Asia Briefs: Motorbike scheme to reduce Causeway jams

Motorbike scheme to reduce Causeway jams

KUALA LUMPUR • The implementation of the Secured Automated Clearance System for Malaysian Citizen Motorcyclists (M-Bike) starting tomorrow is expected to reduce motorcycle lane congestion by 50 per cent at the Malaysia-Singapore entry points, Bernama reported.

The Home Ministry in a statement yesterday said the system would be implemented at both Malaysia-Singapore entry points situated at the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, Johor Baru.

Sikh separatist chief caught after jailbreak

NEW DELHI • A top Sikh militant commander was recaptured by police in the Indian capital of Delhi yesterday, a day after he was freed in a dramatic jailbreak by a gang wearing police uniforms.

Harminder Singh Mintoo, who heads a Sikh separatist group, was arrested on the outskirts of Delhi some 200km from the high-security prison in Punjab where he had been remanded on terror charges.


China county tracks civil servants via app

BEIJING • A county government in east China has taken accountability to a new level - by tracking the attendance and whereabouts of its employees with an app, Chinese media reported.

Civil servants of Linjiang, Zhejiang province, are now required to sign in via the app when arriving at work and to update their locations while on business trips, according to a report on, the central government's portal to China.

Viet police seize 2 large drug caches

HANOI • Vietnam's police seized two large caches of heroin and marijuana in separate drug busts over the weekend, with several people arrested on suspicion of smuggling the narcotics in from neighbouring Laos, official reports said yesterday.

Police confiscated 112kg of heroin in the northern Phu Tho province late on Saturday and arrested four people after discovering the drugs in large plastic water jugs.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe