Malaysians in Washington told to remain vigilant


MALAYSIANS in Washington and nearby areas were told to remain vigilant, avoid protest areas, and adhere to guidelines and safety instructions imposed by the local authorities following the issue of security concerns in the US capital.

The Malaysian Embassy in the US said this is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Malaysians, in line with the guidelines issued by authorities in Washington.

“So far, the embassy has not received any reports from Malaysian citizens concerning the (security) issue.

“Nevertheless, the embassy in Washington, the consulate general offices in New York and Los Angeles will continue to monitor developments and will advise Malaysians, including students, as and when necessary,” the embassy said in a reply statement to Bernama via WhatsApp.

The embassy said this when responding to media reports of planned protests in all 50 US state capitals in the final days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan 20.

The embassy, however, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had underscored that the news is mostly speculation and that the relevant authorities in the US are enhancing the security ahead of the inauguration to ensure public safety.

“Overall, the security situation in Washington and the US at large is under control.

“The state of emergency was approved by US President Donald Trump at the behest of the mayor of Washington, to seek financial assistance from the federal government.

“With the support of federal agencies, Washington would be able to better prepare for Biden’s inauguration on Jan 20, 2021,” it added.

It was widely reported that on Jan 6, a group of Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol building, clashing with police, damaging property, seizing the inauguration stage and occupy- ing the rotunda. The unrest took place after Trump urged his supporters to protest the legitimising by Congress of what he claims was a stolen election.

The embassy said to date, it has not received any reports of Malaysian students having difficulties with access to food or basic necessities.

It added that the relevant student affairs departments at the embassy are also in touch with the students and will reach out to assist them wherever necessary.

Those in need of consular assistance from the embassy or consulate-general offices may contact via email: [email protected] my or [email protected] or telephone: +1- 202-572-9700.

The contact details of the Malaysian consulates in the US are: Consulate General of Malaysia in Los Angeles Telephone: +1.213.892.1238, email: [email protected] my and Consulate General of Malaysia in New York Telephone: +1 (212) 490 2723, email: [email protected]. — Bernama