Saifuddin: We hope positive response from US soon over removal of Malaysia from 'K' list

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Apr 2019

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah

KUANTAN (Bernama): Malaysia hopes the United States will remove the country from the “K" list of travel advisory issued by the US State Department as soon as possible, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic).

“We hope Washington will change it immediately, although we understand that each country has its own travel advisory. We too have our own travel advisory.

“Anyway, we have lodged our protest (against the indicator) and hope to get a favourable decision soon as it's not good for our tourism sector,” he told reporters after launching the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Prime Minister's Department's (JPM) Sports Carnival at Wisma Belia Indera Mahkota here Friday (April 19).

On Wednesday (April 17), Wisma Putra summoned US ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdir to hand over the government's protest note regarding the indicator, which was issued on April 9.

The US State Department listed Malaysia and 34 other nations as countries with “risks of kidnapping or being taken hostage by criminals and terrorists”.

Meanwhile, Saifuddin said that Malaysia's Choo Yip Chean, 40, was in stable condition after suffering from injuries in the earthquake which hit the Hualien county in Taiwan on Thursday (April 18).

“I was told by our officer who visited him that he also has insurance coverage. However, we will ensure he receives the best treatment,” said Saifuddin. - Bernama


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