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Malaysia Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Apr 09, 2001

The Department reiterates its concern about attacks by members of the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf terrorist group on parts of the Malaysian State of Sabah. The Abu Sayyaf terrorist group continues to have a presence in the Southern Philippines and remains a security threat to areas of Malaysia close to that part of the Philippines. The Department's April 5 Public Announcement for the Philippines indicates there is a concern that the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group may take additional action against U.S. citizens and other foreigners. The group is under attack by the armed forces of the Philippines at this time. Since September 2000, the Government of Malaysia has increased the number of police and military personnel deployed in the southeastern part of Sabah. It has also placed small detachments in various places, including the islands of Sipadan and Pandanan where armed gunmen kidnapped hostages on April 23 and September 11, 2000. However, the region is remote and large in area, and assistance in security matters may not be readily available. U.S. citizens traveling to southeastern Sabah should be aware of the persistence of threats from the Abu Sayyaf group, and should exercise extreme caution if they travel to that region, including the region around Semporna and Tawau, or to the offshore islands, including Sipadan and Pandanan. U.S. citizens traveling in this region of southeastern Sabah in Malaysia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. As the U.S. Embassy is quite distant from this region, U.S. citizens may wish to contact the Embassy by telephone at 60-3-2168-5000, or by e-mail at For further general information on travel to Malaysia, consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet at http://travel.state.gov. This Public Announcement replaces the Public Announcement for Malaysia dated January 11, 2001, to extend its validity and to provide updated security information. It expires on August 6, 2001.

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