Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, November 25, 2016

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016  The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia advises U.S. citizens that there will be a demonstration in front of the Myanmar Embassy on Friday, November 25, 2016 beginning at approximately 2:00PM. The Myanmar Embassy is located on Jalan Ampang Hilir,  near the small traffic ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2016

The Malaysian media has reported that a large rally is likely to occur in Kuala Lumpur starting the morning of Saturday, November 19. The coalition of civil society groups known as Bersih has stated its intention to assemble supporters at the National Mosque and the Maybank Tower at Jalan Bangsar and walk toward Merdeka Square ...
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Typhoid Outbreak

The Ministry of Health Malaysia has reported 32 confirmed cases of typhoid since August in the following areas of Kuala Lumpur: Titiwangsa, Kepong, Pantai, and Cheras. No fatalities have been reported. Typhoid is a communicable disease and there is a vaccination for it that is recommended by the CDC prior to travel to Malaysia. You ...
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Avoid Jalan Alor on September 24, 2015

Based on credible threat information regarding a potential terrorist act, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur advises U.S. citizens to avoid Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor (Alor Street) and the immediate surrounding areas, on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  For all other locations, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution ...
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Unhealthy Air Conditions in Malaysia

According to the Malaysian Department of Environment, many areas throughout Malaysia are currently suffering from air pollutants (haze) in the “unhealthy” or “very unhealthy” ranges caused by smoke from burning in Indonesia and Malaysia. Updated information on air quality levels in Malaysia may be obtained from the Department’s website (in English) at:  http://apims.doe.gov.my/v2/.  Air quality is ...
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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 ...
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Updated Security Info on Travel to Eastern Sabah

Following the May 14, 2015 kidnapping of two Malaysian nationals from a restaurant outside the city of Sandakan, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review important security information regarding travel in the eastern coastal region of the Malaysian state of Sabah. The targeted areas are detailed in our most recent Malaysia Specific Information-Threats to ...
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Alleged Drugging of Foreign Nationals in Local Nightclub

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has become aware of several foreigners who have been targets of an alleged drugging incident in a nightclub in Kuala Lumpur. As a result of this incident, the U.S. Embassy has restricted embassy personnel from frequenting The Beach Club located on Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. Embassy ...
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ASEAN Meetings in Kota Kinabalu, January 27, 2015

The U.S. Government urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meetings from January 27-28, 2015. Extremists view large gatherings of foreign dignitaries as attractive targets for potential terrorist attacks. As such, U.S. citizens should be especially vigilant in and around venues ...
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Flooding in Central and East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Due to heavy rainfall, the coastal and river areas of the Malaysian states of Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan are severely flooded and flood waters continue to rise. More than 10,000 residents in these regions have been evacuated, including the resort guests in the Taman Negara National Park. U.S. citizens are advised to defer travel to ...
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U.S. Embassy Encourages Increased Vigilance for International Schools

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in 16 Muslim countries, including Western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. ...
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Security Reminder on Travel to Eastern Sabah

The Embassy remains concerned that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) may target U.S. citizens for kidnapping near the coastal resorts and islands in Eastern Sabah. These areas are detailed in the Safety and Security section of the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Malaysia. The full text is included in this message. The U.S. ...
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Travel to Coastal Eastern Sabah

The Embassy has received renewed information that extremist groups continue to plan kidnapping for ransom operations near the coastal resorts and islands in Eastern Sabah, particularly during the last days of Ramadan. The targeted areas are detailed in our most recent Malaysia Specific Information-Threats to Safety and Security. The full text is included in this ...
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Planned Demonstration at Merdeka Square, Thursday, May 1, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has learned from local police and social media that a group of protestors are planning a demonstration related to domestic political issues.  The protest is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Merdeka Square.  The protestors may begin gathering at 10:00 a.m. in ...
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Warning Against Travel to Coastal Eastern Sabah and Islands

Malaysian authorities have confirmed the kidnapping of two women, a foreign tourist and a hotel employee, on April 2, 2014, from a water village resort off the coast of the town of Semporna in Eastern Sabah. Police are investigating the incident and no further details are available at this time. The Department of State recently ...
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Avoiding Snatch Theft

Snatch theft and pickpocketing are the most commonly reported crimes in Malaysia and all of us are at risk. Thieves on motorcycles or leaning out of car windows typically snatch handbags, necklaces, and mobile phones from unsuspecting pedestrians. Snatch thieves on motorcycles have been known to drive through “red” traffic signals and onto sidewalks to ...
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