Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.

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Jokowi allies deliver strong performance as Gerindra moves forward

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has come out triumphant in the 2019 legislative election, with early counts from numerous polls indicating that the party of incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has secured more than 20 percent of the votes. -  The Jakarta Post

Time counts Dr M among 100 most influential in 2019

Nearly a year into his second tenure as prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people this year.

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown wrote the profile summary for Dr Mahathir on the Time Magazine 100 website, calling him a “formidable old warhorse who dazzled during a gruelling campaign”. – New Straits Times

Teenager arrested for Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Blackpink ticket scams involving $5,400 on Carousell

An 18-year-old teenager has been arrested for his alleged involvement in at least 11 cases of e-commerce scams selling Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5 and Blackpink concert tickets.

Victims had responded to the listings on online marketplace platform Carousell. However, they did not receive the tickets after making payment via bank transfer. – The Straits Times

Future Forward's Piyabutr denies charges 

Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has denied computer crime and contempt of court charges stemming from a video clip of him reading a party statement on the Constitutional Court's decision to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart Party in March. – Bangkok Post

Vietnamese, Romanian leaders hope for further bilateral co-operation

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has expressed his desire for stronger co-operation between Việt Nam and Romania in oil and gas, agriculture and food processing. 

These were areas of Việt Nam’s demand and Romania’s strength, the visiting PM told Romanian President Klaus Iohannis during their meeting on Monday in Bucharest. – Viét Nam News

Teenage suspect in Sg Liang auto theft detained

A teenager suspected of stealing a car parked at the parking lot of the Lim Kui Hong Building, Soon Lee Megamart in Sungai Liang has been arrested.

The car was reported missing to the Sungai Liang Police Station on April 10. According to the owner, the car had been left locked at the parking lot.

According to a press statement by the authorities, the suspect, a 14-year-old Bruneian, claimed to have stolen the car and changed the vehicle’s registration plate to avoid detection.

The missing vehicle was eventually found and taken to the Sungai Liang Police Station to aid in investigations. - Borneo Bulletin