Asia Briefs: Bersih rally to go on, say organisers

Bersih rally to go on, say organisers

KUALA LUMPUR • The organisers of an anti-government rally on Nov 19 said they will carry on with their plans although the police have advised them against it.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said protesters will gather at Dataran Maybank, the Bangsar LRT station and Masjid Negara.


44 still missing after Batam boat capsizes

BATAM • Hopes are fading for 44 people still missing more than a day after an overcrowded speedboat carrying Indonesian migrant workers capsized and sunk in rough seas, claiming at least 18 lives.

The speedboat was carrying 98 passengers and three crew from Malaysia to Batam early on Wednesday morning when it ran aground on a reef in bad weather and capsized, the disaster agency said.


Karachi train crash kills at least 21

KARACHI • At least 21 people have been killed and dozens more injured after two trains carrying hundreds of passengers collided in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi during morning rush hour yesterday.

Witnesses described watching in horror as one train sped into the city's Quaidabad Railway Station and rammed into the second, which was stationary.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe