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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Culture shift, more flexible work policies for fathers needed: Halimah

Singapore lags behind when it comes to new fathers taking paternity leave, with only about half choosing to do so, compared to 70 to 80 percent in Nordic countries. President Halimah Yacob cited this figure at an award ceremony on Sunday to celebrate exemplary fathers, where she urged more firms to adopt flexible policies for working dads. – The Straits Times

2,000 self-service laundrettes operating without gas licenses

About 2,000 self-service laundrettes in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah do not have approvals as well as individual gas licences issued by the Energy Commission, and are therefore at risk of explosions.

In the interest of public safety and for the benefit of self-service outlets and local enforcement authorities, the commission will make it mandatory for all outlets to display their approvals and licenses, and it will also be conducting raids. – New Straits Times

Mounting dugong deaths cause alarm

Two more dugongs were found dead on Sunday, one off the coast of Krabi and the other in Trang, bringing the death toll to five in four months, said Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, director of Phuket Marine Biological Centre. – Bangkok Post

Nation’s fish stocks get huge boost on Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Conservation Day

Around 50 million fish fingerlings will be released into rivers and lakes across the country to sustain and replenish fish stocks and maintain the equilibrium of ecosystems. The boost to fish stocks should help to increase Lao’s fish populations. – Vientiane Times

DepEd shuts down 55 ‘lumad’ schools

Progressive groups on Sunday condemned the Department of Education (DepEd) order suspending the permit to operate of 55 schools for indigenous children in the Davao region allegedly for teaching “left-leaning ideologies.” – Philippine Daily Inquirer