Asia Briefs: Advice to stay away from Jakarta rally

Advice to stay away from Jakarta rally

JAKARTA• Foreign governments have warned their citizens to keep away from a major rally today in Jakarta by Muslim groups against the city's Christian governor, amid fears it could turn violent.

At least 150,000 people are expected to flood downtown Jakarta to protest against Mr Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who allegedly insulted Islam.


McDonald's drops Malaysia labour agent

KUALA LUMPUR• Fast food giant McDonald's said it has dropped a labour supply agency in Malaysia after claims emerged that it was underpaying its migrant workers and housing them in appalling conditions.

An investigation by British newspaper the Guardian said the agency supplying workers to McDonald's was withholding their salaries, which were as low as 75 US cents (S$1) an hour, underpaying promised wages, and confiscating their passports.


Three shot dead on Penang highway

GEORGE TOWN• Three people, including one said to be a Datuk, were shot dead on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in George Town yesterday.

They were in their cars when they were shot in the 7.30pm incident. Two other people were injured in the shooting. A suspect has been arrested.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe