Author: Mat Jebat

MANILA (Reuters) – The Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN on Friday strongly condemned what it called a “heinous terrorist attack” in the southern Philippines at the weekend in which four people were killed in a bombing at a Catholic Mass. The bomb went off on Sunday during a service at a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city left in ruins in 2017 by a five-month military campaign to end an occupation by Islamic State loyalists that triggered alarm in Asia about the group’s influence. “We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said in…

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Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Industry Ministry’s Center for Standardization and Services of the Handicraft and Batik Industry (BBSPJIKB) stated that the jewelry industry is one of the superior sectors in Indonesia and other countries in ASEAN. Acting Head of BBSPJIKB Hagung Eko Pawowo noted here on Monday that the total weight of jewelry demand in 2022 in ASEAN countries had reached 77.8 tons. “This amount is three times greater than the demand for jewelry in Hong Kong that reached 22.4 tons,” Pawowo remarked at the Jewelry Design and Marketing Training for ASEAN-Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The event…

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KUCHING (Dec 7): Sarawak’s pursuit for a sustainable solution to its escalating traffic challenges has taken a promising turn with the advent of the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system. This was voiced out by the local community leaders interviewed by The Borneo Post after a special ride on the ART smart tram along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway today. Sarawak Premier’s political secretary Kho Teck Wan said the ART system has the potential as a beacon of hope in alleviating traffic congestion. “In the long run, this would perhaps replace some vehicles and reduce traffic congestion,” she said after her third ride on the…

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There’s an obvious reason CoC talks haven’t progressed: China isn’t interested.  Last month at the conclusion of talks with senior Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officials in Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson optimistically announced that the parties had agreed to “accelerate negotiations so as to strive to reach at an early date an effective and substantive” Code of Conduct (CoC) to govern their activities in the South China Sea. This statement came eight months after a similar proclamation at the start of 2023, and served to bookend yet another year of the diplomatic kabuki theater that surrounds these perpetual deliberations. Just one year…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — The delay in the construction of several health clinics in Sarawak is due to a shortage of building materials, especially cement, Deputy Health Minister Lukanisman Awang Sauni said. He said it was found that projects severely affected by the lack of these supplies were the type-three health clinics and hospital in Lawas, as well as some health clinics in Serian, Tabuan, and Semop. “There were also delays of materials for industrial building system reaching Sarawak as they are imported and need to go through ports in the peninsula first,” he said during the special chamber…

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GUANGXI —  Top Chinese electric vehicle (EV) firms are looking to enter the ASEAN market, including the Philippines, to speed up the region’s transition toward cleaner energy. The Asian superpower has established the China-ASEAN Electric Vehicle Production Base in its southern city of Guigang in Guangxi region, as it is looking to find solutions with Southeast Asian countries to expand cooperation and provide more EV solutions to their local markets. “Our industrial park was built with an aim to serve the ASEAN countries as Guangxi is a permanent area for the ASEAN expo,” Lin Shaohua, deputy director of the Gangbei…

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MIRI, Oct 30 — The recently approved RM11.3 billion investment in the manufacturing sector is testament to Sarawak’s attractiveness as one of Malaysia’s leading investment destination, says Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. The Sarawak government, he said, has adopted the business-friendly policy and is supportive of both foreign and domestic investments. “We welcome investments and collaborations, particularly in six priority sectors promoted under the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, namely manufacturing, commercial agriculture, tourism, forestry, mining, and services that can create mutual benefits for all. “The state is now focusing on developing and promoting low carbon…

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Today, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), with the support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Governments of UK and the Republic of Korea through the Regional Project “Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: Preventing Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion in ASEAN” implemented by UN Women kicked off the first Plan of Action workshop to promote women’s participation in politics to strengthen women’s resilience and leadership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states. The workshop brings together 29 parliamentarians and…

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London (04/11 – 67) US district judge, Denise Cote yesterday granted Sri Lanka’s request for a six-month halt on a creditor lawsuit against the country. Hamilton Reserve Bank, an obscure and tiny St Kitt’s bank with interesting ties, says it has accumulated a big chunk of one of Sri Lanka’s now-defaulted bonds and had been suing it for immediate repayment. Sri Lanka had asked for a stay on these legal proceedings to let it restructure its overall pile of debt in some peace and quiet, and had gotten heavyweight support from the UK, France and the US government. Judge Cote ruled, “The Court recognizes that…

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Electric vehicles have become an important area of cooperation between China and ASEAN under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). At the ASEAN Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month, China vowed to support the ASEAN Plus Three Leaders’ Statement on Developing an Electric Vehicle Ecosystem. China also expressed hope for enhanced practical cooperation with all parties to sharpen the region’s overall competitive edge in electric vehicles. The partnership is expected to pave the way for ASEAN to become part of the global electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain. In recent years, the cooperation mode between…

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