Asia Briefs: Tiananmen museum to close in Hong Kong

Tiananmen museum to close in Hong Kong

HONG KONG •The world's first museum dedicated to China's Tiananmen Square crackdown is to close its doors in Hong Kong, with organisers saying they believe they are being targeted for political reasons.

The June 4 Memorial Hall breaches regulations because its premises, housed in a commercial building, should be used only for offices, according to legal documents seen by AFP.

The museum, run by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which also organises the city's huge Tiananmen anniversary vigil each year, was launched in 2014.

Half of its more than 20,000 total visitors have come from mainland China.


Bag row: HK flight crew union plans protest

HONG KONG •A flight crew union in Hong Kong is calling on flight attendants, pilots, and even stopover passengers to join a rally against the government's handling of a controversy over a piece of luggage belonging to Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying's daughter.

Mr Leung last week denied pulling rank on airport staff to bypass security rules to deliver a piece of left luggage to his younger daughter, who was at the boarding gate.

But the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation said yesterday it was "extremely disappointed and angry" that Civil Aviation director-general Norman Lo had so far refused to fully explain the matter, reported South China Morning Post.

The group announced it would hold a rally at the airport's arrival hall between 3pm and 6pm on Sunday, and would provide more details today.

Malaysia school hit by mass hysteria to close

KOTA BARU • A school that has allegedly been struck by at least 50 cases of mass hysteria among pupils and teachers will close today.

The closure came after many students claimed to have seen supernatural beings in the school since last Monday. The school administration has not commented on incidents.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Subscribe