Foreign ministry raises travel warning on Sabah

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Mar 07, 2013 - Page 5

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised the travel warning for Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia, to “yellow,” following armed conflict in the area.

Clashes between the Filipino followers of the sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III, and Malaysian security forces in Sabah on Borneo Island have resulted in deaths and injuries, sparking concern over public security, the ministry said.

The clashes have taken place in Lahad Datu near the Malaysian scuba-diving resort of Sipadan.

To ensure the safety of Taiwanese tourists traveling abroad, the ministry raised the travel warning for Sabah to “yellow,” while maintaining a “gray” travel advisory for other areas in the country.

A “yellow” travel warning is a reminder for people to pay special attention to personal safety when traveling to affected areas or to reconsider any plans to travel to these areas.

The ministry said it would continue to keep a close watch on developments in Sabah and provide travel updates.

Businesspeople and tourists in Malaysia are advised to contact Taiwan’s representative office in the country if they encounter an emergency situation.