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Asean Affairs    29  October  2011


WEEKLY SUMMARY

 By David Swartzentruber

 AseanAffairs     29  October 2011

These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 22-28.

Thai businesses cite information gap
Bangkok businesses say unclear and inadequate flood information is making it harder for them to make preparations. READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/thai_businesses_cite_information_gap

Japanese experts weigh in on Thai flood
Two Japanese experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who have been in Thailand for a week, to observe the flood situation say that people should not fear the flood threatening Bangkok because its nature is inundation, not a flash flood that recently occurred in Japan. READ MORE:http://www.aseanaffairs.com/thailand_news/japanese_experts_weigh_in_on_thai_flood

Corruption concerns grow in Indonesia
A new survey by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center paints a more severe picture of corruption in Indonesia than indicated by previous studies. READ MORE: http://www.aseanaffairs.com/indonesia_news/corruption_concerns_grow_in_indonesia

New bank regulator for Indonesia
Indonesia’s House of Representatives on Thursday approved a long-delayed bill creating a new regulator to oversee a growing financial industry in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, part of global efforts to ward off future bank collapses. READ MORE:

Moro insurgency admits government payoff
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday confirmed that it received 5 million pesos (US$116,000) from Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd as part of government support to its leadership program. READ MORE:

Singapore inflation to remain high
Inflation is likely to remain elevated until mid-2012 before easing as the economy slows, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said. READ MORE:

Global economics to impact Asean 5
Moody’s Analytics said on Tuesday that the downbeat global environment will weigh on growth across all five original members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012. (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) READ MORE:

Water quality destroys mussel farming
Authorities in Jakarta are no longer issuing permits to farmers to harvest green mussels because water pollution levels are so high. READ MORE:

Flooding fears in Bangkok
Fears of flooding across the Thai capital grew on Wednesday after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned parts of Bangkok could face inundation for up to a month, with authorities calling a special five-day holiday to allow people to leave. READ MORE:

Property losses in Thai flooding
The initial losses of property developers from the floods are estimated at 18 billion baht (US$600 million), but the industry's stability as well as that of the financial institutions that support it should remain intact barring a catastrophic flood in Bangkok, says a consultant. READ MORE:

Bumi coal surges
Bumi Resources, Indonesia's largest listed coal miner by volume, has said production of thermal coal reached 17 million tons in the third quarter, beating its output in each of the first two quarters. READ MORE:

Dam controversy: Remaking the Mekong
Scientists are hoping to stall plans to erect a string of dams along the Mekong River. READ MORE:

Singapore CFOs inexperienced
A significant number of Singapore's chief financial officers (CFOs) have relatively little relevant experience, a new study released on Friday has found. READ MORE:

PM: Floodwater coming to Bangkok
The massive volume of water is flowing down to Bangkok and people should prepare for possible flooding, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra said on Saturday morning-10:40 a.m. READ MORE:









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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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