Netizens criticise new Chinese WWII movie
BEIJING• Social media users blasted a new Chinese film yesterday for portraying revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as vital to a summit he never attended.
The Cairo Declaration - an upcoming World War II movie produced by a company affiliated with China's military - is part of a host of government-directed events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender.
Yingluck questions junta-led charter
BANGKOK • Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday raised questions about a Constitution drafted by military rulers, adding her voice to a chorus of concern about provisions in the charter that critics say is undemocratic.
A junta-appointed council is due to vote next month on whether to accept or reject the draft Constitution, with a rejection meaning more work and a delay to an election the military has promised for late next year. REUTERS
Malaysia's new Islamist party named
KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's new Islamist party, to be launched at the end of the month, will be named Parti Amanah Rakyat, or Amanah, the Malaysian Insider reported yesterday, citing an anonymous source.
Leaders of the New Hope Movement, a non-governmental group comprising former leaders of opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia, yesterday finalised the name, logo and colour of Amanah, which means "trust", the source said.