Stopping Hari Raya visits crucial in fight against Covid-19 spread, says Malaysia PM

Stopping Hari Raya visits crucial in fight against Covid-19 spread, says Malaysia PM

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Malaysian government’s decision to prohibit visits during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is not a cruel one, but a crucial move to prevent the spread of Covid-19, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday (May 12). He said in a televised Hari Raya address that the Covid-19 situation in the country had worsened with hospitals severely overwhelmed and a highly-contagious variant of the virus had…
Thailand officially enters rainy season this Saturday

Thailand officially enters rainy season this Saturday

Thailand will officially enter the rainy season this Saturday, with more rain than last year and rainfall over the entire season anticipated to be 5%-10% more than average, said Meteorological Department Director-General Nattapon Nattasomboon today (Wednesday). Rainfall for the first half of the rainy season will be widespread and more than average but, in the second half, the situation will return to normal, he said, but warned of heavy rain,…
Thai Corrections Dept. confident it can control Covid-19 spread as 2,835 prisoners infected

Thai Corrections Dept. confident it can control Covid-19 spread as 2,835 prisoners infected

Thailand’s Corrections Department has reported a total of 2,835 COVID-19 infections among inmates in prisons across the country, but it is confident that the situation is under control. The department said, in its statement issued today (Wednesday), that coronavirus has spread inside prisons because of the admission of new prisoners and the fact that many, being held on remand, have to be escorted to and from court hearings and some…
Thailand reports daily record of 34 Covid-19 deaths

Thailand reports daily record of 34 Covid-19 deaths

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand on Wednesday (May 12) reported a daily record of 34 Covid-19 fatalities, taking the country’s death toll to 486, with 1,983 new infections, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of Wednesday’s new cases, 1,974 were domestic infections while nine were imported cases, CCSA spokesman Apisamai Srirangsan said at a daily news conference. The infections added Thailand’s total case tally to 88,907, more than tripled…
Japanese PM Suga Talks Maritime Security With Vietnam’s President

Japanese PM Suga Talks Maritime Security With Vietnam’s President

Phuket, Thailand and Asia NewsOn Tuesday, during a phone conversation with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said that his government “strongly opposes” China’s growing assertiveness in the maritime domain. As per the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Suga repeated to Phuc his earlier conviction that Japan and Vietnam were important partners in Tokyo’s efforts to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” He added that the Japanese…
Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

(Photo credit: Facebook Anwar Salaeh)While for outsiders Anwar Salaeh is a rebel MP, most of his fellow Democrats consider him a black sheep for his role as an opponent of both his party and the government it supports. The 50-year-old politician from Pattani has been a headache for Democrat leader Jurin Laksanawisit ever since the party joined the military-backed Prayut Chan-o-cha government after the 2019 election. Not only does…
As Ramadan Ends, Malaysia Begins Its Third COVID-19 Lockdown

As Ramadan Ends, Malaysia Begins Its Third COVID-19 Lockdown

Phuket, Thailand and Asia NewsToday, Malaysia will go into its third lockdown to head off a surge of a highly infections variant of COVID-19, unexpectedly curtailing Eid festivities for Malaysian Muslims for the second year running. Between today and June 7, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday, social activities including dining out are banned and all inter-state and inter-district travel is forbidden except for medical or other approved…
China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine found highly effective in real world study

China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine found highly effective in real world study

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) – Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than western vaccines in clinical trials. Indonesia tracked 25,374 health workers in capital city Jakarta for 28 days after they received their second dose and found that the vaccine protected 100 per cent of them…
Thai Appeals Court upholds former Democrat MP Thepthai’s election fraud conviction

Thai Appeals Court upholds former Democrat MP Thepthai’s election fraud conviction

Photo from Facebook เทพไท เสนพงศ์Thailand’s Appeals Court today (Tuesday) upheld the verdict of the Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial court, in sentencing former Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong and his brother Manote to two years in prison without suspension and suspending their election rights for ten years, for election fraud. The brothers were found guilty last year of fraud in the election of the mayor of Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Administration…