Asian news Vietnam. The authorities have instructed the specific ministry to study ‘funky balls’. Also to add them on the banned drugs list. Those recreational nitrous oxide balloons are known as laughing gas balloons that give a max 10 sec hit. Obviously too much of fun that people are allowed to have. Those balloons are sold in many clubs around Bui Vien tourist area in Saigon. This doesn’t mean it’s a tourist thing. Go to Why Not bar in Nha Trang and you’ll see only Vietnamese youngsters inhaling it. A balloon usually cost 150k dong ($7) or even more.
Asian news Cambodia. The Philippines leader isn’t the only Asian that has a military strategy regarding war on drugs (20k killed). Also Cambodia’s regime is in the news regarding human rights violations. Amnesty International came out with a report. The anti drugs campaign (Jan ’17 – March ’20) is carried out arbitrarily and hit the poor. The prison population has increased by 78%.
The EU threatened to put Cambodia on their blacklist regarding money laundering. Now they have caught some money that wasn’t going through legal channels (read stealing banks). Most perpatrators are Chinese.
The horrible traffic in Asian cities is restarting after lockdowns. Bringing pollution levels back.
Thai safety or Thai arrogance? Whatever you call it. The Thais demanded to take down a tent on Cambodian soil for migrant workers to be checked.
Internet / economy
A report by OpenSignal showed that from the Asean countries Singapore has the fastest 4G download speed. Followed by Vietnam and Laos. Thaichana is a by Thai govt launched platform that is now being used for phishing by others. More here https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1923976/fake-thai-chana-websites-phish-for-personal-data#cxrecs_s