China's western region posts fastest growth
BEIJING • China's south-western metropolis of Chongqing and western region of Tibet were the fastest-growing regions in the country last year, while the north-eastern "rust belt" province of Liaoning had the lowest growth, according to media.
The economy of Liaoning grew only 3 per cent last year, China News reported yesterday, while Chongqing and Tibet both grew 11 per cent. However, Tibet's total gross domestic product last year was 102.64 billion yuan (S$22.3 billion), the smallest of all regions.
S'porean housewife detained in Johor
JOHOR BARU • A Singaporean housewife has been detained by the Johor Customs Department over the alleged smuggling of used luxury cars from across the Causeway, the New Straits Times reported.
State Customs director Ramli Johari said the suspect, in her 20s, is believed to be part of a syndicate. She was nabbed at her house in Taman Laguna in Johor Baru at around 3pm on Jan 20. He said enforcement officers seized 26 Singapore-registered vehicles worth RM2.9 million (S$1 million) including duties.
Thai politician jailed over demolition of bars
BANGKOK • A renowned Thai massage-parlour tycoon turned graft-busting politician was jailed yesterday for two years over the demolition of a stretch of seedy bars in 2003 in Bangkok's tourist heart.
Chuwit Kamolvisit was imprisoned by the Supreme Court for trespassing, false imprisonment and criminal damage. More than 40 of the workers he hired to carry out the destruction on land he had bought were also jailed yesterday.