disaster
Virdika Rizky Utama
Jakarta Post, 10 June 2024
6. Program Makan Siang Gratis dalam Tinjauan Investasi dan Kesehatan [Review of Free Lunch Program in terms of investment and health]
Handy M Nataprawir, Mahasiswa Magister Kebijakan Publik & Governansi Universitas Indonesia
Republika, 9 June 2024


Bernama, 11 June 2024
8. Where did fledgling party Bersama come from and who’s behind it?
Yiswaree Palansamy
Malay Mail Online, 11 June 2024
9. Anwar: Past PMs wanted subsidy rationalisation but feared move
Ili Aqilah
Malaysiakini, 11 June 2024
10. Loke: Get the first-mover advantage of the ECRL
Star, 11 June 2024
11. Economists stay calm despite diesel price hike
Star, 11 June 2024
12. Families skipping meals to get by
Noel Achariam
The Vibes, 11 June 2024
13. Apa nasib enam wakil rakyat Bersatu? [What is the fate of the six Bersatu MPs?]
PROFESOR Madya Dr. Muhammad Fathi Yusof ialah Pensyarah Pusat Polisi Perdana Fakulti Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur.
Utusan Malaysia, 11 June 2024
14. My Say: Delay in reforms is eroding trust
Edge Markets, 10 June 2024
15. DPM Zahid: Govt sets up task force to coordinate development of halal industrial parks
Malay Mail Online, 10 June 2024
16. All you need to know about: Malaysia’s new diesel price of RM3.35 per litre
Zurairi A.R.
Malay Mail Online, 10 June 2024
17. Govt’s next challenge after setting new diesel price: Anxious consumers with questions about Budi Madani subsidy programme
Yiswaree Palansamy and Anis Zalani
Malay Mail Online, 10 June 2024
18. Anwar’s Foreign Policy Dithering Is Exacerbating Malaysia’s Challenges
Joshua Kurlantzick
World Politics Review, 10 June 2024


19. Myanmar’s war within a war: Informers and the trust deficit
Andrew Selth
Interpreter, 11 June 2024
20. Arrests spook Myanmar condo buyers shifting wealth to Thailand
Francesca Regalado
Nikkei Asia, 11 June 2024
21. How Myanmar’s Wood Funds Its Brutal Military
Audrey Thill
Foreign Policy, 10 June 2024
22. ‘The Ababil are flying’: Myanmar’s Muslims fight for change
Frontier Myanmar, 10 June 2024
23. China will not give up on Myanmar’s military
Yun Sun
Nikkei Asia, 10 June 2024


24. Duterte’s Ironic Free Speech Advocacy in the Philippines
Mong Palatino
Diplomat, 11 June 2024
25. Who are the 12 leading senatorial candidates of this administration?
Jake J. Maderazo
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 June 2024
26. Persistent challenges
Cielito F. Habito
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 June 2024
27. IMF Staff Concludes Visit to the Philippines
IMF News, 10 June 2024
28. Philippines “Replaces” India As America’s Key Military Partner To Counter China; Can Manila Do What Delhi Couldn’t?
KN Pandita
The Eurasian Times, 10 June 2024


29. Chadchart needs to act
Bangkok Post, 11 June 2024
30. Thais must join Global Peace Summit
Kavi Chongkittavorn
Bangkok Post, 11 June 2024
31. Senator doubles down on manipulation claim
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 11 June 2024
32. Progress on infrastructure projects in EEC updated
The Nation, 11 June 2024
33. Thailand’s Move Forward Party lays out defense against dissolution
Francesca Regalado
Nikkei Asia, 10 June 2024
34. Thaksin challenges Prawit in high-stakes political showdown
The Nation, 10 June 2024


35. Batteries not included: China EV makers struggle to break VinFast’s dominance in Vietnam
Jamille Tran
Business Times, 11 June 2024
36. Vietnam has no comprehensive industrial development policy
Star, 11 June 2024
37. Putin will pop into Pyongyang and stop by Vietnam, Russian media reports
Reuters, 10 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

38. Thailand and Myanmar’s Road Ahead: A Chat with Pichai Chuensuksawadi
[Link to 37-min video]
Luke Hunt
Diplomat, 11 June 2024
39. The impacts of US tariff hikes on Southeast Asian economies
[Originally published here on Fulcrum.]
Maria Monica Wihardja
ThinkChina, 10 June 2024

Asia Pacific

40. How the Sino-American rivalry is reshaping the world order
William R. Rhodes and Stuart P.M. Mackintosh
Free Malaysia Today, 11 June 2024
41. America’s ‘breaking’ and ‘building’ of the world order
Jin Kai
ThinkChina, 10 June 2024
42. Taiwan’s quest for global economic integration despite CPTPP hurdles
Min-Hua Chiang, Non-Resident Fellow, Taiwan Studies Programme, University of Nottingham, UK
ThinkChina, 10 June 2024

East/South China Sea

43. China’s 3-pronged maritime threat rattles Japan, Philippines and Taiwan
Andrew Sharp
Nikkei Asia, 11 June 2024
44. Bolstering the Sierra Madre
Segundo Eclar Romero
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 June 2024

Climate Change/Environment

45. Vietnam eyes greener power but banks on coal to avert blackouts
Business Times, 11 June 2024
46. Embracing a just energy transition: ASEAN’s path to a sustainable future
Dara Nasution and Frederick Kliem
Jakarta Post, 10 June 2024
47. Indonesian fertilizer maker eyes ‘clean’ ammonia for East Asia
Erwida Maulia
Nikkei Asia, 10 June 2024
48. Renewable Energy in Singapore: Sources, Plan and Strategy
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 9 June 2024
49. Climate Change in Singapore: Impact, Response and Goals
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 9 June 2024
50. Renewable Energy in Indonesia – Current State, Opportunities and Challenges
Viktor Tachev
Energy Tracker Asia, 9 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

51. From China to Singapore, Asia’s AI policy ‘gaps’ pose headaches for business
Dylan Loh and Cissy Zhou
Nikkei Asia, 10 June 2024
52. Coping with a cyber brain drain
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8 June 2024

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