Daily News

These are sample stories on Asia which we track on a daily basis. The sources and links to the stories, which are available online, are acknowledged and listed. Where any of these stories require paid subscription to access, we've listed only the portion which the site allows.

Thailand: Fitch cagey on sovereign rating – 14 Sep 2017


Thailand’s subpar economic growth is the main obstacle to the country’s sovereign rating improving, says Fitch Ratings. It is quite difficult for Thailand’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default rating, which stands at BBB+,

Malaysia: PAS grassroots leaders get okay to hold talks with PKR, PPBM – 13 Sep 2017


PAS has agreed to allow its grassroots leaders to continue talks with rival opposition parties, PKR and Bersatu, at the state level in preparation for the 14th general election. This is despite the Islamist party’s

Philippines: House passes budget, seeks to abolish CHR, ERC, NCIP – 13 Sep 2017


The House of Representatives on 12 Sep 17 night approved the proposed PHP3.8tr 2018 national budget on second reading, but not after giving three agencies just PHP1,000 each – a minuscule funding that will effectively

Indonesia: Redenomination bill will not be deliberated in 2017 – 13 Sep 2017


Bank Indonesia’s (BI) hopes of lawmakers deliberating the redenomination bill in 2017 have been dashed. A House of Representatives plenary session on 13 Sep 17 approved six bills to be included in the revised National

Malaysia: Lower GST, higher wages for Budget 2018, says Malaysians – 13 Sep 2017


LOWER goods and services tax, followed by increased wages, tops the list of what Malaysians want for Budget 2018. With fewer than six days to go, an online poll at bajet2018.najibrazak.com has received about 7,500