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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GrabCar fined $11,716 for leaking data of 120,000 customers in marketing e-mails

Ride-hailing firm GrabCar has been fined US$11,716 (S$16,000) for the unauthorised disclosure of the names and mobile numbers of 120,747 customers in marketing e-mails. The 2017 incident arose from an e-mail mismatch where the affected customer's data was disclosed to only one other individual in each case. - The Straits Times

Fisheries leaders threaten protests in the capital

The National Fisheries Association of Thailand is threatening protests in the capital if the new government ignores its demand to revise strict rules and regulations on trawlers and their crews. These rules are resulting in a shortage of workers in the fishing sector, forcing many operators out of business, association president, Mongkol Sukcharoenkhana, said on Wednesday. - The Bangkok Post

World Bank offers new credit to develop urban centres 

The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$194.36 million credit plan to help four secondary cities in Vietnam build critically-needed municipal infrastructure and strengthen urban planning. The Dynamic Cities Integrated Development Project aims to increase access to improved urban services in Ky Anh, Tinh Gia, Hai Duong and Yen Bai. The project will help reduce flood risks, improve sanitation, reduce travel times on new and improved roads and develop high-quality public spaces. The project will also improve connectivity to industrial parks, export processing zones, commercial establishments and tourist attractions, benefiting workers and merchants as well as visitors. - Vietnam News

Dr M: Azmin sex tape probably fake, motivated by political agenda

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has condemned the use of "dirty tactics" in politics for the sake of running down certain individuals. He said this following the release of two videos allegedly depicting Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and a senior private secretary of a ministry engaging in sex acts. “Nowadays, you can produce all kinds of pictures… One day, you may see my picture like that, too,” he said. – New Straits Times

Jokowi promises little change in foreign policy in second term

A second term in office usually gives an incumbent head of state the freedom to be more active internationally and pursue a grander foreign policy agenda. But staying true to his low-profile and cautious style of governing, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said that he would not make significant changes in how he would deal with international politics during his second term, and that his main focus for the next five years would remain domestic issues at home. – The Jakarta Post

Chinese vessel abandons Philippine boat after collision

A Chinese fishing vessel abandoned a sinking Philippine fishing boat after hitting it at Recto Bank in the South China Sea earlier this week, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reported on Wednesday. Lorenzana said the Philippine fishing boat was anchored at Recto Bank when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel. The Philippine fishing boat sank after being hit, and instead of stopping to help the crew, Lorenzana said the Chinese fishing vessel sailed away. - The Philippine Daily Inquirer