Asia Briefs: Directive on maids 'merely a guideline'

Directive on maids 'merely a guideline'

PETALING JAYA • Immigration Department director- general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali has clarified that the directive that "bars" Muslims from hiring non-Muslim maids is just a general guideline.

Mr Mustafar, who took over as the new chief on Aug 1, said a former director-general had signed a general circular stating that Muslim families should ideally hire Muslim maids.


Taiwan varsity fined for HIV discrimination

TAIPEI • Taiwan's Centres of Disease Control fined the National Defence University NT$1 million ($43,000) on Monday for suspending an HIV-positive student, who accused the school of discriminating against him based on his health status.

The student was suspended six months before his graduation after testing HIV-positive in a regular health check in 2012.


Bear kills safari park worker in Japan

TOKYO • A safari park employee in Japan died yesterday after being attacked by a bear that somehow climbed into her car, local officials and police said.

An Asian black bear was seen climbing into a small vehicle at the Gunma Safari Park, northwest of Tokyo, and attacking park employee Kiyomi Saito, 46.


China calls on Nepal's factions to unite

BEIJING • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said yesterday he hoped all political factions in Nepal would unite and promote stability, after Nepal sent an envoy to Beijing to clear up questions over the future of bilateral agreements.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe