Thistle, The universal law of the Church requires abstinence from meat (or some other food as determined by the Espiscopal Confernce) on all Fridays-- Canon 1251. Under Canon Law 1251 and 1253 the Conferences of Bishops have the ability to set the observance in their conference.
The US Bishops abbrogated the abstinence requirement on all Fridays outside Lent-- allowing a different penance-- but retained this requirement during Lent for the United States.
The OP’s location says “Far East” which means he is in a different bishop’s conference and therefore could have a different particular law on the matter.
So, the OP should follow what his Bishop stated because the Bishops have the ability to set the requirements of fasting and abstinence on Fridays. However, if the OP wants to do it anyway, he can even if it’s not required.