Asia Briefs: Ex-minister charged over 'offensive' remarks

Ex-minister charged over 'offensive' remarks

KUALA LUMPUR • Former Malaysian Cabinet minister Zaid Ibrahim has claimed trial in a Sessions Court here to using offensive remarks in urging Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down from office.

Datuk Zaid, 64, was charged with using the Web with intent to hurt the feelings of others.


Uber, GrabCar services face brief ban in Manila

MANILA • A Philippine regional court yesterday ordered a 20-day temporary halt on the operations of ride-sharing companies like Uber in Manila.

The court blocked permission for Uber and its competitor GrabCar to ply the capital's streets, pending a hearing next week to decide on a petition to ban them in the city.


Abu Sayyaf man linked to kidnappings arrested

MANILA • A suspected extremist linked to the kidnapping of several Malaysians in the Philippines, including one who was beheaded last month, was arrested yesterday, the military said. Kadaffy Muktadil was arrested on the southern island of Jolo. He is a member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group.


Cars to be allowed only on alternate days in Delhi

NEW DELHI • The authorities in India's capital have said private vehicles would only be allowed on the roads on alternate days starting from next month.

"Particularly in winter, when pollution is high, we will implement odd and even number vehicle operation," said Delhi Chief Secretary K. K. Sharma yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Subscribe