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Wisma Putra warns Malaysians against travelling to Myanmar's Rakhine state

KUALA LUMPUR: Wisma Putra has issued a travel advisory for Malaysians planning to travel to Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise all Malaysians to defer all non-essential travel to Rakhine state, Myanmar,” the statement read.
Wisma Putra also advised Malaysians to take necessary precautions while visiting Myanmar and to be aware of their surroundings.
“Abide by rules and regulations regarding law and orders as imposed by local authorities and to register with the Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon.”
Local tourists can contact the Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon at (00) 951-220-251/ (00) 951- 220- 230; mwyangon@kln.gov.my; or at the address: No. 82, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, Dagon Township, 11191 Yangon.
The travel advisory follows after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had summoned Myanmar's Ambassador to Malaysia U Zaw Myint over the escalating violence in Rakhine state.
In a statement Tuesday, Anifah said Myanmar lacked the will to find a solution to the issue despite repeated calls by Asean member states to do so.
“Though the Myanmar Government has given its assurance to implement measures to solve the problem, the recent incidents of violence as widely reported by the media show that little, if any progress has been achieved," he said.
The latest round of violence in Myanmar erupted following attacks by militants on police posts and an army base on Aug 25, which prompted a major counter-offensive that reportedly killed around 400 people, mostly Rohingya.
The United Nations estimated that 38,000 people had sought refuge in Bangladesh while another 20,000 were amassing along its border, barred from entering the country.
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