Asia Briefs: PAS won't join opposition pact

PAS won't join opposition pact

PETALING JAYA • Parti Islam SeMalaysia's (PAS) newly appointed spiritual leader has dismissed the possibility of joining an opposition pact that includes its former allies.

In a recent interview with the party's news organ Harakahdaily, Mr Hashim Jasin said PAS would also have no qualms facing the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in three-cornered fights in the next general election.

PAS has effectively cut all ties with the DAP and blamed it for initiating the break-up of opposition alliance Pakatan Rakyat. THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Woman attacked by tiger to sue park

BEIJING • A woman who was dragged away by a tiger at a wildlife park in China in July is seeking 2 million yuan (S$412,000) in compensation.

Local media reported that the 32-year-old, surnamed Zhao, plans to sue Beijing's Badaling Wildlife Park for not properly informing her of the dangers of stepping out of her car.

This, despite the park requiring visitors to sign a form where they agree to lock their car doors, not feed the animals and never get out of the car, according to the Beijing Times.

Ms Zhao's mother was mauled to death by a second tiger while attempting to rescue her daughter.

KL investigates 37 immigration officers

KUALA LUMPUR • Some 37 immigration officers are reportedly being investigated in Malaysia for tampering with travel data to ease the passage of foreigners into and out of the country.

Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, said an unnamed police source has revealed that the officers pocketed a total of RM18 million (S$6 million) in two years through the scheme. They reportedly received between RM200 and RM2,500 as commission for each job. The 37 immigration officers were arrested between February and early this month.

Pakistani actors barred from Indian films

NEW DELHI • A top Bollywood movie mired in controversy for featuring a Pakistani actor will open as scheduled in India after an industry body agreed to ban actors from across the border in future.

A hardline Hindu nationalist party had threatened to attack cinemas that showed prominent Indian director Karan Johar's film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, as tensions run high between New Delhi and Islamabad. But the Film and Television Producers Guild of India has now promised to bar Pakistani actors in future under a deal brokered between the sides on Saturday.

The movie is set for release next week before the Diwali Hindu festival of lights.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe