SINGAPORE (AP)-Thousands of people who migrated to Australia from Singapore and Malaysia
are returning home because of the worst recession down under since the "Great
Depression," according to the Business Times. The report said 6,440 Malaysian
and 3,700 Singaporean migrants returned home last year in an outflow that has been
increasing since 1988, when Australia's economy began to slow after the government
raised interest rates.
Most emigrants from Southeast Asia initially moved to Australia in search of investment
opportunities and better jobs.
Ghana to Hold Elections
ACCRA, Ghana (AP)-Ghana's first presidential election in 13 years will be held Nov.
3, official Ghana radio said recently.
Ghanaian voters approved the military's plan for a return to civilian rule in an
April referendum. Its ban on party politics was lifted in early May.
Many parties have threatened to boycott the elections because the referendum bars
prosecution of anyone in Lt. Jerry Rawlings' government. And the military has ordered
political parties not to use the names of any parties that existed before Rawlings
seized power in a coup Dec. 31, 1981.
The opposition parties tried unsuccessfully to have a court block the rules, saying
they were part of a plan to make it impossible for the new parties to operate. They
said Rawlings' goal is to manipulate the process to stay in power.
Rawlings has refused to say whether he will run in the presidential elections, slated
for Dec. 8.
Indonesia May Buy Scuds
JAKARTA, Indonesia ( AP)- Indonesia may buy scud missiles from the former Soviet
Union to strengthen its defense system.
"We are collecting data on weapons that we are going to buy and scud missiles
are one of the considerations," the daily Kompas newspaper quoted Air Force
Chief Siboen as saying last month.
Indonesia and other countries in the region have begun bolstering their militaries
recently, partly to compensate for the closure of U.S. bases in the Philippines.
Siboen has said Indonesia is currently negotiating the purchase of two squadrons
of "Hawk" fighters from Britain.