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  1. On Wednesday (November 24), Brunei Darussalam recorded 70 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14,771. Due to pre-existing health concerns, another Covid-19 patient died. Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar (photo) made the announcement at the daily press briefing on Wednesday. "The case involved a 64-year-old man who had a number of health issues and was not classified as a Covid-19-related fatality." "There are 18 additional new cases to seven of the existing active clusters who were previously close c
  2. On Tuesday, Myanmar military tribunals sentenced 21 people to death for their suspected roles in attacks on military targets. Another 29 persons were sentenced to life in prison. People suspected of assassinating two regime-appointed local administrators in Yangon's South Dagon Township, as well as an alleged military informant and a ward administrator and his driver in Yangon's Dagon Seikkan Township, are among those sentenced to death. The murders took place in the months of July and August. Those convicted to life in jail were youths suspected of receiving military t
  3. Fazilah Kamsah, the owner of a Malaysian restaurant, is now focusing on online and takeaway orders, and is turning away dine-in clients until the number of Covid-19 cases stabilises. Similarly, Rangeeta Kaur, a traditional clothing retailer, has prohibited clients from trying on garments at her store. As Malaysia prepares for a new wave of Covid-19 infections, both women are among some business owners who are taking precautions on their own by minimising physical interactions with consumers. "The fact that we don't know people's hygienic habits prompted me to make t
  4. With little information on the SkyWorlds outdoor theme park's launch, TA Securities Research believes Genting Malaysia Bhd is carefully scheduling its opening as it considers the danger of Malaysia reverting to lockdown. "Management released very little information about its SkyWorlds theme park, including the grand opening date. The group has welcomed guests and staff to preview the park, according to management, assuring analysts that there have been no technical concerns "Following a conference call, the research firm released a report. Furthermore, the entertainment compa
  5. A survey on power sector decarbonisation in Indonesia has been agreed upon by Japanese energy and grid players. Under the terms of the agreement, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), TEPCO Power Grid, JERA, and Tokyo Electric Power Services would develop a suggested roadmap that incorporates the intended power source structure and power supply system while taking into account Indonesia's unique circumstances. The agreement is with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the proposed "Data Collection Survey on Power Sector in Indonesia for Decarbonization" survey
  6. The country's top court declared on Thursday that the country's widely criticised Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and that the administration must alter it within two years. The law, which was passed last year, sparked days of violent protests in numerous towns, with thousands of outraged students and workers alleging that it would stifle labour rights and harm the environment. As part of President Joko Widodo's efforts to attract more investment, the legislation revised 77 prior laws with the goal of improving bureaucratic efficiency. The petitioners — a privat
  7. On Tuesday (Nov 23), Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham (photo) confirmed a viral message about three kids from Sayyidina Umar Al-Khattab Secondary School who tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 20. At the daily news conference, the minister stated that they are all siblings from the same family. Because schools have yet to begin, the cases are classified as a house cluster rather than a school cluster, he noted. Another claim that there were Covid-19 positive instances among Jerudong Fish Market vendors was also addressed by the minister. Acco
  8. Recent clashes between the Arakan Army and the military have prompted concerns about the year-long ceasefire's stability. The historically restive far-western state of Rakhine has remained largely tranquil since Myanmar's military staged a coup against Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on February 1, provoking huge rioting. Recent clashes, however, have sparked fears that an informal truce established in the long-troubled area in November last year is breaking down, even as armed insurrection spreads across the country. While fighting was reported on several day
  9. UOB Malaysia said on Wednesday that if Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed, the bulk of its nearly 5,000-strong employees will be able to work remotely up to two days each week. The bank's ambition to ensure colleagues achieve the correct balance between professional fulfilment and mental well-being is at the heart of the "permanent reform," according to a statement. It was discovered that two days of remote working per week is the most beneficial for employees to maintain a sense of connection with colleagues and the organisation while achieving optimal performance, according to
  10. Singapore's Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Wednesday that a new vaccinated travel lane (VTL) via the Causeway will open next Monday (Nov 29). Travelers will be required to use designated VTL bus services throughout the initial phase of the land VTL. Travellers must be citizens, permanent residents, or holders of long-term passes in the country they are visiting. According to the PMO, this is to give precedence to those who have worked in either country and want to visit their family. "Malaysia is Singapore's nearest neighbour, and the two countries enj
  11. The following is a statement from Department of Defense spokesman John Supple: The United States and the Indonesian government met at the Pentagon last week for the 19th annual Indonesia-US Security Dialogue (IUSSD). Lindsey Ford, the US Department of Defense's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, and Major General Rodon Pedrason, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense's Director General of Defense Strategy, headed the delegations. The IUSSD is an annual gathering that reviews bilateral cooperation and allows participants to share their perspectives
  12. Media groups said on Tuesday that Indonesian authorities are evaluating a draught bill that might oblige digital giants like Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies for fairer earnings, in a move inspired by a breakthrough new Australian law. The goal, according to Wenseslaus Manggut, chairman of Indonesia's internet media association (AMSI), which was engaged in the bill's formulation, is to ensure that sources who generate fundamental news and "excellent journalism" receive fairer remuneration. By determining how prominently a storey appears in a Google search o
  13. Media groups said on Tuesday that Indonesian authorities are evaluating a draught bill that might oblige digital giants like Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies for fairer earnings, in a move inspired by a breakthrough new Australian law. The goal, according to Wenseslaus Manggut, chairman of Indonesia's internet media association (AMSI), which was engaged in the bill's formulation, is to ensure that sources who generate fundamental news and "excellent journalism" receive fairer remuneration. By determining how prominently a storey appears in a Google search o
  14. President Joko Widodo indicated on Wednesday that Indonesia may stop exporting tin in 2024 as part of attempts to encourage investment into the resource processing industry and restore the country's external balance. Jokowi, as the president is known, also stated that the government may ban bauxite exports next year and copper ore exports in 2023. During recent public appearances, the president has made similar remarks, arguing that Southeast Asia's largest economy has been selling raw commodities for far too long, denying the country more export revenues and manufacturing
  15. Brunei was placed 15th in the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2021, released by Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), in terms of countries least influenced by the tobacco industry. Only five countries (Brunei, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, and Uganda) had the least Tobacco Industry (TI) intervention, according to the index, which looked at 80 countries. Brunei has maintained its code of conduct, which prohibits undue connection between civil personnel and industry. The index assesses the government's response to TI meddling. Co
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