Caution on Thai travel
EMERGENCY: Postpone trips to Bangkok, southern Thai
provinces, says ministry
KUALA LUMPUR: THE Foreign Affairs Ministry has
advised Malaysians to avoid travelling to certain parts
It issued a travel advisory yesterday, cautioning
citizens to not venture into Bangkok and the southern
Thai provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut
"Following the bomb explosions in Bangkok since Jan 15
and the emergency decree declared by the caretaker
government of Thailand on Jan 21, Malaysians should
consider postponing non-essential visits to the region
for personal safety and security reasons for the time
The ministry advised Malaysians already in the
affected region to closely monitor and follow
instructions issued by Thai authorities.
The advisory said those who needed assistance could
contact the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok at
+662-629-6800 during office hours and +6687-028-4659
after working hours.
The Thai government had, on Tuesday, imposed a 60-day
state of emergency, allowing security forces to impose
curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media,
ban political gatherings of more than five people and
declare areas off-limits.
Nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in two
months of protests in Bangkok. The protests are against
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the run-up to
the Feb 2 elections there.
Protesters have rejected the call for polls, with the
opposition Democrat Party boycotting it.
Protesters are demanding that Yingluck resign to make
way for an appointed government to implement reforms to
The protest sites have been hit by a series of
attacks, with both sides saying the other was
On Sunday, dozens of people were wounded when two
grenades exploded at one of the sites.
Two days earlier, one man was killed and dozens wounded
in another grenade attack.
The protests have also been plagued by drive-by
Source: NST, 23 January 2014