Asia Briefs: Jokowi's Cabinet could include Golkar

Jokowi's Cabinet could include Golkar

JAKARTA • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo yesterday said he may consider including members of new political parties in his Cabinet in a future reshuffle.

"It is in process," Mr Joko said in an interview at the presidential palace, adding that erstwhile opposition parties like Golkar, which is the second-biggest in the country, may be featured in a new line-up.


Collapsed building: Developer quizzed TAINAN • Taiwan prosecutors have grilled the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as they detailed flaws in the construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.

The court took developer Lin Ming-hui and two employees into formal custody late on Tuesday.

"The suspects are being questioned further today," a Tainan court spokesman said yesterday.


Hackers target three Japanese websites

TOKYO • Three Japanese websites have stopped working as hackers claiming affiliation with hacking collective Anonymous step up attacks to protest against the country's whale hunting.

Japan External Trade Organisation's website appeared to be down for some users yesterday.

The websites of the National Tax Agency and Japan Securities Finance were also down.

An unnamed Twitter user claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous took responsibility for the website crashes, according to tweets posted yesterday.


Orphanage director jailed for abuse

PHNOM PENH • A Cambodian orphanage director who once crusaded against child abuse has been jailed for three years for committing "indecent acts" against children in his care.

Hang Vibol, 46, the director of Our Home orphanage in Phnom Penh, has been in custody since his arrest last year on charges of abusing 11 children. He was a director of a non-governmental organisation called Action Pour Les Enfants, which hunts down suspected paedophiles in Cambodia .


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Jokowi's Cabinet could include Golkar'. Print Edition | Subscribe