Asia Briefs: Hotline for Uber drivers in Klang Valley

Hotline for Uber drivers in Klang Valley

PETALING JAYA • Uber said it has launched an emergency hotline for its drivers in the Klang Valley.

The measure was introduced after Uber drivers faced violence in "a couple of incidents" in Kuala Lumpur and Johannesburg, Uber's global trust head Bhav Bhasin told reporters yesterday. The US-based executive was in Malaysia for a visit.


Indonesian ferry death toll rises to 20

JAKARTA • The death toll from a ferry disaster in central Indonesia has climbed to 20, an official said, though nearly 60 people remain missing five days after the boat sank in rough seas.

Search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told AFP yesterday 13 corpses were found on Wednesday in the southern gulf of Sulawesi island, where the ill-fated ferry sent a distress signal before losing contact at the weekend.


Kansai firm gets nod to restart four N-reactors

FUKUI (Japan) • A court has cleared the way for Kansai Electric Power Co to restart four nuclear reactors, rejecting legal claims against Japan's second- biggest utility to keep the reactors idled over safety fears.

The Fukui District Court yesterday overturned an injunction that has prevented the restart of two reactors at Kansai's Takahama power station, and rejected a request for an injunction to block the restart of two reactors at its Ohi plant, plaintiffs' lawyers said.

The decision paves the way to restart the units in western Japan nearly five years after the Fukushima crisis.


Rhino horn 'trade': North Korean envoy expelled

JOHANNESBURG • A North Korean diplomat has been expelled from South Africa for alleged illegal trading in rhino horns, a South African foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday . "We can confirm that this diplomat has been expelled. He left the country on Dec 11," Mr Nelson Kgwete said.

He said the diplomat was arrested in neighbouring Mozambique in May on charges related to rhino horn smuggling. He was driving a vehicle with a South African diplomatic registration. News24 said he was arrested after 4.5kg of rhino horns and US$99,300 (S$139,400) in cash were found in his car. The news website said Mozambican police released the man on US$30,000 bail.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe