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Malaysia: Travel Warning Issued

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

An incident in mid-November on the resort island of Pom Pom off the eastern coast of Sabah prompted an alert from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid all but essential travel to islands off the coast between Sandakan and Tawau. The popular dive resort island of Sipadan is included in this alert. The [read more]

Malaysia: Security Conference Intended to Insure Visitor Safety in Hotels

Date: April 11th, 2012 | No Comments

Though Malaysia has largely been spared from the scourge of terrorism, hotels in the nation are taking proactive steps to insure the safety of visitors. The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) hosted a conference with government and security officials to discuss ways to guard hotels from attacks and insure overall safety. MAH has boasted a [read more]

Malaysia: Dengue Fever Cases Doubled over Last Year

Date: January 29th, 2009 | No Comments

Dengue fever cases have doubled since last year, prompting health officials to urge the public to be more vigilant about eliminating breeding areas in and around homes rather than relying on municipal pesticide campaigns. Authorities reported more than 4,000 cases and 12 deaths in the first three weeks of the year, with two deaths and [read more]

Malaysia: Racial Tensions Concern Military Leader

Date: September 11th, 2008 | No Comments

Racial tensions have been flaring to the point where the head of the armed forces warned the government to calm them or run the risk of threatening the nation’s security. The general was concerned that should tensions be allowed to simmer they could lead to chaos. The issue has been heating up since elections in [read more]

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Hotels 98 Percent Full

Date: August 15th, 2007 | No Comments

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur have an enviable problem: 98-percent occupancy rates that are making it hard for visitors to find rooms. To avoid difficulties, the Tourism Ministry is encouraging tourists to stay in cities near the capital such as Shah Alam, Nilai and Seremban. The shortage will be particularly acute around the hosting of the [read more]

Malaysia: Conflict in Borneo Prompts Travel Warning

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

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, [read more]

Malaysia: U.S. Sees Threat at Sabah’s Isolated Resorts

Date: January 20th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur warned Jan. 15 that it has received indications that criminal and terrorist groups may be planning attacks on foreigners in eastern Sabah, a Malaysian state on the northeastern side of Borneo. The warning said the places of greatest concern were resorts in isolated areas, including Semporna, the islands of [read more]

Malaysia: Malacca to Increase Tourist Police Unit

Date: October 29th, 2008 | No Comments

Authorities intend to enlarge Malacca’s Tourist Police Unit from 34 officers to 54 and increase the command structure from one inspector to seven senior officers. The unit, established by police in 1985, now has five mounted patrols and six bicycle patrols. The upgrade was prompted by UNESCO granting World Heritage Site status to Malacca in [read more]

Malaysia: Tighter Security at Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport; Crackdown on Luggage Thieves at Hotels

Date: May 21st, 2008 | No Comments

A specially trained police force is now patrolling Kuala Lumpur’s international airport in response to an armed robbery in April that saw bandits make off with $1 million worth of Singaporean currency. The robbers wounded five people when they held up two currency exchange workers. The new force of 141 officers is now on round-the-clock [read more]

Singapore: Dengue Fever on the Rise

Date: July 4th, 2007 | No Comments

Dengue fever is spiking in Singapore and surrounding countries, with the infection rate similar to that of the dengue epidemic of 2005. This year Thailand has seen more than 11,000 cases and Indonesia 68,000, but Malaysia has the highest infection rate in the region with more than 20,000. Singapore’s rate with nearly 3,000 cases is [read more]

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