Asia Briefs: Malaysia launches unit to curb road fatalities

Malaysia launches unit to curb road fatalities

KUALA LUMPUR • Prime Minister Najib Razak officially launched Bukit Aman's new Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department during Police Day celebrations yesterday. The Malaysian leader said the department is vital to curb the high number of road fatalities in the country.

Datuk Seri Najib also said a counter-messaging centre will be operational by April 1 to tackle terrorism threats.


Japan to scrap sixth reactor since disaster

TOKYO • The Japanese nuclear power operator said yesterday that it would decommission an ageing reactor because of the cost of upgrading, making it the sixth to be scrapped following tougher rules after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Japan is pushing to restart its nuclear reactors, which were shut after the quake-triggered tsunami sent the Fukushima Daiichi plant into meltdown. The country has been forced to turn to pricey fossil fuels to plug the energy gap.


Pakistan protests after arresting 'Indian spy'

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan has lodged a protest with India after arresting a man suspected of being an Indian spy, sparking a new tiff between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The man was arrested during a raid in Balochistan province, said Pakistani media reports, quoting local security officials. He is thought to be an agent with India's Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Malaysia launches unit to curb road fatalities'. Print Edition | Subscribe