Asia Briefs: Fears over Cambodian lese majeste law

Fears over Cambodian lese majeste law

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia's Parliament yesterday unanimously adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy as rights groups expressed concern that the legislation, in effect in neighbouring Thailand, could be used against critics of the government.

Those found guilty would face between one and five years in prison and a fine of between US$500 (S$660) and US$2,500.


Jakarta demands justice for dead maid

JAKARTA • The Indonesian government has demanded that justice be upheld for Ms Adelina Lisao, an Indonesian maid who died after allegedly suffering abuse from her employers in Penang, Malaysia.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday she had coordinated with the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia and the Indonesian Consulate-General in Penang to demand justice and compensation for the dead migrant worker's family

The 21-year-old died on Sunday after reportedly being tortured for more than a month and forced to sleep outside with the family's rottweiler dog.


Flavoured meth drinks 'widely available'

IPOH • Sachets containing flavourings mixed with methamphetamine are being widely sold at entertainment centres in Malaysia, authorities have said.

National Anti-Drugs Agency enforcement assistant director Zolkifli Mohd Dom said the contents of the sachet can be easily consumed.

"The sachets have pictures of their respective flavours. It looks similar to three-in-one beverage packets. Users just have to mix the contents to drink it," he said on Tuesday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe