Asean news headlines at 9 p.m. on Friday June 18


Covid-19: 6,440 new cases Friday (June 18)

Sunway University ranked best private university in Malaysia

FDI at its lowest since 2009 due to pandemic

National Budget Office: a more secure economy to open in stages

Ismail Sabri: 106 factories ordered to close for non-compliance with SOPs

Minister of the Interior: most enforcement officers are now vaccinated against Covid-19

MMC will suspend all temporary registration certificates for medical degrees with discrepancies

Covid-19: Malaysia hits new high with 221,706 vaccines administered nationwide

Factory operators who abused Miti’s letters slapped 10 reviews composed for a total of RM 189,500

Lotus Malaysia launches flagship stores in Penang, Johor

High recording peaks as vaccinations ramp up

Insap think tank suggests seven more pillars for national recovery plan, focused on well-being and livelihoods


Singapore sees day one rush for Sinovac vaccine; while 16 cases of Covid-19 were announced on Friday June 18

Switzerland is ahead of Singapore in the IMD’s global competitiveness ranking; first time in 33 years for the Swiss

Singapore calibrates reopening plans, dinner will resume but limited to two people

HSBC: regional hubs Malaysia and Singapore for green financing

DBS investigates duplicate deductions reported by credit and debit card users in Singapore

Asian stocks mostly rise as markets digest Fed moves

A lecturer fired for serious misconduct following racist remarks


Indonesia reports highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since late January; 12,990 cases Friday (June 18)

Emerging markets: Indonesian stocks drop 2% amid wave of viruses, yields peak in two months

Garuda Defers Debt Payment Again Amid Funding Shortage

Indonesia adopts tapping rhetoric, keeps benchmark interest rates at record highs

WHO warns of new wave from Indonesia fueled by virus variants

Indonesia gets $ 800 million loan from World Bank to reform policy


Three million Chinese shots are headed for Thailand, PM says as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in country

Thailand further eases dining restrictions at restaurants despite high number of cases

Over 60% of Thai residents in Phuket have received Covid-19 vaccine as island ready to reopen

Bank Negara and Bank of Thailand launch cross-border QR payment link

Thailand targets full reopening in 120 days to revive economy

Three officials transferred for extortion


Philippines Covid-19 cases total nearly 1.35 million as government allows more health workers to travel abroad

Digital nomads flee virus-stricken Manila for shattered tourist towns

Philippines allows more nurses and doctors to go abroad to work

Filipino ex-mayor arrested killed after seizing police gun

The weather office partners with TikTok

Duterte is considering a veep offer


Ho Chih Minh City topped Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally on Friday June 18 with biggest daily increase

Vietnam urges WHO to step up COVAX campaign as country’s Covid-19 cases reach record high

Vietnam introduces national code of conduct for social media

Vietnam reports daily record of new Covid-19 cases Thursday evening (June 17)

Vietnam calls for early completion of ASEAN travel corridor arrangement

6 million additional doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to arrive in Vietnam in Q3


UN Assembly to vote resolution condemning Burmese junta

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

Covid-19 infections reach nearly 148,000 in Myanmar

American journalist detained in Myanmar appears in special court

The United States has still not granted access to the American Danny Fenster detained in Myanmar

“The troops set fire to the village of Magway”


Cambodia: 30,000 bottles of dong quai wine destroyed after seven deaths; large drug seizure by cops

Cambodia’s Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise as 799 new cases are confirmed

World Bank announces Cambodian economy to rebound 4% this year


Laos Covid-19 task force reports virus continues to be transmitted through close patient contact

Vaccinated travelers must still comply with Covid-19 measures to enter Laos

Laos: no travel privilege even with two doses of vaccine, senior official says

Covid-19 vaccine offered to foreign nationals


A digital technology showcase in Brunei

Civil service is key to Brunei’s growth and development, minister says

China, ASEAN pledge to make efforts to safeguard regional peace


Japan Inc Joins Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign As Olympics Loom

China’s Shenzhou-12 mission further contributes to manned space exploration

Dalian Wanda scion accused of abusive texting to online celebrity

Five Apple Daily executives arrested on national security grounds, newspaper shutdown “cannot be ruled out”

Guangzhou’s fight against Delta variant sounds alarm bells for other cities in preventing variant strains, experts say

Chinese market rebound in second half looks unlikely as tightening policy will dampen recovery, according to BCA Research

Biden, Putin call Geneva talks “positive”, “constructive”, but differences have emerged over degree of cooperation

US to counter China’s “malicious” influence on United Nations, senior official says

Restrictions needed, but full technological decoupling between the US and China doesn’t make sense, says US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

Launch of a long stay mission in space

Asian banks face staff retention issues

The head of the Olympic Games-Tokyo 2020 on a possible collision with a spectator expert

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