Daily Summary, August 2: Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan; the start of the trial of a Singaporean accused of the murder of his wife in the United Kingdom; flash floods hit Johor Bahru


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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday evening (August 2) as part of her ongoing Asia tour. It is the most publicized visit by a US official to the island in 25 years.

Prior to his arrival, China warned that the United States would “pay the price” if Pelosi traveled to Taiwan.

China considers Taiwan its territory and has vowed to one day take the island, by force if necessary.

Before its expected arrival, Chinese warplanes buzzed the line dividing the Taiwan Strait, and several warships remained nearby.

Taiwan’s military said on Tuesday it was “committed” to defending it against heightened threats from China over Pelosi’s potential visit.

Fong Soong Hert, 51, is suspected of murdering his wife in 2021 while they were on vacation in the UK. His wife, Pek Ying Ling, had been found on the bed by police showing no signs of life at the hotel where they were staying in Newcastle. An autopsy concluded that her injuries were consistent with her having been suffocated by a pillow.

The court heard that Fong told officers, “I just snapped. I just wanted her to shut up.”

The trial is expected to last more than a week.

Poultry farmers in Malaysia have welcomed the agriculture minister’s remarks that the country is now in a situation of oversupply and can export chicken to other countries. However, they say they don’t know when the government will lift the chicken export ban.

The Malaysian government had previously banned chicken exports as part of its efforts to tackle supply shortages and rising chicken prices in the country.

A farmer noted that chickens are being sold in some parts of Johor Bahru below the ceiling price of RM9.40 (US$2.10) per kg. “I even saw chicken sold at RM7.50 per kg,” he told CNA.

The CNA has contacted the ministry to inquire whether exports will resume soon.

Several areas of Johor Bahru were affected by flash flooding following heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon. Roads and parking lots were flooded with cars partially submerged in water.

Chief Minister Onn Hafiz Ghazi visited one of the worst affected parking lots to inspect the damage. “I understand today’s heavy rain is heavier than usual. Today’s rainfall is almost 100mm from the normal level of 20mm,” he said.

Recent fare hikes and difficulties in booking private hire cars and taxis in Singapore were due to higher demand for rides as well as fewer drivers, Transport Minister S Iswaran said on Monday 1 august.

Since January 2020, the number of active taxi and private hire car drivers has fallen by 18% to around 57,000 drivers in June 2022, he said, which was due to the drop in demand for point-to-point transportation during COVID. -19 pandemic.

He added that it will take time for the sector to adjust to the increase in demand after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“Applications for professional licenses have increased recently, and some drivers who left the point-to-point sector may gradually return in response to increased demand,” Mr Iswaran said.


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