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.

Malaysia: Don’t Dream of Felda as your vote bank, PH tells BN – 19 Jul 2017


PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin has a curt message for those in Barisan Nasional (BN): “Don’t dream of Felda being your vote bank anymore.” Speaking to reporters at the party’s headquarters here on 19 Jul 17,

Philippines: As peso slumps, BOP widens to 7-month high in Jun 17 – 19 Jul 2017


The Philippines posted its widest deficit in balance of payments (BOP) in Jun 17, explaining that the peso sank to record-levels in Jun 17, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on 19 Jul 17.

Singapore: Visitors from China top spenders in Singapore for second year running – 19 Jul 2017


Data from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) showed that visitors from China spent an estimated SGD3.52bn here in 2016, a 39% y/y increase. This was the second year in a row that China has emerged

Thailand: Nation ranks 40th in digital evolution – 18 Jul 2017


Thailand is pressing ahead with its digital economy policy but still ranks low in terms of how successfully it has made the digital jump, a new survey shows. The country ranked 40th out of 60

Philippines: Duterte wants martial law extended until end-2017 – 18 Jul 2017


President Rodrigo Duterte will be asking Congress to prolong the effectivity of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017. Ernesto Abella, Duterte’s spokesperson, suggested on 18 Jul 17 that both the Department of