1. Six bombs explode in Bangkok as city hosts major security summit
  2. Thousands of civil servants rally in Hong Kong, kicking off another weekend of extradition bill protests
  3. Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake strikes Sumatra
  4. ECRL Committee shortlists 331 potential bidders

Six bombs explode in Bangkok as city hosts major security summit

Six small bombs exploded at three locations in Bangkok on Friday, injuring four people and rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting that includes top diplomats from the United States and China. The first small explosions were heard during rush hour, just before 9am local time, at two sites in central Bangkok. Further blasts hit a government complex hosting several ministries in the north of the city. Police said two suspects have been arrested. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said no Malaysians were injured in the series of explosions. The ministry advised Malaysians travelling to or residing in Thailand to remain vigilant and pay close attention to personal safety at all times, particularly those in Bangkok.

 

Thousands of civil servants rally in Hong Kong, kicking off another weekend of extradition bill protests

Thousands of civil servants have gathered in Hong Kong’s business district to urge their employer, the embattled government, to address protesters’ demands over the extradition bill crisis. Civil servants, who were joined by residents from different sectors, took to the streets despite the administration’s stern warning a day earlier that they had to remain politically neutral and have “total loyalty” to the city’s leader, or risk consequences. Just hours before the unprecedented rally on Friday evening, the city’s deputy leader Matthew Cheung Kin-chung warned workers on the public payroll not to “do things in contrast with the government’s views”. But many civil servants said, using online platforms, that they were undeterred from making their voices heard. After about 2½ hours, the rally in Edinburgh place has come to an end. People are leaving peacefully.

 

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake strikes Sumatra

An earthquake of magnitude 7 struck off Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, which the USGS said had hit at a depth of 59km, about 227km from the city of Teluk Betung on the island. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualti

ECRL Committee shortlists 331 potential bidders

A total of 331 out of 1,321 Malaysian construction companies have been shortlisted as potential tenderers for civil work packages of the planned RM44 billion 640-km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), which is expected to link Kota Bharu to Putrajaya in about four hours, said project and asset owner Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL). Minister of Finance Inc’s wholly-owned subsidiary MRL said in a statement today that calls for local contractors to submit their tenders will start in the fourth quarter of 2019 following submission of pre-qualification (pre-Q) documents in the end of May this year. “From the 331 construction companies that qualified as potential tenderers, the CIDB G7 category made up the largest number with 164 entities followed by CIDB G4 with 69 entities. The remaining came from CIDB G3 with 45 entities while G5 and G6 categories made up 33 entities and 20 entities respectively,” MRL said.

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