Asia Briefs: Oil tanker sinks off Johor; six missing

Oil tanker sinks off Johor; six missing

PETALING JAYA • An oil tanker sank in Johor waters after an explosion on board and six of its Indonesian crew members are missing.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it received information on the incident from the Singapore Police Coast Guard at about 5am yesterday that the MT Putri Sea could not be contacted by the tanker's agent.


Proof that Abe helped friend set up school?

TOKYO • Japan's education ministry yesterday said it found documents that could back up opposition parties' suspicion that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his influence to unfairly help a friend set up a business.

The Asahi newspaper reported earlier it had obtained documents showing that the Cabinet Office had told the education ministry that Mr Abe wanted a new veterinary school run by a friend to be approved.


Penang gang attack's teen victim dies

GEORGE TOWN • A teenager who was allegedly beaten up, burnt and sodomised during an attack by a group of young men in Bukit Gelugor, Penang, died at the hospital yesterday.

T. Nhaveen, 18, was severely injured and declared brain dead after he and a friend were assaulted at a food stall last Saturday.

Malaysian police have so far detained five suspects aged between 16 and 19 for investigations, the Bernama news agency reported.

Pilots of missing jet found dead in forest

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia has found two air force officers dead in a north-eastern forest after their fighter jet went missing during a training exercise, according to the air force.

Authorities lost contact with the British-made Hawk 108 fighter jet half an hour into the exercise yesterday.

The bodies of the two jet pilots - Major Hasri Zahari and Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof - were found with their parachutes unfurled in a swamp in the state of Terengganu.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe