Daily News on Southeast Asia – 21 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. Cambodia’s autonomy enhanced by defence ties with South Korea
Sokvy Rim
ThinkChina, 20 June 2024


2. Is it time for MPR to amend the 1945 Constitution?
D. Nicky Fahrizal
Jakarta Post, 21 June 2024
3. New task force goes all in against online gambling
Nur Janti
Jakarta Post, 21 June 2024
4. Investors seek high return from govt-private apartment project in IKN
Yohana Belinda
Jakarta Post, 21 June 2024
5. Indonesia’s political families tighten their grip, but voters have other more pressing problems
Hariz Baharudin
Straits Times, 21 June 2024
6. Could liberating education be the solution to Indonesia’s democratic backsliding?
Nurhadi Hafman, United Nations System Staff College
East Asia Forum, 20 June 2024
7. Golkar backs Bobby’s bid for North Sumatra governor
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 20 June 2024
8. Prabowo awarded police’s highest meritorious service star
Yerica Lai
Jakarta Post, 20 June 2024
9. Fate of Indonesia’s Nusantara in doubt again as Prabowo skirts around Widodo legacy project
Resty Woro Yuniar
South China Morning Post, 20 June 2024


10. BRICS’ Still Distant Gap With The West – Analysis
Collins Chong Yew Keat
Eurasia Review, 21 June 2024
11. PH and PN set for showdown over 4 polling centres in Sungai Bakap
Nora Mahpar
Free Malaysia Today, 21 June 2024
12. Malaysia: Pushing the chips in on neutrality
Peter Brian M. Wang, Rahul Mishra
Interpreter, 21 June 2024
13. New party Urimai questions delay in registration, says might take RoS, Home Ministry to court
John Bunyan
Malay Mail Online, 21 June 2024
14. Global Infrastructure Partners: BlackRock is not involved in MAHB privatisation
Malay Mail Online, 21 June 2024
15. Dewan Rakyat speaker to decide fate of expelled Bersatu MPs: Anwar
Fuad Nizam
New Straits Times, 21 June 2024
16. Umno Youth has grown lethargic, unattractive, says former party exco
Salhan K. Ahmad
The Malaysian Insight, 21 June 2024
17. China’s No. 2 wraps up Malaysia trip, marks golden jubilee of ties
Iman Muttaqin Yusof and Harry Pearl
Benar News, 20 June 2024
18. Malaysia’s tech sector soars in face of potential clash with US
Zachary Abuza
Benar News, 20 June 2024
19. Rundingan berterusan langkah terbaik selesai kemelut MA63 [Ongoing negotiations are the best way to resolve the MA63 crisis]
Mohd Nasaruddin Parzi
Berita Harian, 20 June 2024
20. Taiwan circuit board materials maker sets up RM900mil Penang factory
Predeep Nambiar
Free Malaysia Today, 20 June 2024
21. Malaysia’s bid for Brics and global economic balance
Rais Hussin
Malaysiakini, 20 June 2024
22. Full Text: Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and Malaysia on Deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership towards China-Malaysia Community with a Shared Future
State Council of the People’s Republic of China, 20 June 2024


23. UniTeam’ unravels as Sara resigns
Francisco S. Tatad
Manila Times, 21 June 2024
24. Duterte allies ask Sara to lead them
Ryan D. Rosauro
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 June 2024
25. VP Duterte as opposition head? Not so fast, says LP
Krixia Subingsubing, Tina G. Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 June 2024
26. Sara, Raffy neck and neck as potential presidential candidates for 2028 elections, Tangere survey shows
Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Manila Bulletin, 20 June 2024


27. Container ships keep piling up at Singapore port, sending sea freight rates soaring
South China Morning Post, 21 June 2024


28. EC unfazed as candidates trade votes
Mongkol Bangprapa
Bangkok Post, 21 June 2024
29. MFP urged to tactically unite
Chairith Yonpiam
Bangkok Post, 21 June 2024
30. Thailand’s Brics move is misguided
Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Bangkok Post, 21 June 2024
31. Thailand’s political factions struggle to gain military influence
Marwaan Macan-Markar
Nikkei Asia, 21 June 2024
32. The army-backed establishment in Thailand goes after its enemies
Economist, 20 June 2024
33. As 250 junta-appointed senators bow out, a look into their legacy
The Nation, 20 June 2024
34. Star MPs being made in heat of budget battle
The Nation, 20 June 2024
35. 561 factories in Thailand shut their doors in 2024
The Nation, 20 June 2024



36. US to focus on deepening ties with Vietnam after Putin’s Hanoi visit
David Brunnstrom and Jasper Ward
Reuters, 21 June 2024
37. President Putin’s visit shows Russia still matters a lot to Vietnam
Tan Hui Yee
Straits Times, 21 June 2024
38. Nguyen Khac Giang on Russian leader Putin’s visit to Asia
[9-min interview]
CNA, 20 June 2024
39. Putin’s Trip to Vietnam: The Next Phase of Major Power Competition
Khang Vu
Diplomat, 20 June 2024
40. 3 Takeaways From Putin’s Trip to Vietnam
Sui-Lee Wee and Paul Sonne
New York Times, 20 June 2024
41. VN, Russia issue joint statement on deepening strategic partnership
VietNamNet, 20 June 2024
42. US asks Vietnam to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity
Nike Ching
VOA, 20 June 2024

ASEAN/Southeast Asia

43. Japan as a Bridge Between ASEAN and the OECD
Diplomat, 20 June 2024
44. MRC members see 61 projects along the Mekong River and its tributaries
Niem Chheng
Phnom Penh Post, 20 June 2024

Asia Pacific

45. Xi and Putin Score Wins as More Asian Leaders Want to Join BRICS
Philip Heijmans
Bloomberg, 21 June 2024
46. Russia-North Korea Pact: Indo-Pacific To Become ‘Most Militarized Zone’ As Putin Offers No Limit Support To Kim?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Eurasian Times, 21 June 2024
47. Has India defanged the Quad?
Chietigj Bajpaee
Interpreter, 21 June 2024
48. Russian President Putin on tour around Asia to prove he ‘still has friends’, say analysts
Calvin Yang
CNA, 20 June 2024
49. New Zealand ‘resets’ foreign policy on Indo-Pacific security: PM
Rurika Imahashi and Shoichiro Taguchi
Nikkei Asia, 20 June 2024
50. Chinese premier sees mixed success in Asia-Pacific charm offensive
Adam Hancock
VOA, 20 June 2024

East/South China Sea

51. High noon at Second Thomas Shoal
Euan Graham
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 21 June 2024
52. South China Sea tensions force US and Beijing to talk more
Laura Bicker
BBC, 21 June 2024
53. Philippines secretly reinforces ship at centre of South China Sea dispute
Demetri Sevastopulo
Financial Times, 21 June 2024
54. China Tests U.S. Red Lines With Attacks on Philippine Vessels
Keith Johnson,
Foreign Policy, 20 June 2024
55. Overcoming the deliberate legal ambiguity adopted by China’s coast guard
Peter Leavy
Interpreter, 20 June 2024

Climate Change/Environment

56. Policy flip-flops, overcapacity dull Indonesia’s ambitious solar energy goals
Elisa Valenta
Business Times, 21 June 2024
57. Philippines emerges as South-east Asia renewable power pacesetter
Straits Times, 21 June 2024
58. Water Pollution in the Philippines: Causes and Solutions
Eric Koons
Energy Tracker Asia, 20 June 2024

Media, Technology & Society

59. Ministry to block access to Elaelo.id, citing phishing concern
Alifia Sekar
Jakarta Post, 21 June 2024
60. Turning TikTok views into Malaysian votes
Han Jun Lim, The Australian National University
East Asia Forum, 20 June 2024
61. The danger of deepfakes is not what you think
John Thornhill
Financial Times, 20 June 2024
62. How Taiwan fights the disinformation war
Huynh Tam Sang, Tong Thai Thien, Le Thi Yen Nhi
Interpreter, 20 June 2024
63. More than 70% of content removal requests involved online gambling, scams, says MCMC
Straits Times, 20 June 2024
64. Are you brainwashed in the cognitive war of news reporting?
Peter Ong
ThinkChina, 20 June 2024
65. Five years of Pofma: How has the law been used to combat fake news?
Goh Yan Han
Straits Times, 19 June 2024


Global Economy
 66. West Asleep at the Wheel at the Dawn of ‘Cold War 2’
Nicola Stoev
Geopolitical Monitor, 19 June 2024

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