Hot off the press

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

Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world. 

῾We need investments in high tech᾽

Malaysia is seeking investments in high technology in line with the country’s goal to provide high income for its people, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The investments, he said, were necessary to boost the country’s growth. Malaysia, he said, was a business-friendly nation and ready to fine-tune its policies to accommodate investors. – New Straits Times

Fewer cyber threats detected here last year, but online crime still rising: CSA report

The Republic is turning the tide in the struggle against cyber threats as there were fewer such incidents here last year, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) revealed today. 

In its third annual Cyber Landscape report, the CSA said that online crime has continued to rise and now account for almost a fifth of all crime in Singapore. – The Straits Times

Cabinet ῾image crisis᾽

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is already feeling the heat over his proposed cabinet line-up with questions being asked about the public image of some of the candidates. – Bangkok Post

Govt aims to shield KPK from radicalism

The committee tasked with selecting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners has defended its decision to involve the antiterrorism agency in the screening process, saying that it was necessary step to protect the antigraft body amid growing radicalism in the country. – The Jakarta Post.

Philippine Navy to buy corvettes, fast attack craft

The Philippine Navy will acquire new corvettes and fast craft as part of its modernization goals. 

The Philippine Navy is seeking to bolster its might to enhance the security of the archipelago and keep up with its neighbours in the region. – Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Local farmers learn natural farming

The Department of Agriculture and Agrifood in collaboration with Loong Ji Sdn Bhd is currently holding its ῾Introduction to Natural Farming Programme᾽ for agricultural entrepreneurs in the country. – Borneo Bulletin