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Put off Thailand visit, ministry advises M'sians
Publication Date : 23-05-2014
Malaysians have been advised against going to Thailand following the military coup there.
“Malaysians should postpone their visit at the present moment,” Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after meeting his Turkmenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in New York yesterday.
A spokesman for the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok said officials were assessing the situation and determining how best to advise Malaysians staying there.
A 10pm-to-5am curfew has been announced by the Thai military.
“Everyone here is anxiously waiting for more details from the Thai army about the coup,” he told The Star yesterday.
The military invoked martial law on Tuesday and had earlier denied that the move was an attempt to seize power.
Malaysians already in Thailand were advised to avoid potential hotspots where supporters of rival political parties had gathered in the past.
They were also told to be vigilant and follow the latest developments via the mass media.
A total of 596 Malaysians in Thailand had registered with the embassy in Bangkok as of Tuesday.
So far, there had been no reports of Malaysians being affected by the new developments in Bangkok.
Malaysians who require consular assistance can contact the embassy at 33-35 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, 10120 Bangkok.
They can also call +662 629 6800 (during office hours) or +6687 028 4659 (after hours) or e-mail email@example.com.
Yvonne Lim, 27, a Malaysian assistant news editor at Asia News Network, said things were calm in her area of the city. However, there was a sudden increase in the number of soldiers in the streets yesterday.
Lim, who lives in Bangna, a predominantly “Red Shirt” area, said there was an increase of military personnel, although there were fewer when martial law was declared on Tuesday.
“Earlier in the day, several soldiers came to my office but I am unsure why they came,” she said, adding that she has been staying in Bangkok for the past year.
Lim said she wanted to talk to the soldiers and take pictures of them.
“But at the same time, I also wanted to pack my bags and leave town,” she added.