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Malaysia: Conflict in Borneo Prompts Travel Warning

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | March 6th, 2013 | Trackback

Following a violent insurgency that occurred March 1-3, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has advised its citizens to avoid travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah (Borneo). The Malaysian government has dispatched armed forces to the area and there is potential for more violence. The warning includes the towns of Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. Travel in and around Lahad Datu has been restricted by local authorities, and military checkpoints are in place. While there are no specific threats toward foreign citizens, the Embassy reminds those who may be traveling in eastern Sabah to carry their passports with them at all times, and to observe evacuation, curfew and other orders issued by local officials.

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