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Southeast Asia Links: Myanmar floods, UMNO split, climate change, South China Sea and more



4 August 2015 12:48

  • Deadly floods are devastating Myanmar, with over 200,000 people already affected by the disaster and dozens dead. More rain is forecast in coming days and the death toll is expected to climb. On Monday a state of emergency was declared in parts of the country. Thailand’s north and northeast have been hit by floods which are causing havoc
  • Embattled PM Najib has reshuffled his cabinet, creating new divisions within his party. RSIS's Yang Razali Kassim looks at the future of UMNO. 
  • Zach Abuza looks at the implications of drought and climate change in Southeast Asia.
  • Hun Sen has ruled out holding early elections, adding: 'the reason why is because all of you [the opposition] are stupid'. 
  • Suthep, who led protests in Thailand prior to the military coup, said he will watch over Thailand's reforms.
  • Vietnam held a flag-raising ceremony for its two latest (out of four) Kilo-class submarines.
  • Philip Andrews-Speed looks at Chinese investments in Southeast Asian energy and mineral resources. Generally, he says, the companies are state-owned, driven by mixed motivations and carrying mixed blessings for host nations. 
  • In an attempt to stop bribery, Cambodian police will now pocket 70% of the fines they collect. 
  • Malcolm Cook on the winners and losers of the current arbitration process over claims in the South China Sea. 
  • Anger is growing on social media to Naypyidaw's response the floods. Cartoons are circulating on social media ridiculing the government, such as this one:

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