Asia Briefs: Airspace intrusion: KL says sorry to Jakarta

Airspace intrusion: KL says sorry to Jakarta

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has apologised to his Indonesian counterpart, Mr Ryamizard Ryacudu, over the intrusion by one of Malaysia's military aircraft into airspace over the Natuna Islands.

"I have spoken to the Malaysian Defence Minister. He apologised," Mr Ryamizard said at a function at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security of Indonesia, CNN Indonesia reported on Tuesday.

Mr Ryamizard said it was necessary for the Indonesian navy and air force to have closer ties with friendly nations.

"When we have close relations, all I need to do is to call the defence ministers of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei," he said.

Mahathir questioned by police again

PETALING JAYA • Police in Malaysia questioned former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad at his office in Putrajaya yesterday. This is the second time this month that Tun Dr Mahathir has been questioned by the authorities.

Dr Mahathir is being investigated for criminal defamation under Section 500 of the Penal Code over his remarks likening Prime Minister Najib Razak to the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.


Setback for gay rights activists in India

NEW DELHI • India's Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear a petition challenging a law criminalising gay sex, a setback for gay rights activists battling in the country's courts to get the ban overturned.

A number of well-known lesbian, gay and bisexual Indians had argued that Section 377 of the penal code, which prohibits "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal", undermined their fundamental rights by failing to protect their sexual preferences.


KL grenade attack: Was ISIS behind it?

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian police yesterday remained doubtful that militants were behind a grenade attack on a night spot that wounded seven people, but were looking into that possibility after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted a claim of responsibility on Facebook.

Investigators previously ruled out terrorism as the motive for Tuesday's attack on the bar in Puchong, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The motive at first appeared to be business rivalry or a targeted attack on someone in the bar, the police said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe