ASEAN news headlines at 10 p.m. Friday (January 4, 2022)


Malaysia:

Covid-19 Watch: New Covid-19 cases climb to 7,234 new daily cases

Covid-19: New cases in Sabah nearly double to 909

More than 12.1 million adults in Malaysia have received a booster dose of Covid-19

Malaysia’s total trade rises 5.5% in December

BNM promotes conditions for the financial sector to go digital

Shortage of eggs due to backlog of stocks and longer holidays, ministry says

Najib hits back at Muhyiddin, says Bersatu undermined Barisan in Sabah polls

Stop talking about Sabah polls, focus on political stability instead, Muhyiddin tells Najib

Possible resurgence of Covid-19 to have a less severe impact on the manufacturing sector

Anti-corruption activist says information in articles about Azam Baki comes from confirmed sources

PM: Eight measures adopted to improve disaster management

Dr M is still receiving treatment but is allowed to go home

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) said its US$3.3 billion (S$4.45 billion) expansion of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is set to complete in 2026, one year after its 2025 deadline, while the casino giant is betting on a recovery in tourism. – The Straits Times/ANN

Singapore:

More than 192,000 children in Singapore receive a Covid-19 blow; 2 vaccination centers to be closed

Singapore companies confident amid Omicron wave plan to make hybrid work permanent

Singapore: Convicted rapist who failed to appear for sentencing was found dead hours before court hearing

Singapore retail sales grow 11% in 2021, ending 3-year decline

Singapore in strong position to further ease Covid-19 restrictions: experts

Singapore companies confident amid Omicron wave plan to make hybrid work permanent

‘Unmasked’ Briton charged with obstruction

Oil extends gains above $90/barrel as winter storm sweeps across US

Stocks forecast weekly rise on rising earnings, but rate hikes loom

Asian markets ignore massive tech sell-off on Wall Street

Indonesia:

Indonesia records 32,211 Covid-19 cases, highest in nearly six months; 42 additional deaths were also reported on Friday (February 4)

Indonesia declares two villages anthrax red zones after livestock die

Indonesian Prime Minister Jokowi calls for ‘immediate’ review of virus measures amid Covid-19 spike

Indonesia appoints Investment Minister Bahlil to double as acting energy minister

“Bersiap” reveals the historic divide between the Netherlands and Indonesia

Indonesia Q4 2021, GDP up by almost 5% thanks to exports, consumption improving

Bali is finally opening up to foreigners

OPEC+ has still not reached its target

Two ships cruise near the Anak Krakatau volcano as it spews ash into the air during an eruption in the Sunda Strait between the Java and Sumatra islands on Friday (February 4, 2022).  -AFPTwo ships cruise near the Anak Krakatau volcano as it spews ash into the air during an eruption in the Sunda Strait between the Java and Sumatra islands on Friday (February 4, 2022). -AFP

Thailand:

Thai consumer inflation up 3.23% in January as nearly 10,000 Covid-19 cases are recorded on Friday (February 4)

Thai army chief commits to bilateral peace and security relations with Cambodia

Thailand moves to resume worker flow to Saudi Arabia

Thai Gulf Energy to seal crypto JV with Binance in Q2

Thailand records 9,909 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths

Rangers ride horses to fight human traffickers

No contaminated seafood has yet been found after major oil spill

The FDA will consider a vaccine for children over three years old

Philippines:

Philippines maintains steady decline with 8,564 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (February 4)

Philippines Passes Law to Curb Anonymous Social Media Abuse

Pacquiao of the Philippines vows to oust Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth if president

Emerging markets: Philippine peso retreats as inflation eases, but Thai baht rises and dominates Asian currencies

Pharmally and the President’s Men: Inquirer

Philippines resets child vaccination date

“Be careful with your medical waste”

Local residents wait to receive Pfizer vaccines at the central vaccination center in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, February 4, 2022. – APLocal residents wait to receive Pfizer vaccines at the central vaccination center in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, February 4, 2022. – AP

Vietnam:

Vietnam reports 11,594 new Covid-19 cases as total exceeds 2.3 million infections on Friday (February 4)

Vietnam: Tet (Lunar New Year) travel boom makes tour operators happy in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese nationals arrested in England after cannabis raid

Vietnam’s leather and footwear industry sets export target of US$25 billion for 2022

Samsung to build Vietnam’s first combined-cycle power plant

Lunar New Year travel boom makes Vietnamese tour operators happy

Searching for Ko-nia seeds improves the life of the Gia Lai

Burma:

Myanmar villagers say army troops burned 400 homes

Myanmar court postpones two hearings in Suu Kyi trial

Myanmar junta files eleventh corruption charge against Suu Kyi

Myanmar reports 28 more Omicron infections

Myanmar plans its own digital currency this year to boost economy

Shadow government abandons protest

Drug trafficking cases increase for a year since the military coup

No progress, no entry into ASEAN

A child holding a balloon during the Lunar New Year celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam.  -ReuterA child holding a balloon during the Lunar New Year celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam. -Reuter

Cambodia:

Cambodian government extends cash assistance to laid-off workers 64 more Omicron cases confirmed on Friday (February 4)

Some 950,000 travelers were registered in Cambodia during the Lunar New Year; 6% more than last year

Cambodian police launch investigation into Mondulkiri killings

Hun Sen’s guards will be tried in France for the 1997 attack

Hiding Covid-19 infection is a crime, says city governor

Laos:

Laos students return to class despite Covid-19 pandemic

Laos has now reduced the quarantine period for visitors to seven days

Laos undergoes a reshuffle at the head

Brunei:

Brunei’s potential tourist attractions have been identified and enhanced, says Tourism Minister

Cases rise again as Brunei reports 200 new Covid19 cases, total now at 16,891

Brunei is committed to closing the cancer care gap

China's team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Beijing.  - PAChina’s team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Beijing. – PA

AseanPlus:

Members of India’s parliament observe silence in memory of flood victims in Malaysia

A “unique” opening ceremony should lift the veil on the Beijing Winter Games

Beijing Olympics organizers report 21 new Covid cases, up from 55 a day earlier

Americans support diplomatic boycott of Olympics, view China negatively, Pew poll finds

South Korea reports record 27,443 new Covid-19 cases, deaths remain low

Beijing opposes US removal of Chinese telecom firm

Wall St ends winning run as Facebook forecast halts tech-driven recovery

China set to kill romance-themed boy-love dramas as part of wider crackdown on entertainment industry

Asian markets rise mostly as Hong Kong reopens, eyes on US jobs

The UN has millions in the bank in Afghanistan, but cannot use them

India reports more than 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, experts count millions more

North Korean Olympics message could signal halt to missile testing: analysts

North Korea’s Kim calls Olympics a ‘great victory’ for China, calls for better relations

Toshiba to invest $1 billion to double production of electronic chips

Japan’s Severe Covid Cases Hit 4-Month High; record infections

Race to send vaccines and medical aid as Covid-19 reaches Pacific islands

Heart transplant gives teenager another chance at life for Lunar New Year after six-month battle with cardiovascular disease in Hong Kong hospital

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