Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur on September 16, 2015

The Malaysian media has reported that a large demonstration is likely to occur in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.  Please be aware that local law prohibits non-Malaysians from participating in public demonstrations.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, or demonstrations.  Monitor local news stations for updates and review your personal security plans.

Traffic may be disrupted throughout the day.  While most demonstrations in Malaysia are peaceful, the U.S. Embassy strongly advises all U.S. citizens to exercise caution, and remain aware of your surroundings, particularly around large crowds, or gatherings.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. For further information: 

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Malaysia Country Specific Information
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, located at 376 Jalan Tun Razak 50400, Kuala Lumpur, and is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you are a U.S. citizen and have any questions or concerns, please call the U.S. Embassy at (030) 2168-4979 or 4997 during normal business hours, or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website.  We will post the most updated information on the website.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (03) 2168-5000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).