Asean Now wraps up the latest news of the week in the region.
The Global Slavery Index revealed that over 2.6 million people are trapped in modern day slavery in Southeast Asia. Hundreds of business and political leaders from Asean assembled in Kuala Lumpur on June 1st to attend this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN. British paedophile Richard Huckle has admitted to 71 charges relating to the abuse of 23 children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at his sentencing hearing in London on June 1st. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has been declared as the 16th president of the Philippines on the 30th of May. Indonesian authorities have warned a Singaporean developer against claiming a cluster of island off Batam in Indonesia belonged to Singapore. Singapore’s Night Safari welcomed a new baby elephant- its first elephant birth in six years. Cambodia held its annual temporary ban on commercial fishing on June 1 in an effort to prevent the disruption of mating practices and to preserve dwindling fish stocks. An operation to relocate 137 tigers from Thailand’s famous Tiger Temple to the government’s custody is underway. Farmers in Laos launch homemade rockets into the sky as part of a festival to pray to the gods for rain. Heavy rain in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City causes flash floods and delayed many flights. The tradition of having facial tattoos among tribal women in Western Myanmar has been outlawed.