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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Sabah tourism players confident govt will enhance security to protect industry

The latest kidnapping incident involving 10 fishermen will affect tourism, but industry players have faith that the government will do whatever necessary to solve the problem. 

Sabah-Labuan Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chairman Gordon Seet said the association viewed the news seriously as the safety of tourists in the state was of the utmost priority. – New Straits Times

NUS and NTU tie as Asia’s top university

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the top spot in Asia in an annual global ranking of universities that is read by educational institutions and governments. – The Straits Times.

Cabinet not ideal, PM says

Prime Minister Prayut-o-cha has admitted that the new cabinet line-up may be less than perfect, as there is little he can do about the proposed candidates who have been criticised for their public image. – Bangkok Post.

Karanganyar to close all eateries serving dog meat, saving ῾42 dogs a day᾽

The administration of Karanganyar, Central Java, is to close down all eateries in the regency selling dishes containing dog meat, Regent Juliyatmono told the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition and the Animal Friends Jogja community. – The Jakarta Post.

Panelo: Invoking US-PH defense pact vs China is reckless, premature

Invoking the Philippines’ Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States against China after a Chinese vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea will be “reckless and premature,” Malacañang said Wednesday. – Philippine Daily Inquirer.