Envoy: Sabah pretty safe


  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Mar 2003

BY MUGUNTAN VANAR

KOTA KINABALU: US ambassador to Malaysia Marie T. Huhtala described Sabah as “pretty safe” after a four-day official visit and gave an assurance that the travel advisory to American citizens to avoid Sipadan is under constant review. 

“It seems to be a pretty safe place, most parts of the state,” said Huhtala after she walked through the city’s busy Gaya Street Sunday market. 

Asked what she meant by “most parts of the state,” the ambassador said the United States had a travel warning on Pulau Sipadan in view of the cross-border kidnappings that took place in April 2001. 

“We warn Americans to be careful everywhere. It’s not such a safe world anyway now. As far as Sabah is concerned, Sipadan is the only area we singled out,” she said. 

SHOPPING:Huhtala buying a wooden basket at the Gaya Street Sunday market yesterday during her four-day official visitto Sabah.

“But, you must know that we have an obligation to American citizens of any danger that is out there. We have to do it all around the world, including Sipadan,” she said. 

Huhtala, who visited Mount Kinabalu and Sandakan among other places, said she personally found Sabah very beautiful and plans to make a return trip.  

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