Asia Briefs: Malaysian police nab 12 over kidnapping case

Malaysian police nab 12 over kidnapping case

IPOH • Malaysian police have arrested 12 suspects in connection with the kidnapping of a 17-year-old in Penang, including a woman believed to be working for a Singapore auxiliary police force.

The victim was abducted from his home in Taiping, blindfolded, bound and taken to Butterworth, Penang, some 90km away on Sept 2.


Penang braces itself for another round of floods

GEORGE TOWN • Penang braced itself for another round of floods after hours of lashing rains yesterday.

The Fire and Rescue Department warned that the Sungai Pinang river had reached the "danger" level of 2.2m, and that predicted high tides could bring flash floods.

There were several landslides in the areas of Balik Pulau and Batu Ferringhi, which hampered access on some roads. More than 100 people in Teluk Kumbar were evacuated as a precaution.


Indian guru, 70, charged with raping devotee, 21

NEW DELHI • Indian police have booked a Hindu spiritual guru on charges of raping a 21-year-old woman devotee inside his religious compound near the national capital.

A senior police official said yesterday that a case has been registered against 70-year-old self-styled god-man Kaushlendra Prapanacharya Phalahari Maharaj, after the woman lodged a police complaint in her home state of Chhattisgarh in eastern India against him.


Malaria superbug poses threat to Vietnam

BANGKOK • Vietnam's national first-line malaria treatment is failing at an alarming rate due to a highly drug-resistant superbug that has spread from western Cambodia to southern Vietnam, scientists said yesterday.

In a letter published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the scientists said the spread of the superbug across the entire Mekong sub-region is a serious threat to malaria control and eradication efforts, adding that this public health emergency must be tackled urgently.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe