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Malaysians should postpone non-essential visits to Thailand: Foreign Affairs Ministry

In the wake of the Thai military coup, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs early on Friday morning (May 23) advised all Malaysians to "postpone any non-essential visits to Thailand for personal safety and security reasons".

KUALA LUMPUR: In the wake of the Thai military coup, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs early on Friday morning (May 23) advised all Malaysians to "postpone any non-essential visits to Thailand for personal safety and security reasons".

The was followed by a notice from its Singapore counterpart later the same day asking Singaporeans to "seriously reconsider visiting Thailand at the moment". Full story at: http://cna.asia/1jIJfpb

In a press release sent shortly after midnight, the Malaysian ministry issued its advisory based on developments on Thursday, in which a military junta seized control of Thailand and declared a 10pm to 5am curfew across the country.

It said in the statement: "Malaysia maintains the position that we hope that all parties continue to work towards finding a peaceful solution to the issues presently facing the country and hopes for the situation to return to a state of normalcy in the near-term.

"In view of these latest developments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise Malaysians to avoid travelling to Thailand. They should consider, for the time being, postponing any non-essential visits to the region for personal safety and security reasons.

"The Ministry wishes to advise Malaysians who are presently in Bangkok for personal safety and security reasons to abide by the curfew presently imposed.  It is also advisable to maintain sufficient stocks of food and water at home."

"Malaysians are also advised to remain vigilant and to monitor closely the developments by following the news from the local and international media (print and electronic).  So far there have been no reports of Malaysians who have been adversely affected by these latest developments in Thailand."

"Any Malaysians requiring consular assistance may contact the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok at +662 629 6800 or +6687 028 4659 after office hours, or via email at malbangkok@kln.gov.my."

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