Asean News

4 in 5 Singaporeans unprepared for terror attack

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Over 70 per cent admit they don't have life-saving skills, only 12 per cent know SMS number for crises

Singaporeans still have some way to go before they are ready to deal with a terror attack here.

A Sunday Times poll found that about four in five Singaporeans feel unprepared if a terror attack were to hit home.

Supermarts in talks to charge for plastic bags

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Levy may kick in by middle of next year if industry-wide deal is struck.

Supermarket customers here could soon have to pay for plastic bags, following in the footsteps of other cities that impose such a charge.

Thai activists vow to fight environment bill

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Protests planned from November as critics say it fails to improve on flaws and process lacked public participation.

Bid to reclassify some ‘Thai-only’ jobs

(The Nation/ANN) -The Ministry of Labour will hold a public hearing on a proposal to review the rules and regulations on 39 jobs currently reserved for Thai nationals.

Waranont Pitiwan, director of the Department of Employment, said most Thais are now not interested in many of these jobs, so foreigners should be allowed to do. The list includes some construction workers, carpenters, waiters, petrol station attendants, fresh-market workers and cashiers.

Bruneian entrepreneurs honoured at Asean Business Awards

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Two Bruneian entrepreneurs were among those 47 honoured in the recent Asean Business Awards held at the sidelines of the Asean Business Advisory Council 72nd Meeting.

Singapore will try to boost China-Asean relations

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) -  Singapore will do its best to advance Asean-China relations when it assumes the grouping's chairmanship next year, says PM Lee.

For Asean-China trade to flourish, both sides need to work at keeping overall ties strong, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Alluding to the need for rationality and restraint on thorny issues such as the South China Sea dispute, Mr Lee said that frictions in the relationship will only affect mutually beneficial cooperation.

Huawei aims to digitally transform 10 economic sectors

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Huawei Technologies (Thailand) has focused on promoting the full digital transformation of 10 economic sectors as part of its continued contribution to help move the nation into the Thailand 4.0 era.

Among the information and communications technology company’s targets are contributing to the full digital transformation of the smart city sector, smart energy, smart rail, smart airport, smart government, smart home, smart education, smart agriculture, smart irrigation, and even smart parking.

Asean@50 Business Special: Young banker fascinated by opportunities in region

YANGON, Myanmar (Myanmar Eleven/ANN) - Nang Lang Kham, the deputy chief executive of Myanmar's largest private bank, says the Asean Economic Community has been instrumental in catalysing healthy economic growth.

Seoul's three key directions for upgrading Asean ties

SEOUL (The Straits Times/ANN) - A tangible guideline for cooperation with Southeast Asia is due to be announced at the Asean-South Korea summit in November.

South Korea has mapped out three key policy directions with the aim of upgrading ties with South-east Asia, said Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha.

Asean@50 Business Special: JG Summit scales new peak with fintech

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The group behind Cebu Air aims to expand its pioneering petrochemical business and financial services.

JG Summit Holdings, a leading conglomerate founded in 1957 by John Gokongwei, has been continuing its expansion spree in Asean and beyond.