ASEAN news headlines at 9 p.m. Saturday (April 30, 2022)

Malaysia:

*Covid-19 watch: 831,523 M’sia children fully vaccinated

* Covid-19 surveillance: 2,579 new cases, according to the Ministry of Health

* Ministry of Internal Trade will carry out random checks in premises to enforce new Covid-19 rules, Nanta says

* New minimum wage will not apply to maids, says Saravanan

* The King and Queen send their condolences to the family of Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen

* Covid-19: Continue to use face masks in crowded open spaces, says Masidi

* Higher education institutes are not allowed to raise fees

* Former Defense Minister Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen has died aged 94

* Johor traders benefit as weaker ringgit attracts more Singaporeans, says MB

* Shafie calls on state government to curb rising cooking oil prices

* Aaron Chia-Wooi Yik and Zii Jia enter Asian Championships final

Festive lighting decorates the streets of Geylang Serai ahead of Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri), also known as Hari Raya Puasa, Singapore. -Reuter

Singapore:

*Singapore’s major banks beat quarterly profit estimates, but tread cautiously amid weak markets

* Police in Singapore and Malaysia bust two romance scam syndicates and arrest six African men in a joint operation

* More optimists than pessimists among Singaporean businesses on economic conditions, according to surveys

* Singapore: Indonesian maid faces death penalty after being charged with murder of 73-year-old man in Bishan

* Two Covid-19 cases in Singapore infected with new Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1

* Southeast Asian travel finally catches up as Covid-19 restrictions ease

* Singapore’s low-cost airline Scoot resumes flights to Kota Kinabalu

Indonesia

* Indonesia seeks Japan’s investment in new capital project

* US disapproves of Indonesia’s invitation to Putin for G20 summit

* Indonesian maids will get minimum wage of RM1,500 as per MoU, says Saravanan

* Indonesian leader Jokowi hopes for partnerships with Japan in renewable energy and infrastructure

* Return to destination for vacation

* 12 women killed in landslide at gold mine

* Indonesians splurge on Eid holiday after Covid restrictions end

Motorists move along a road in Surabaya on Saturday, April 30, 2022, as people head to their hometown to celebrate Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan .  -AFPMotorists move along a road in Surabaya on Saturday, April 30, 2022, as people head to their hometown to celebrate Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan . -AFP

Thailand:

* Thailand records 12,888 Covid-19 cases and 126 deaths on Saturday (April 30)

* Eight suspected killers of drug traffickers in a shooting spree in Chiang Rai, Thailand; 4.5 million methamphetamine pills seized

* Prominent law professor says Thai Prime Minister Prayut must step down by August 24

* Thailand offers an “Amazing Durian” virtual experience on the metaverse; aims the tour for tourists to explore durian farms

* Thai firm follows Malaysia’s Petronas in pulling out of Myanmar gas field project

* Thailand’s spike in inflation could tip the balance in favor of early rate hikes

* Simpler entry rules prevail

Philippines:

* Thriller in Manila: Japan’s top seed Yamaguchi beats aggrieved Sindhu over India to reach Asian final

* Presidential election campaign enters home stretch in Philippines

* Largest Philippine bank to sell ocean pollution bonds

* Leni Robredo’s One Woman Mission

* “Debate with a rival, no thanks”, says Marcos Jr

* Bridge collapse due to heavy traffic kills four people

a woman looks at children's clothes in a store ahead of the Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat province, southern Thailand.  -AFPa woman looks at children’s clothes in a store ahead of the Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Narathiwat province, southern Thailand. -AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam reports 5,109 new Covid-19 cases as Hanoi hotspot reports less than 1,000 cases on Saturday (April 30)

* Vietnam to replant, transplant 107,000ha of its famous coffee by 2025

* Launched tourism promotion clip to welcome fans and attendees to Vietnam SEA Games 31

* Opening of a spectacular glass-bottom bridge in Vietnam

* Vietnam’s CPI up 2.1% in first four months of 2022

Burma:

* Myanmar strives to establish forest fire prevention mechanism with China

* Myanmar further extends Covid-19 preventive measures until end of May

* Malaysia’s Petronas withdraws from Yetagun gas field in Myanmar

Indonesia's Jonatan Christie reacts after winning against his Indonesian opponent Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in their men's singles semifinal match at the 2022 Asian Badminton Championships in Muntinlupa, Philippines, Saturday, April 30, 2022. - APIndonesia’s Jonatan Christie reacts after winning against his Indonesian opponent Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in their men’s singles semifinal match at the 2022 Asian Badminton Championships in Muntinlupa, Philippines, Saturday, April 30, 2022. – AP

Cambodia:

* More than 21% of reptile species threatened with extinction, according to experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature

* International tourist arrivals in Q1 rise 125% as Cambodia reopens to travelers

* Rising fuel prices are pushing people to use public transport

Laos:

* A senior US official in charge of East Asian affairs will visit Laos and Cambodia

* Covid-19 cases in Laos top 200,000 but infections down despite holiday season

* Government pushing for full reopening

Brunei:

* New daily Covid-19 cases in Brunei hit triple digits again

* The people of Brunei are ready for a festive but cautious Hari Raya festival

* Outdoor masking is no longer mandatory in Brunei

Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed six-storey building in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province.  - Dozens of people were trapped under a collapsed building in central China, officials said on Saturday April 30, as rescuers searched through the rubble and used jigsaws to free several survivors.- AFPRescuers search for survivors in a collapsed six-storey building in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province. – Dozens of people were trapped under a collapsed building in central China, officials said on Saturday April 30, as rescuers searched through the rubble and used jigsaws to free several survivors.- AFP

AseanPlus:

* Shanghai marks key Covid-19c milestone, Beijing on high alert but cases in China plummet

* North Korea leader warns against ‘pre-emptive’ use of nuclear force, KCNA says

* April factory activity in China contracts amid Shanghai lockdown

* China sticks to strict border rules as Beijing steps up Covid-19 controls

* Coronavirus: China urged to be ‘more precise and scientific’ with checks as economic toll rises

* China’s big new infrastructure plan prioritizes national security amid ‘extreme conditions’ at home, abroad

* Inside Audi’s luxury self-driving electric van with lounge sofas

* Chinese authorities vow to crack down on scammers and Covid price hoarders as fear of Beijing lockdown grows

* Taiwan aims to learn lessons from Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Han Kuang’s annual war game

* HK has been urged to allow elderly travelers to quarantine at home after veteran actor Kenneth Tsang’s death at the hotel sparked calls for a review

* Food security in China: Beijing set to ‘revitalise’ seed industry as coronavirus and geopolitical tensions heighten supply fears

* ‘Innovation moves east’ as China racks up patents: official

* Lightning, explosions and plane crashes: the biggest myths about smartphones

* Seoul: Duo arrested for spying for North Korea

* GM’s largest R&D center outside the US comes down to South Korean talent

* Coronavirus: Limited flights and strict rules blamed for keeping foreigners away from Hong Kong

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