Daily News on Southeast Asia – 12 Jun 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 Pacific | East/South China Sea | Climate Change/Environment | Media, Technology & Society | Others


1. Fresh call for constitutional amendment splits House
Dio Suhenda
Jakarta Post, 12 June 2024
2. Indonesia and world should welcome new ‘foreign-policy president’
Endy Bayuni
Jakarta Post, 12 June 2024
3. Apakah ormas keagamaan punya kapasitas untuk menambang? [Do religious organizations have the capacity to mine?]
La Husen Zuada, Lecturer in Government Science, Universitas Tadulako
The Conversation, 12 June 2024
4. Membangun Kemampuan Digital UMK yang Berdaya Saing dan Inklusif di Daerah [Building Competitive and Inclusive MSE Digital Capabilities in the Regions]
[Link to 40-page PDF]
Adinova Fauri, Dandy Rafitrandi, F. B. Hirawan, Futy Ichiradinda M., Jeremy Samuel Ngadiman, Raymond Atje
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (Indonesia), 11 June 2024
5. Jokowi Spills Plans of Pertamina Expansion to Brazil, Bulog’s Rice Acquisition in Cambodia
Tempo, 11 June 2024


6. Bersama has entered the arena if only because Muda has evanesced
Terence Netto
Free Malaysia Today, 12 June 2024
7. Malaysians are more confident of Putin and Xi on the world stage compared to Macron or Biden, Pew survey shows
Hajar Umira Md Zaki
Malay Mail Online, 12 June 2024
8. Bersatu to file notices to vacate rebel reps’ seats this week
Shakira Buang
Malaysiakini, 12 June 2024
9. Gerakan slams RM18m ‘vote buying’ allocation ahead of Sg Bakap polls
Malaysiakini, 12 June 2024
10. RM4 billion savings from diesel subsidy cuts not going to fund ministerial allowances: Malaysia PM Anwar
CNA, 11 June 2024
11. Penang’s LRT decision, the result of comprehensive evaluation
Free Malaysia Today, 11 June 2024
12. Wholesalers, suppliers raise prices after diesel surges 56% under new subsidy scheme
Malaysia Now, 11 June 2024
13. Malaysia’s poster boy state
Brian Martin
Star, 7 June 2024


14. Junta Boss Blames Myanmar People’s ‘Destructive Mindset’ for Post-Coup Chaos
Irrawaddy, 11 June 2024


15. Probing the Philippines’ foreign interference problem
Michael Yusingco, Ateneo de Manila University
East Asia Forum, 12 June 2024
16. Philippines says China poses ‘existential’ threat in South China Sea
A. Anantha Lakshmi
Financial Times, 12 June 2024
17. Bid to ban Pogos gaining ground
Ma. Reina Leanne Tolentino and Bernadette E. Tamayo
Manila Times, 12 June 2024
18. Pogo operations near PH military bases should be stopped–Teodoro
John Eric Mendoza
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12 June 2024
19. From Bananas to Batteries, Philippines Seeks More Japan, US Deals
Cliff Harvey Venzon and Manolo Serapio Jr
Bloomberg, 11 June 2024
20. There Is No ‘Secret Agreement’ Between China and the Philippines on Second Thomas Shoal
Christian Schultheiss
Diplomat, 11 June 2024
21. AFP: Chinese military uniforms found in Pogo building could be props
Martin Sadongdong
Manila Bulletin, 11 June 2024
22. Philippine flag pledge slammed as ‘repugnant’ with links to Japanese occupation
Raissa Robles
South China Morning Post, 11 June 2024


23. Factory closures a growing concern
Somruedi Banchongduang
Bangkok Post, 12 June 2024
24. Thailand’s MFP Remains Defiant as Crucial Court Decision Looms
Sebastian Strangio
Diplomat, 11 June 2024


25. Vietnam War-affected Dong Nai transforms into economic hub
Akane Okutsu
Nikkei Asia, 12 June 2024
26. E-commerce industry on road to meeting US$35 billion revenue target in 2025
Voice of Vietnam, 11 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

27. Ukraine peace summit: Asean divided over attendance amid fears of ‘missing the boat’
Maria Siow
South China Morning Post, 12 June 2024
28. Non-interference policy: ASEAN needs robust approach to regional crises – experts
Nabilah Saleh
Bernama, 11 June 2024
29. How will the EU elections impact Southeast Asia?
David Hutt
DW, 11 June 2024
30. Southeast Asia Economy: Waiting for Green Investments
[Link to 171-page PDF “Southeast Asia’s Green Economy 2024 Report“]
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
31. Southeast Asia’s support for Israel is waning
Matthias Müller
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11 June 2024
32. Thailand’s rail network to link to Laos-China high-speed train
Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat
Nikkei Asia, 11 June 2024
33. Taiwan’s economic pivot towards Southeast Asia could help maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait
[Originally published here on Fulcrum]
Hoang Thi Ha and Pham Thi Phuong Thao
ThinkChina, 11 June 2024

East/South China Sea

34. CNA Correspondent Podcast: Journey to the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea
[A 24-minute podcast]
CNA, 12 June 2024
35. China’s defense ministry says Dutch ship incident ‘heinous’
Asahi Shimbun (AJW), 11 June 2024

Climate Change/Environment

36. Srettha pushes data centre strategy using renewables
Bangkok Post, 12 June 2024
37. AI’s looming climate cost: Energy demand surges amid data center race
Yifan Yu
Nikkei Asia, 12 June 2024
38. Solar Energy in the Philippines – Current State and Future
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
39. Hydropower in the Philippines – Role and Future
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
40. Wind Energy in the Philippines – Present and Future
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
41. Types of Hydrogen: Grey, Blue and Green
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
42. Energy Crisis in the Philippines and Asia
Heba Hashem
Energy Tracker Asia, 11 June 2024
43. Singapore study links air pollution to 135 million premature deaths
Agence France-Presse
South China Morning Post, 11 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

44. Malaysia Is Looking to AI to Get Its Mojo Back
Daniel Moss
Bloomberg, 12 June 2024


Global Economy
45. Dollar Dominance In The International Reserve System – Analysis
Serkan Arslanalp, Barry Eichengreen and Chima Simpson-Bell
Eurasia Review, 12 June 2024

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