Asia Briefs: S'pore motorists made to pay JB fines

S'pore motorists made to pay JB fines

JOHOR BARU • Police in the Malaysian state of Johor are chasing Singaporean motorists with outstanding traffic summonses to pay up, the New Straits Times reported.

State traffic police chief Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said drivers who are located will be made to settle their fines on the spot and traffic police will carry wireless credit card readers to facilitate payments.

Some 134,000 summonses issued to Singaporeans remain unpaid.

Thai junta lifts temple restrictions

BANGKOK • Thailand's junta has lifted restrictions on movements at the country's biggest Buddhist temple, a month after police ended a siege of the complex, whose former abbot is accused of money laundering.

"Restriction on the Dhammakaya temple is revoked," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told reporters.

The junta had used its Article 44 emergency law to declare the temple a restricted area and allow security forces to search for Phra Dhammachayo, who is wanted on charges of money laundering and taking over land without permission.

Police have so far failed to find the monk.


Moon pledges extra budget if elected

SEOUL • South Korea's front runner for the country's upcoming May 9 presidential election, Mr Moon Jae In, said yesterday he will immediately push to have a supplementary budget drafted if he is elected.

In a speech on his economic pledges, Mr Moon said he will aim for investment in 10 key sectors and expects to create over 500,000 new jobs per year on average.

Mr Moon did not specify an amount for the pledged supplementary budget.


HK police find $16m in fake euro notes

HONG KONG • Hong Kong police have found a haul of fake euro notes with a face value of more than HK$16 million (S$2.9 million) at a five-star hotel, the South China Morning Post reported. The haul was found stashed away in the false ceiling of a 16th floor room at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in Tsim Sha Tsui by an employee. Police have yet to make an arrest.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe