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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About 10,000 in Mandalay rally in support of charter amendment

About 10,000 people marched in Mandalay on Sunday to welcome the proposals for amending the 2008 Constitution that have been submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union). 

Gems dealers marched along 38th street from Mahar Aung Myay market at 87th street on Sunday by car, motorcycle, bicycle and on foot.

The march started at noon, and the protesters held a public talk on the amendment of the constitution at an open field in Maha Aung Myay in the evening that was attended by about 10,000 people. Journalist U Thein Tan, author U Ko Lay, and advocate U Thein Than Oo addressed the talk. – Myanmar Times

The coming storm

It's been over two years since the government laid a foundation for electric vehicle (EV) production in the country. The scheme has garnered 20-30 investment applications, covering car assembly, vital parts manufacturing and EV charging stations.

The Board of Investment (BoI) has yet to grant investment incentives to all applicants, saying it's considering many for plug-in hybrid EVs, battery EVs, electric buses and EV parts worth a combined 1.4 billion baht. It's also looking at applications for charging station projects worth 36 billion baht. – Bangkok Post

Four water treatment plants shut down again over diesel contamination

The operations of four water treatment plants had to be suspended yet again today after Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SYABAS), a subsidiary of Air Selangor, detected that diesel traces had contaminated the Sungai Selangor water source.

Air Selangor’s Head of Customer Relations Department and Water Management, Abdul Raof Ahmad, said following the discovery, the Rantau Panjang water treatment plant (LRA) had to suspend its operations at 6pm.

This was followed by the LRA SSP3 at 8pm, as well as LRA SSP1 and SSP2 and 8.15pm. – New Straits Times

Number of babies born in Singapore drops to eight-year low

The number of babies born here last year fell to an eight-year low, posing more demographic challenges for an ageing population.

The Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018 said 39,039 births were registered last year, a 1.5 percent drop from 2017. – Straits Times

Property owners reminded to report foreign residents

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has reminded all property owners in the country that they must provide details of foreigners staying at their residences in order to strengthen immigration law enforcement.

In a statement on Friday, Mr Kheng noted that since the ministry issued the directive in 2010, most property owners have complied but there are some who are either ignorant of the law or choose not to follow it. – Khmer Times