Asia Briefs: Mahathir should be out of hospital 'soon'

Mahathir should be out of hospital 'soon'

PETALING JAYA • Former Malaysian prime minister and now opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad should be discharged from the National Heart Institute in a few days, said his daughter Marina Mahathir.

She said that although she did not see her father on Sunday, she was told by her mother, Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, that he was fine.

The 92-year-old Pakatan Harapan chairman was admitted to hospital last Saturday for a chest infection after a bad bout of cough.


Manila may buy arms from China, Russia

MANILA • The Philippines may turn to non-Western defence manufacturers, including China and Russia, to acquire 16 helicopters after it had to scrap a US$233 million (S$309 million) deal with Canada, Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday.

Mr Lorenzana signed the Canadian helicopter deal last week at the Singapore Air Show, but Ottawa ordered a review after learning the aircraft would be used in anti-rebel operations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped the deal last Friday because of conditions imposed by Canada, telling his generals not to buy from the United States and Canada because of conditions imposed on arms sales.


Sensors to prevent sudden infant death

TOKYO • Daycare centres in Japan's metropolitan areas, which are facing a serious staff shortage, have begun to use sensors to monitor sleeping infants and prevent sudden deaths.

Such a move is intended to help the few caregivers detect abnormalities early, and also reduce the psychological pressure on them to check frequently the breathing as well as sleeping posture of babies, Kyodo News agency reported yesterday.

In 2016, there were 13 cases of children dying at nursery schools in Japan, of which 10 occurred when they were sleeping, according to the Cabinet Office.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe