ASEAN

Vietnam’s envoy to Cambodia on PM Lee’s online remark: We have not forsaken lessons of history

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported yesterday (‘Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion‘, 5 Jun) that the Cambodian officials are unhappy with a recent online remark by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and decade-long occupation of Cambodia. Last Friday (31 May), while sending condolences to Thailand on the death of …

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Vietnam joins in to condemn PM Lee’s online remark

The VN Express reported today (5 Jun) that Ms Le Thi Thu Hang, spokeswoman for Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Vietnam “regrets” that PM Lee’s recent online statement did not reflect history objectively, causing negative public opinions. Ms Hang said her ministry has discussed with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the matter. VN Express is the first Vietnamese …

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Diplomatic rift mounting between Cambodia and SG over PM Lee’s remark on FB

It has been reported that the Cambodia’s Defence Minister General Tea Banh and Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) legislator Hun Many have both openly rebutted PM Lee Hsien Loong for his remarks regarding the “invasion” of Cambodia by the Vietnamese military in its bid to oust the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. Between 1975 and 1979, Cambodia was ruled under the …

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Indonesian teen defeats world surfing champ Medina in Bali

An Indonesian teenager pulled off a stunning upset Monday by defeating two-time surfing world champion Gabriel Medina in Bali. Granted a wildcard spot to compete in the World Surf League (WSL) event at Keramas beach on Bali’s east coast, 19-year-old Rio Waida quickly proved why he is considered Indonesia’s next big hope on the international stage. Waida scored a low …

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Indonesia remembers victims of IS-family suicide bombings

by Kiki Siregar An Indonesian church on Monday remembered the victims of suicide bombings carried out by an Islamic State-inspired family, one year on from the attacks that highlighted the extremist group’s global reach. On May 13 last year, a family of six — including two girls aged nine and 12 — blew themselves up at the Santa Maria Catholic …

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Dr Mahathir announces new economic model for Malaysia to achieve shared prosperity by 2030

One year on from being the people’s choice, Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan administration has introduced a new economic model which advocates shared prosperity with the aim of providing a ‘decent standard of living for all Malaysians’ by 2030 across economic class, race and geographic location. In a special address on the first anniversary of ‘Malaysia Baharu’ which commemorates the country’s first …

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Indonesia misses economic growth forecasts in Q1 as exports slip

Indonesia’s economy grew slower than expected in the first quarter, official data showed Monday, as exports contracted for the first time since 2016 owing to softer demand for key commodities. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy expanded 5.07 per cent in January-March, nearly flat from a year earlier and missing market estimates of 5.18 per cent. An uptick in government and household …

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