These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.
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KLIA disruption drags on; 68 flights delayed
The systems disruption at both terminals of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which began on Wednesday night has yet to be fully rectified. KLIA operator Malaysia Airports is scrambling to replace hardware for its Total Airport Management System (TAMS) to repair the glitch, which has caused the delay of 68 flights as of 10pm on Thursday. – New Straits Times
No jail for woman who kept love-scam money
A woman who kept the ill-gotten gains of a love scammer was duped into giving away most of the money to a different online Casanova. Christina Cheong Yoke Lin, a part-time English teacher, had allowed a love scammer to use her bank account to retain the S$50,030 his victim had transferred over. She later decided to keep S$50,000 for herself. – The Straits Times
Cruise trade 'can float economic boat'
Scholars have suggested the government bolster the economy by exploiting cruise-related businesses, with statistics showing passengers from each liner spending 20 million baht (US$650 thousand) a day while in Thailand.
The suggestion comes as the government presses ahead with a plan to develop marinas and large ports in Phuket to better serve foreign tourists arriving there on yachts and cruise ships. – Bangkok Post
Jokowi orders police to 'take stern action' against racial abuse
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has finally spoken out against the racial abuse suffered by Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, following days of protests in Papua and West Papua. – The Jakarta Post
DOJ, BuCor: Sanchez ineligible for release
Rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez may not walk free any time soon after all, and is not likely to do so, until he has served his full 40-year prison term, according to justice department officials amid public outrage over reports that the former mayor might be released early due to his “good conduct.” – Philippine Daily Inquirer
PM sets goals for peace, stability
Prime Minister Hun Sen, the president of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and members of the CPP central committee decided during Thursday’s central committee meeting to introduce a raft of major goals to maintain peace, political stability and national security.
At the meeting, led by Hun Sen and attended by around 1,058 central committee members at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, it was decided to require CPP officials at all levels to make efforts to implement the major goals. – Phnom Penh Post