Daily News on Southeast Asia – 20 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 PacificEast/South China Sea | Climate Change/Environment | Media, Technology & Society | Others


1. Five Decades On, Cambodia Is Taking Ownership of Its Troubled Past
Peter Maguire
Diplomat, 19 June 2024
2. Kingdom signs defence MoU with Russia
Niem Chheng
Phnom Penh Post, 19 June 2024


3. Sri Mulyani Key to Smooth Transition from Jokowi to Prabowo Administration
Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar
Jakarta Globe, 20 June 2024
4. Concessions for religious groups may pit them against locals
Azeem Marhendra Amedi
Jakarta Post, 20 June 2024
5. Managing the Escalating Tides: Indonesia’s Record-Breaking Collective Violence Incidents in 2023
Farhan Julianto, Research Assistant, Pieter Pandie (Researcher, Centre for Strategic and International Studies)
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (Indonesia), 19 June 2024
6. Does Indonesia Need A Standalone Hajj Ministry?
Jakarta Globe, 19 June 2024
7. Economist Advises Indonesia Against Joining BRICS as Malaysia Seeks Membership
Jayanty Nada Shofa
Jakarta Globe, 19 June 2024
8. Pro-Prabowo parties to reunite for regional elections
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024
9. How Indonesia’s cyberspace entrenches oligarchic power
Ary Hermawan
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024
10. PKB eyeing ex-NU East Java head for governor
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024
11. Developers lobby govt to expand low-cost housing program
Divya Karyza
Jakarta Post, 19 June 2024
12. PKS Dinilai dalam Dilema Pilih Usung Anies atau Ridwan Kamil untuk Pilgub Jakarta [PKS in Dilemma Choosing to Support Anies or Ridwan Kamil for Jakarta Gubernatorial Election]
Republika, 19 June 2024
13. Jakarta Scraps Tax Exemption for Property Below Rp2bn Due to Capital Relocation: Observer
Tempo, 19 June 2024
14. Prabowo-Gibran Govt’s Debt Burden Estimated at Rp1,300tn per Year: IDEAS
Tempo, 19 June 2024
15. Lonjakan pencari kerja menuju Jakarta: pentingnya antisipasi pengangguran dan wilayah kumuh [Job seekers surge to Jakarta: the importance of anticipating unemployment and slums]
Pinto Buana Putra, Research associate di Institute for Democracy and Welfarism (IDW) Jogja, Universitas Gadjah Mada
The Conversation, 19 June 2024


16. Temporary egg subsidies welcome; broader food security issues must be addressed: CAP
Audrey Dermawan
New Straits Times, 20 June 2024
17. Ekonomi Malaysia di landasan tak betul – Muhyiddin [Malaysia’s economy on the wrong track – Muhyiddin]
Utusan Malaysia, 20 June 2024
18. 中美之间,安华如何走钢线?[How does Anwar walk the fine line between China and the United States?]
星洲网, 20 June 2024
19. Fresh Malaysian durians will make their way to China as trade deals signed during Premier Li’s visit
AP News, 19 June 2024
20. Anwar hails Malaysia-China partnership for boosting local industries via ECRL project
Star, 19 June 2024
21. What are the M’sia-China MOUs?
Star, 19 June 2024
22. Lessons for Anwar from diesel subsidy cut
Ooi Tze Howe
The Malaysian Insight, 19 June 2024
23. ‘Tidak cukup Islamkah saya untuk bercakap tentang agama?’ [‘Am I not Muslim enough to talk about religion?’]
Utusan Malaysia, 19 June 2024
24. 柴油政治:慕尤丁会做得更好吗?[Diesel politics: Would Muhyiddin have done better?]
星洲网, 16 June 2024
25. Malaysia’s semiconductor ecosystem amid geopolitical flux
[32-page PDF document]
Farlina Said and Angeline Tan
Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, 1 April 2024


26. China Dispatches Top Envoy to Myanmar as Threats to its Interests Rise Again
Irrawaddy, 19 June 2024
27. As She Turns 79 in Prison, ‘The Lady’ Remains a Symbol of Hope and Resilience in Myanmar
Khin Nadi
Irrawaddy, 19 June 2024


28. Battle lines drawn as Philippine V-P quits, severing Marcos-Duterte union ahead of mid-term polls
Mara Cepeda
Straits Times, 19 June 2024


29. Expelling junta ghosts
Bangkok Post, 20 June 2024
30. Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin is in trouble again as he’s indicted for royal defamation
Associated Press
Asahi Shimbun (AJW), 19 June 2024
31. Thaksin & Puea Thai: The Law of Diminishing Returns
William J. Jones
Geopolitical Monitor, 19 June 2024
32. Pheu Thai faces tough battle ahead amid political, economic turmoil
The Nation, 19 June 2024
33. Senate poll: Clans rule upcountry, democracy in Bangkok
The Nation, 19 June 2024
34. DP World CEO to meet Thai PM for talks on THB1-trn land bridge
The Nation, 19 June 2024
35. Analysis – Coalition combination likely to see some rejigging after Constitutional Court’s ruling on Srettha’s fate
Thanaphum Charoensombatpanich
Thai Enquirer, 17 June 2024


36. Putin in Vietnam, seeking to strengthen ties in Southeast Asia while Russia’s isolation deepens
AP News, 20 June 2024
37. Commentary: What does Vietnam stand to gain from welcoming Russia’s Putin
[This commentary first appeared on ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute’s blog, Fulcrum.]
Hoang Thi Ha
CNA, 20 June 2024
38. Vietnam’s ‘bamboo diplomacy’ triumphs with visits from Biden, Xi and now Putin
A. Anantha Lakshmi
Financial Times, 20 June 2024
39. Vietnam ‘torn’ as embattled Putin visits
Lien Hoang
Nikkei Asia, 20 June 2024
40. Putin arrives in Vietnam as Russia seeks support in face of Western isolation
Helen Regan
CNN, 19 June 2024
41. Why Is Putin Traveling to Vietnam?
Sui-Lee Wee
New York Times, 19 June 2024
42. Mendicant monk Thích Minh Tuệ offers an embarrassing contrast to Vietnam elites
Zachary Abuza
Radio Free Asia, 19 June 2024
43. Vietnam to host Putin in nod to old ties, risking ire of West
Francesco Guarascio
Reuters, 19 June 2024
44. Politburo accepts resignation of Hanoi Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung
VietNamNet, 19 June 2024
45. Putin’s visit puts Vietnam in ‘difficult position’ with ‘no breakthrough,’ experts say
Thuc Pham
VOA, 19 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

46. Global Halal Standardisation and Muslim Diversity
Eva F Nisa
Australian Institute of International Affairs, 19 June 2024
47. Putin’s visit to Vietnam casts spotlight on Russia’s influence in Southeast Asia
Tung Ngo & Louisa Tang
CNA, 19 June 2024
48. ‘Like slaves’: Myanmar workers trafficked to Laos scam hub
Ya Nwe and Andrew Nachemson
Frontier Myanmar, 19 June 2024

Asia Pacific

49. Jadikan Asia Tenggara, Amerika Selatan, Afrika maju seperti China [Make Southeast Asia, South America, Africa as advanced as China]
Utusan Malaysia, 20 June 2024
50. 俄外交东转南进全面提速 [Russia’s “shift eastward and advance southward” diplomacy accelerates across the board]
环球网, 20 June 2024
51. Shaping Northeast Asia’s Security Dynamics: Charting an East Asian Community
Marty Natalegawa
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 19 June 2024

East/South China Sea

52. South China Sea: Philippines worries ‘friendly’ Vietnam’s reclamation could escalate row
Maria Siow
South China Morning Post, 20 June 2024
53. Philippines demands return of firearms confiscated by Chinese during sea encounter
Jason Gutierrez
Benar News, 19 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

54. Understanding the Landscape of Online Reviews in Indonesia from the Perspectives of Platforms and Consumers
Muhammad Nidhal, Sharfina Indrayadi, Louis Budiman, and Aang Sutrisna
Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), 20 June 2024

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