Briefs, February 4, 2013
Police question former nuclear safety chief
TOKYO - Police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body about possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, reports said. Prosecutors interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission, who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, broadcaster NHK said. Fukushima residents have filed a criminal complaint against Madarame, alleging he was responsible for a delay in announcing data predicting how radiation would spread from the crippled nuclear power plant. AFP
Thai policeman nabbed for ivory smuggling
BANGKOK - A Thai policeman was arrested after he was caught trying to smuggle 20 elephant tusks, officials said. The haul was discovered when the suspect - in plain clothes but driving a police van - was stopped at a checkpoint in the southern province of Chumphon on Saturday, said police Colonel Chalard Polnakarn. Ivory from Africa is often smuggled into Thailand and passed off as coming from Thai elephants, conservationists say, as a legal loophole allows the trade in ivory from domesticated elephants. AFP
Malaysian politics go 'Gangnam Style'
KUALA LUMPUR - South Korea's Psy will perform his famous Gangnam Style dance at an event organised by Malaysia's ruling coalition, an official said, as the bloc tries to attract young voters. Psy was to perform the hit at a Lunar New Year party on Penang on February 11, said Loh Hock Hun from the Malaysian Chinese Association, part of the ruling National Front coalition. The organisers hope to attract 60,000 people, including the incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak. People under 40 make up 40 per cent of Malaysia's electoral roll. AFP