Asia Briefs: KL wants SOS button for ride-hailing apps

KL wants SOS button for ride-hailing apps

KUALA LUMPUR • Ride-hailing operators in Malaysia will soon be required to install a panic button on their apps, the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) said on Thursday. This came after a string of incidents where passengers using Uber were allegedly attacked by their drivers. Operators are also required to provide their drivers' data to Spad as part of efforts by the government to regulate the industry.


UN post for Chinese minister

BEIJING • Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the next Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

According to a statement issued by the secretary-general's office, the appointment was made on Thursday in New York.


Smoke detected in cockpit of Korean Air jet

TOKYO • Smoke was detected in the cockpit of a Korean Air Lines flight yesterday as it approached Fukuoka Airport in southern Japan. But there was no fire reported and no injuries among the passengers, said civil aviation and transport officials.

All 162 passengers and crew members on board the flight originating from Busan in South Korea disembarked normally, officials said.

The cause of the smoke in the Boeing 737 has not yet been determined.


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