Asia Briefs: Netizens criticise new Chinese WWII movie

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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Netizens criticise new Chinese WWII movie'. Print Edition | Subscribe