Asia Briefs: Former Malaysian A-G retires

Former Malaysian A-G retires

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail retired yesterday after a career spanning 35 years. He turns 60 today, the mandatory retirement age for civil servants, the Malaysia Insider news site said.

He was unexpectedly replaced on July 28 when he was part of a multi-agency task force investigating troubled state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd and the RM2.6 billion (S$836 million) which was channelled into Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's private account.

Another reporter killed in India

LUCKNOW (India) • Gunmen have shot dead a television journalist, the latest in a string of killings in recent months of reporters in the country, police said yesterday.

Reporter Hemant Yadav, who worked for Hindi news channel TV 24, was returning home in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday when he was shot by unknown assailants on a motorcycle.

Sub-inspector Raj Kumar Singh said it appeared to be a case of revenge, as Mr Yadav was reportedly active in taking up the causes of locals who approached him.


Pacquiao plans to run for Philippine Senate

MANILA • Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said yesterday he plans to run for a post in the 24-seat Philippine Senate despite a lacklustre stint as a congressman.

He announced he would run in May 2016, but did not reveal under which party.

While still hugely popular, Mr Pacquiao has been criticised for being one of the legislators with the most absences.


Tornadoes in China kill seven, injure 200

BEIJING • Tornadoes spawned by a typhoon that battered southern China have left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured, Chinese media reported yesterday.

Typhoon Mujigae, which landed in Guangdong province on Sunday, injured 223 others, Xinhua news agency said.

Deaths and injuries were reported in Guangdong as well as neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the report said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Former Malaysian A-G retires'. Print Edition | Subscribe