News #193: The proposed Melaka tram system

Future Southeast Asia meetups, news from the Japan-ASEAN meeting, Surabaya Regional Railway Line, Philippines to build one of world’s longest marine bridges, and more.

Hello from Chiang Mai. I’m wrapping up my time here for 2023 and I head to Bangkok next. I will be there for a month and doing some meetups while I am there.

The weekly newsletter will be business as usual over the holiday period, and the News Extra section for paid subscribers will resume in January.

This week’s article is about a new tram proposal for Melaka. There have been other proposals in the past, so we shall see how this one goes. The proposal is from a private company, and they already have a website with a map.

Future Southeast Asia Meetups

I’m considering some informal Future Southeast Asia Meetups for 2024. It would be an evening meeting where fellow readers can talk about transport and urban development in Southeast Asia. The most likely places would be Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, KL, and Singapore. If you can go to those places and would like to attend, leave a comment or reply to this email. I would like to get a feel for how many people would be interested.

Latest posts at Future Southeast Asia

The Melaka City Tramway System is a proposed tram system for Melaka by private company Metro Trem SDN BHD.


“Relations between Japan and ASEAN are entering a new era.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

“During his first official visit to Vietnam on December 11-12, Prime Minister Hun Manet assured the Vietnamese side that the Funan Techo Canal project would pose no harm to the environment or the Mekong River’s flow.”

🇮🇩 Indonesia

“The Surabaya Regional Railway Line mass transportation or the Surabaya-Sidoarjo electric rail train is expected to operate as early as 2029.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇵🇭 Philippines

“CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Mayor Rolando Uy on Monday ordered village officials here to take the initiative in clearing their rivers and creeks of settlers to avoid any deaths that may occur in case of flooding.”

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

“CP-led consortium seeks changes to payment terms because of impact of pandemic”

“Phuket officials have submitted a formal request to roll out a system of electric buses to serve people travelling to and from the airport while waiting for the ‘light rail’ project to become a reality.”

• New Beach Road obstacle course sidewalk in Pattaya, via @thepattayanews.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

“Chinese-funded investments into Laos and Cambodia have transformed the geo-economic landscape in Vietnam’s immediate neighbourhood. This has caused Hanoi to give China’s Belt and Road Initiative another look.”

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