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. 

Rapid TB tests to go nationwide

The Department of Medical Sciences has successfully developed a new rapid test kit for tuberculosis (TB), which will be distributed to community hospitals nationwide in October.

The World Health Organization aims to reduce the number of TB patients to fewer than 10 in 100,000 by 2035. In Thailand, according to the WHO’s estimate, the ratio was 156:100,000 last year. – Bangkok Post

Analysts: MAS needs strategic investors with vast experience

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) needs strategic investors with vast experience and resources to revive its fortune, analysts said. The turnaround effort must include a young and dynamic management team and stay away from the low-cost model. – New Straits Times

Private university graduates start to gain ground in employment hunt

While alumni of state-run universities remain preferred by employers in general, the fact that start-ups prefer to hire graduates from private universities is a testimony to the latter’s capability to respond to new demand in the job market. 

Indonesia is on its way toward Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution characterised by a fusion of technologies that blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. – The Jakarta Post

Jail and caning for man over sexual offences against 4 boys below 15

A man befriended four boys between the ages of 12 and 14 before committing sexual acts on them - some in public places such as parks and the void deck of a block of flats. Yesterday, the 26-year-old man was sentenced to four years and three months' jail, and ordered to receive six strokes of the cane.

The man, who cannot be named due to a gag order, pleaded guilty to six offences under the Children and Young Persons Act as well as to two counts of molestation. – The Straits Times

License a must, says DES

The Department of Electrical Services (DES), Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry reminded the public yesterday that it is an offence under the Electricity Act (Chapter 71) for any person to use, work or operate any plant, apparatus or works designed for the supply or use of electrical energy without an appropriate licence. – Borneo Bulletin

City seeks ways to speed up construction of HCM City-Moc Bai Highway

The authorities of HCM City and Tay Ninh Province are building shopping malls and service facilities along the HCM City – Moc Bai Highway to raise revenue for construction of the highway. 

The highway, which is being implemented under a public-private partnership, will connect the city with Mộc Bài International Border Gate in Tây Ninh Province. – Viet Nam News