Asia Briefs: New hot spots in Riau province

This file picture taken on Sept 17 shows fires burning at a concession area in Pelalawan, Riau province.
This file picture taken on Sept 17 shows fires burning at a concession area in Pelalawan, Riau province.PHOTO: AFP

New hot spots in Riau province

PEKANBARU • The Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency's Pekanbaru station in Riau province in Sumatra has reported the emergence of new hot spots indicating land or forest fires across the province over the past few days, despite the rainy season that has been taking place during the past month.


Panel 'will not reveal data on Najib's donor'

PETALING JAYA • The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has said it will not reveal details about the identity of the donor of the RM2.6 billion (S$850 million) that was deposited into the personal bank account of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, because it is prevented from doing so under the law.


3 policemen killed in gunmen raid in Papua

JAKARTA • Gunmen shot dead three Indonesian police officers and stole weapons and ammunition during a raid on a police post in Papua, an official said yesterday, in the most serious attack on security forces in the insurgency-hit province since 2013. Another policeman was wounded in the attack late on Sunday on the post at Sinak, in the mountainous Puncak district, Papua police said.


Hun Sen seeks law against opponent

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed yesterday to create a new law banning political party leaders from holding dual nationality, a move targeting his arch-rival who has fled overseas. The nation has been plunged into a political crisis after an arrest warrant was issued last month for opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who has a Cambodian and a French passport.


MAS probe on differing flight plans

KUALA LUMPUR • A Malaysia Airlines spokesman said yesterday that an Auckland-to-Kuala Lumpur flight on Christmas Day that was told to head south instead of north to its destination was given two differing flight plans that both originated from the airline, and it was investigating the matter.

Media reports said that eight minutes into the flight, the pilot asked Auckland air traffic control why the flight had been instructed to head south instead of north.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe