KUALA LUMPUR - The flood situation in the east coast of the peninsula worsened on Friday afternoon, even as the number of evacuees climbed to 42,626, up from 37,136 the day before.
According to national news agency Bernama, Pahang bore the brunt of the monsoon with people heading to relief centres in eight districts.
Kuantan saw the most people displaced, while smaller numbers were reported in Pekan, Rompin, Maran, Jerantut, Lipis, Temerloh and Bera.
A state police spokesman told Bernama that several main roads were remain closed as water levels reached up to a metre.
GENEVA/NUSA DUA, Indonesia (REUTERS) - The first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organisation is ready for agreement by ministers from the body's 159 member countries later on Friday, sources involved in the talks said.
DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) - Seven store employees were killed in the southern Philippines when a paint shop burned down while they were sleeping inside, the provincial police chief said on Friday.
MANILA (AP) - The Philippines has condemned an Al-Qaeda style attack by a suicide car bomber and heavily armed gunmen on Yemen's Defense Ministry complex that killed 52 people, including seven Filipinos.
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai opposition protesters were preparing Friday to relaunch their campaign to overthrow the government after a temporary truce in the strife-hit capital for the birthday of the country's revered king.
More people accused of non-capital offences will benefit from Government-funded aid, Law Minister K. Shanmugam announced on Friday.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela "embodied the best of the human spirit", Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam said on Friday.
Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew paid tribute to Nelson Mandela in a condolence letter to his widow on Friday, calling him "an inspiration to an entire generation".
Participants at next year's Men's Health Urbanathlon can expect new and more difficult obstacles coming their way.
6 December 2013
POLITICAL PARALYSIS: Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same