Defer non-essential travel plans to Hong Kong: Wisma Putra

by TMR/ AFP PIX

WISMA Putra urges Malaysian travellers to defer non-essential travelling plan to Hong Kong due to escalating protests in the country recently.

AFP reported that thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to Hong Kong’s streets Friday, defying a warning by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as a campaign of mass disruption extended into a fifth straight day.

Black-clad protesters also occupied university campuses, while office workers endured another day of transport chaos with suspensions on the vandalised train network and roads blocked by barricades.

Chinese state media continued to pile on the pressure on Friday, calling for tougher action from the government and indicating a curfew was still on the cards.

In a statement, Wisma Putra said Malaysians in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) may be affected by the ongoing demonstrations and protests.

“Malaysians in Hong Kong SAR meanwhile are advised to avoid any demonstrations areas and take all necessary precautions to ensure personal safety,” the ministry said in a statement today.

“Malaysians are advised to remain vigilant, be aware of surroundings and continue to monitor the latest developments via local news or announcements issued by the local authorities.”

Wisma Putra further said that disruptions to movement and public transportation could take place without notice, thus Malaysians in Hong Kong SAR are strongly advised to register with the Consulate General of Malaysia in Hong Kong SAR via email.

For those requiring consular assistance and services may contact the Consulate General of Malaysia at +852 2821 0800 / +852-6900-6390 [WhatsApp/WeChat] after office hours or refer to the consulate’s social media account at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MALAYSIAinHongKongMacao and Twitter: https://twitter.com/MYCGHKSAR.

Alternatively, they can email at [email protected]