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Malaysians provided info to Filipino Kidnappers
SEMPORNA (Malaysia) -- Malaysians were believed to have provided information to the Filipino Muslim rebels who seized 21 people from a resort island off Borneo, police chief Norian Mai said yesterday.
'We have confirmed that there was local involvement in the hostage taking,' Mr Norian told reporters on a visit here.
'The local involvement is by way of some people providing certain information to the kidnappers. We have detained seven people to help us in our investigation.'
Mr Norian clarified that only seven people were detained this week and not 10 as reported earlier, adding that more may be arrested. Police said these were boatmen and former resort workers.
He added that the Philippine authorities were trying to communicate with the captors but were not yet successful, adding it would take time to establish a direct contact.
'Progress towards securing the release is limited. There is no substantial development,' he said.
'We have to depend on Philippine's initiative. We are giving whatever intelligence we have to them. The real operation to secure the release is done by the Philippines.'
He said he had no news of any ransom being made and dismissed local reports on Thursday claiming eight of the hostages had been released, as 'rumours'.
He stated that Malaysia had intensified sea patrols since the incident late Sunday.
Security along the Sabah coast had been beefed up with personnel stationed in 10 islands since 1996 after several cases of pirate robberies in Semporna, which is 45 minutes away by boat from Sipadan.
Written Aug 26, 2002
American Citizens Cautioned
TOURIST KIDNAPPED BY MUSLIM REBELS
KUALA LUMPUR -- The US yesterday warned citizens travelling to the region of eastern Malaysia, where 21 people were taken hostage this week, to be careful and 'keep a low profile'.
The US Embassy in Malaysia's capital said it was unclear who had abducted the 21 people, including 10 foreign tourists, from Sipadan island off Borneo in Malaysia's state of Sabah.
It was also not clear if the attack was 'terrorist or criminal in nature', it said.
'In view of this incident, US citizens considering travel to Sipadan and the adjacent areas of Tawau and Semporna on the Sabah mainland are urged to review their security procedures, to remain vigilant to their surroundings and to exercise caution,' it said. -- Reuters
Written Aug 26, 2002
KUALA LUMPUR -- Five people were killed, 37 injured and 153 arrested in four days of clashes between residents in a racially-mixed district near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian police said on Sunday, although local residents claimed the death and injury toll were higher.
Hundreds of paramilitaries, riot police and regular officers -- reinforced by officers from two other states -- were patrolling districts around Jalan Klang Lama in Petaling Jaya, south-west of Kuala Lumpur.
Two police helicopters were also monitoring the area.
Among the 96 weapons seized so far were eight home-made bombs, machetes, knives, samurai swords, catapults, chains, steel pipes, batons and axes, said deputy national police chief Mohamad Jamil Johari.
'The situation is under control and calm now,' said Mr Jamil on Sunday morning, quoted by Bernama news agency.
He said four of the 37 injured were in a serious condition. Those hurt were slashed on Saturday and early on Sunday in separate districts of Petaling Jaya. One of the dead was an Indonesian.
At least three of those killed and 34 of the injured were ethnic Indian, police spokesman Benjamin Hasbie said. Of those arrested, 88 were ethnic Malays, 56 were ethnic Indian and the others were Indonesians living in Malaysia.
The fighting had origins in a row last weekend between an Indian funeral procession and Malays celebrating a wedding. According to stories circulating in the area, a drunken Indian man kicked over a chair at the Malay party, leading to the fighting.
Mr Jamil said that almost 700 people -- regular police, volunteer police and ambulance personnel -- were stationed in the area.
Authorities in the multiracial nation played down the ethnic nature of the battles. Racial clashes have been rare in Malaysia over the past three decades.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that the fights were unplanned.
'There were no racial clashes but when people start spreading rumours that Indians are attacking Malays, then people come out and it happens,' the Star newspaper quoted him as saying on Saturday.
'It is not like what happened in Indonesia,' the Sun quoted him as saying.
Dr Mahathir said action would be taken against rumour-mongers blamed for fomenting the clashes. He described the situation as under control
Written Aug 26, 2002
Although I love KL, it has to be one of the most confusing, strangely laid out cities I have ever been in. Pay close attention when travelling on foot, especially if you want to get anywhere :) I advise carrying a map, but it doesn't really help that much. Just be careful or be prepared to get lost...
Written Aug 24, 2002
good idea to provide drinking water stations at the airport
somehow, having a sign reminding people not to spit
puts one off the drinking fountain!!!!
Written Aug 24, 2008
I came around a corner when I suddenly stood a few inches off a free fall into the sewer system...so watch your steps, especially at night!
Updated Mar 24, 2008
Here is a zoom out Garbage Curse photo for you to see how the entire situation is when I was there. I always have digital camera with me, quickly I have it under my collection of bizarre pix.
Written Dec 6, 2004
Please do not step on the flowers.
These flower beds are near Petronas Towers but the same goes for any bed of flowers or the grass.
Updated Jul 22, 2004
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