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Taiwan issues yellow travel alert for Sabah, Malaysia

2013/03/05 19:55:47

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday it has raised the level of its travel warning for Lahad Datu, Sabah in Malaysia to "yellow," following an armed clash in the region.

A clash between Filipino followers of a self-proclaimed sultan and Malaysian security forces took place in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, causing death and injury to several people and sparking concerns over public security, the ministry said.

The violent stand-off occurred in Lahad Datu near the Malaysian Scuba-diving resort of Sipadan. To ensure the safety of Taiwan's tourists traveling abroad, the ministry decided to raise the level of its travel warning for the Malaysian area to "yellow," while maintaining a "grey" travel advisory for other areas in the country.

A "yellow" travel warning reminds people to pay special attention to personal safety while traveling to affected areas and to reconsider any plans to travel to these areas.

The ministry said it will continue to keep a close watch on the development of the incident and provide updated travel information for local people. Businessmen and tourists in Malaysia are advised to contact Taiwan's representative office in the country if they encounter an emergency situation.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.L. Kao)