Malaysians in Washington DC told to avoid protest areas


Taking no chances: Workers putting up security fencing in preparation for Biden’s inauguration in Washington, DC. — AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians in Washington DC and nearby areas were told to remain vigilant, avoid protest areas and adhere to guidelines and safety instructions there.

The reminder from the Malaysian embassy in the United states came following the issue of security concerns in the capital.

‘’This is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of Malaysians, in line with the guidelines issued by authorities in Washington DC.

“So far, we have not received any reports from Malaysian citizens concerning the (security) issue.

“The embassy in Washington DC, as well as the Consulate General offices in New York and Los Angeles will continue to monitor developments and will advise Malaysians, including students, as and when necessary, ” it said in a reply statement via WhatsApp.

The embassy was responding to media reports of planned protests in all 50 US state capitals in the final days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan 20.

It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had underscored that the news were mostly speculation, and that the relevant authorities in the US were enhancing the security ahead of the inauguration to ensure public safety.

“Overall, the security situation in Washington DC and the US is under control.

“The state of emergency was approved by the US President (Donald Trump) at the behest of the Mayor of Washington DC to seek financial assistance from the federal government.

“With the support of federal agencies, Washington DC would be able to better prepare for the inauguration, ” the embassy added.

It was widely reported that on Jan 6, a group of Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol building, clashing with police, damaging property, seizing the inauguration stage and occupying the rotunda.

The unrest took place after Trump urged his supporters to protest the legitimising by Congress of what he claimed was a stolen election.

The embassy said to date, it has not received any reports of Malaysian students having difficulties with access to food or basic necessities.

It added that the relevant Student Affairs Department were also in touch with the students and would reach out to assist them.

Those in need of consular assistance from the embassy or Consulate General offices can email to mwwashington@kln.gov.my / consularwdc@kln.gov.my or call +1 (202) 572 9700.

The contacts of the Malaysian Consulates in the US are: Consulate General of Malaysia in Los Angeles Telephone: +1 (213) 892 1238, email: mwlosangeles@kln.gov.my; and Consulate General of Malaysia in New York Telephone: +1 (212) 490 2723, email: mwnewyork@kln.gov.my. — Bernama

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