Asean Now: Weekly Wrap Ep 75
PETALING JAYA (The Star/NationTV/ANN) - In this week’s Asean Now: Weekly Wrap, a boat carrying 31 people sank off the shores of Sabah in January while more people in Vietnam are contracting the Zika virus after the country’s first case was reported last April.
First up, a boat carrying 31 people sank off the shores of Sabah an hour after departing from the Tanjung Aru jetty at 9am on January 28. A total of 28 Chinese tourists and three crewmembers were onboard the catamaran when it capsized.
Next, notorious serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah will be closely monitored by police after he is deported to Malaysia from Canada, said Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Moving on to Indonesia, the country’s controversial Nazi-themed café has closed due to a lack of customers. Next, Philippine police have suspended their anti-narcotics operations to focus on “cleansing their ranks” of crooked cops. Lastly, in Singapore, SMRT taxi driver Mohamad Nazaruddin picked two passengers on Monday but ended dropping off three people at a nearby hospital.
Over in the lower Asean region, more people in Vietnam are contracting the Zika virus after the country’s first case was reported last April. Next, three major mobile phone operators in Cambodia are competing to be the first to provide the country with 4G internet services. Meanwhile, amidst the construction boom in Yangon, a budget was proposed to upgrade its parks and playgrounds. Laos’ tourism authorities are preparing to launch a new campaign called “Visit Laos Year 2018” to promote the country’s tourism next year. Lastly, Miss Thailand Universe 2016 Chalita Suansane received a warm welcome at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 31 after making it into the final six at the Miss Universe competition in the Philippines.