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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (April 22)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) on Wednesday (April 21) issued a statement, following news reports of a fraudulent investment scheme in Malaysia.
GEORGE TOWN: Police believe at least two investment scam syndicates have planted their roots here with members now busy selling their “products” on social media.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have received at least 15 reports over a bogus oil and gas investment scheme going by the name “Brunei Investment Agency (BIA)”.
London: Brunei is facing unexpected hurdles on a prestigious London property project as the kingdom comes under fire for introducing laws persecuting homosexuals.
LONDON: Travel agents, London’s transport network and finance houses were among a rising number of companies to cut ties with businesses owned by Brunei to protest over the Sultanate’s introduction of the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.The move – which rolled out further Islamic Syariah laws which punish sodomy, adultery and rape with death – prompted a corporate backlash after actor George Clooney and singer Elton John called for a boycott of hotels owned by the country, including the Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES: Beverly Hills is demanding that the Sultan of Brunei sell a hotel in the celebrity-rich US city, after he introduced a penal code incorporating Islamic sharia law, officials said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES: US television star Jay Leno on Monday joined a growing list of celebrities vowing to boycott a luxury hotel chain linked to Brunei's sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.