ASEAN news headlines at 9 p.m. Saturday (May 21, 2022)

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Malaysia:

* Covid-19: No more free jabs for kids after May 31, says deputy minister

* Covid-19 surveillance: 1,099,250 children in Malaysia fully vaccinated

* Government plans to close kindergartens and nurseries to prevent spread of HFMD

* Malaysia raises alarm over lowest SEA Games ranking in 40 years

* Kleptocrats will jeopardize country’s future, says Muhyiddin

* US companies agree to invest RM16.25bn in Malaysia, Azmin says after trade mission

* MoD to announce initiatives for veterans, says Hisham

* The police and the AADK are asked to monitor the use of vaping among students

* The government will send chicken stocks to states that have supply problems

* Pejuang in talks with all parties in Sabah on possible cooperation ahead of GE15

* Authorities must take action regarding dissemination of Syiah teachings via Quran apps, says Hamzah

* Datuk remanded for six days following investigation into crude palm oil sales tax evasion case

Fireworks explode as people watch the “Spectra” light and water show along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront in Singapore on Saturday, May 21, 2022. – AFP

Singapore:

* China eases Covid-19 testing rules for travelers from Singapore

* Improved wildlife management framework to reduce the risk of human-wildlife conflicts in Singapore

* No new cases of monkeypox in Singapore, but doctors must be vigilant, says Ministry of Health

* Singapore still rules the Chinese futures market as Hong Kong closes in

* Singapore: A 56-year-old man wielding a knife in Boon Lay Place was tasered and arrested after allegedly accusing police

* SG victims lose S$466,000 to scammers posing as e-commerce platform staff

* Newspaper (The Straits Times) launches Stop Scams microsite

Indonesia

* Singapore and Indonesia have close ties and can do more together in green and digital economy, says Lawrence Wong in Jakarta

* Palm oil slump set to worsen after Indonesia lifts export ban

* Supporters of controversial Indonesian preacher denied access to Singapore protests in Jakarta, Medan

* Indonesia recognizes Singapore’s right to ban inflammatory preacher

* Recriminations fly as Indonesia resumes palm oil exports

* Indonesia’s Garuda benefits from an extension of its debt restructuring

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Thailand:

*Thai children ages 6-11 will only need half an adult dose of Moderna, according to the vaccine supplier

* US leads others to quit APEC talks in Bangkok on Russian invasion of Ukraine

* Covid-19 cases in Thailand continue to decline; only 5,377 infections and 37 deaths recorded on Saturday (May 21)

* Thai government reopens entertainment venues to attract tourists

* Monkeypox on the radar in Thailand

* Bangkok will choose a new governor

Philippines:

* More golden glitter in weightlifting for the Philippines at the SEA Games – always smiling, Vanessa Sarno sets new golden lift games records

* Philippines detects first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.4

* Philippines Department of Health denies cases of Omicron variants in Batangas

* Philippines raises rate while signaling gradual normalization

* The US Navy ship will be named after a Filipino sailor

A young Vietnamese fan waves a flag in support of Vietnamese Thi Tinh Hoang during her women's 48kg judo semifinal match against Indonesia's Meli Rosita Marta at Hoai Duc Stadium, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday May 21.  -ReutersA young Vietnamese fan waves a flag in support of Vietnamese Thi Tinh Hoang during her women’s 48kg judo semifinal match against Indonesia’s Meli Rosita Marta at Hoai Duc Stadium, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday May 21. -Reuters

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 1,457 new Covid-19 cases; Hanoi remains the hotspot of the pandemic with 370 new infections on Saturday May 21

* Vietnam to present national development strategies at 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos, says ambassador

* Cubs rescued from wildlife trade in Vietnam

* Vietnam sacks head of country’s main stock exchange for ‘wrongdoing’

* Former health official jailed in anti-corruption campaign

Burma:

* Penang MMEA holds two barter vessels from Myanmar

* Myanmar reports only 17 new Covid-19 cases

* Myanmar leader begins peace talks with ethnic militias

* Malaysia ‘violated anti-terror agreements’ by meeting with NUG officials, Myanmar junta spokesman says

* The Aussie binds on shaky ground

Vietnamese Trieu Van Long attempts a shot during the men's handball match against Thailand at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi, Saturday, May 21, 2022. - AFPVietnamese Trieu Van Long attempts a shot during the men’s handball match against Thailand at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi, Saturday, May 21, 2022. – AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says fifth dose of Covid-19 vaccinations will start on June 9

* Political parties launch campaigns for communal elections in Cambodia

* The world must “redouble its efforts” for multilateralism

* Nation expects one million tourists this year

Laos:

* Vietnam agrees to help Laos build a new public park in capital Vientiane

* Best Indian Biographical Film directed by popular Alia Bhatt, a surprise hit in Laos and Thailand

* Mekong levels are higher after low flow, drought

Brunei:

* Booster coverage is approaching 70% in Brunei; The Ministry of Health reports 262 new cases of Covid-19

* Brunei minister calls for boosting intra-ASEAN trade and investment

* Second recall under consideration, says minister

U.S. President Joe Biden (center) participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea.  - PAU.S. President Joe Biden (center) participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea. – PA

AseanPlus:

* Australian Prime Minister Morrison concedes, ending nearly a decade of Tory rule

* South Korea, U.S. promise new steps to deter North Korea, expand economic partnership

* S.Korea’s Biden and Yoon set to discuss nuclear cooperation, N.Korea

* North Korea reports more than 200,000 fever cases for 5th day amid Covid-19 surge

* Japanese Prime Minister Kishida calls China’s development in the East China Sea ‘unacceptable’

* World’s most expensive car: Vintage Mercedes fetches record $142 million at auction

* Shanghai lockdown: City finds three new community infections even as death toll drops to zero as road to reopening fraught with risk

* Planting “Spring Letters”: A Chinese artist in Guangzhou covered drab walls with felt flowers

* Journalist’s Diary: During the seventh consecutive week of Shanghai’s lockdown, I feel like I’m living in a parallel universe

* Chinese robot unicorn Hai Robotics eyes international expansion as warehouse automation market grows

* South Korea seeks to break China’s import dependence and establish ‘supply chain alliances’

* U.S. lawmakers consider actions to boost support for Taiwan

* Hong Kong officials are in line for a record pay rise. Is it time to rethink how salary increases are determined?

* Control of Arm China stake could shift to little-known entity as chip joint venture ownership saga drags on

* Sino-Australian relations: Canberra’s ‘fear of appearing weak’ suggests there is no relief for exporters

* New cases discovered beyond lockdown zones in Shanghai

* New legal interpretation on wildlife protection published

* Analysis-Tesla brand threatened by harassment complaint from Musk, critic of Democrats

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