The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane, Rohingya sexual assault claims
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From a missing passenger plane to a police probe on sexual assault allegations by Rohingya women, here are the top news stories to start your day.
1. Missing plane
Thick cloud and mountainous terrain hampered the second day of a search for a plane carrying 10 people which went missing on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, an official said Sunday, October 4.
The Aviastar Twin Otter DHC-6 aircraft carrying 4 adult passengers, 3 children and 3 crew lost contact with air traffic control shortly after taking off from the remote Masamba airport in North Luwu regency en route for the provincial capital Makassar on Friday. Read more.
2. Rohingya sexual assault?
Indonesian police on Saturday, October 3 rejected allegations several Rohingya women were sexually assaulted by local men outside a migrant camp in Aceh province.
Four Rohingya women, aged from 14 to 28, had said they were sexually assaulted by a group of men on Monday evening shortly after sneaking away from the camp, housing members of the Myanmar minority who had arrived as migrants by boat. Lhokseumawe police chief Anang Triarsono said the medical examinations performed on three of the Rohingya women found no trace of sexual assault. Read more.
3. Worsening haze
A swimming event in Singapore did not push through on Saturday, October 3, while a Sunday marathon in Malaysia was likewise cancelled due to haze from agricultural fires on a nearby Indonesian island.
Organizers on Saturday cancelled the first day of the Singapore leg of the FINA World Championships due to the choking haze. Organizers of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon set for Sunday also said it would not be held due to worsening air quality in Kuala Lumpur, which was shrouded in an acrid grey haze from the slash-and-burn fires. Read more.
4. Trade minister on economic reforms
Southeast Asia's top economy has unveiled steps to battle a sharp slowdown, as it comes under pressure with other emerging markets due to a strengthening US economy and turmoil in China. As the Indonesian government continues to reform its economic package, Trade Minister Thomas Lembong sat down with Rappler to talk about what his ministry is doing to increase trust in investors and make conducting business in the country easier than ever. Read more.
5. Death toll at 100
The number of Indonesians killed in a stampede at the hajj rose to 100 on Sunday, October 4 with scores more still missing.
Saudi authorities have yet to provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the 769 pilgrims they say died, but many countries have provided their own individual tolls. Tallies of the dead from foreign officials and media from 24 countries put the dead at 1,036, well in excess of the Saudi figure. Read more. – Rappler.com