IGP: US should withdraw travel advisory on Malaysia - Nation

KUNAK (Bernama): The travel advisory issued by the United States, with Malaysia in the "K" list of countries with risks of kidnapping and hostage-taking, should be withdrawn, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.The Inspector-General of Police said it was very disappointing as the travel advisory issued by the United States was without basis.“In terms of security control, Malaysia is always serious and prepared to face any possibilities.“At the moment, we are focusing on the east coast of Sabah and the Royal Malaysia Police are working closely with other security agencies,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Kunak police headquarters here on Thursday (April 18).He was accompanied by Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.Mohamad Fuzi said the travel advisory issued by the United States did not match the number of tourist arrivals to Malaysia, including to the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), which had increased from time to time.“The travel advisory somehow affects public confidence, including of foreign tourists, to come to Malaysia, especially the coastal areas,” he added.He added that Malaysian police were actively monitoring the encroachment of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) into the country following the Islamic State militants' plan to make Sabah a transit point before going to the southern Philippines.He, however, said the situation is under control as continuous operation is being conducted against militants.“Thirteen FTF arrests were made last month, including in Sabah.“We know they want to make Sabah their transit to the southern Philippines, but we will not allow that to happen,” Mohamad Fuzi added.

Source:The Star

April 18, 2019 12:45 UTC

Taiwan quake: Wisma Putra confirms Malaysian injured in rockfall, hospitalised - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra has confirmed that one Malaysian traveller was injured due to a rockfall at Taiwan’s Taroko National Park after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the coastal city of Hualien on Thursday (April 18).The Foreign Ministry also said the victim, who was injured after he was hit by falling rocks when visiting the park, has been admitted to the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital. "Wisma Putra via the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre will continue to monitor the victim in Taipei and will give assistance accordingly," it said in a statement.The Ministry said Malaysian citizens involved in the incident and needing consular assistance are advised to contact the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre at 8th Floor, San Ho Plastic Building, 102, Dun Hua North Road, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.They can also contact +(886) 22713 2626 or the representative officer at +(886) 90574 6271 or email them at mwtaipei@kln.gov.my.Earlier, quoting several Taiwanese media, China Press reported that two Malaysians were injured during a rockfall at the Taroko National Park.A female tourist injured her head, hit by falling rocks, and the lower body of a male tourist was trapped under the rubble at the Lushui Trail of the national park.According to the reports, due to the earthquake, the Lushui Trail in the national park has collapsed.It was reported that the quake struck at about 1pm local time in eastern Hualien, at a depth of about 19km.

Source:The Star

April 18, 2019 11:15 UTC

Dr M: We want to bring back F1, there are lots of motorheads here - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia intends to bring back the Formula One (F1) race, as there is still much interest in the sport, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Dr Mahathir, however, did not mention exactly when the race could make a comeback in the country.“We intend to bring back the Grand Prix, but I don’t know if it’s next year or the year after.“But the interest in Grand Prix is still very big and we want to bring back the race here, because it has stimulated many Malaysians to go into the automotive industry,” said Dr Mahathir when speaking at the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce luncheon here Thursday (April 18).He added that many Malaysians have become “addicted” to motor vehicles and buy all kinds of new motor vehicles.Dr Mahathir said that despite not hosting the international race, Sepang is still bustling, as many go to the racetrack there.“Lots of people come, race there, (they) have motorcycle races there.“And a lot of people buy expensive cars, especially in Singapore.“In Singapore, they don’t have the chance to drive there. When they come to Malaysia, they find that breaking the speed limit here is okay,” he quipped.Dr Mahathir also felt that by having the Grand Prix again, there will be many spectators.“We will be able to get spectators, more than 100,000 people and that will be worthwhile for us.“Besides, when we have the Grand Prix, the television stations will broadcast this all over the world, bringing about 200 million viewers,” he said, adding that it was good advertisement for Malaysia.In 2017, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Malaysia would stop hosting the F1, after the government decided to terminate the hosting contract.Najib then said the decision was made due to a significant decline of returns since Malaysia first started hosting the event in 1999.

Source:The Star

April 18, 2019 10:30 UTC

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