Malaysia: Where Air is Water


The threat from kidnapping remains, according to a travel advisory. Foreign travellers have been kidnapped in the past in Malaysia, and so did locals. On February 10, 2010 two Malaysian seaweed farmers were abducted from Sebangkat Island, off Semporia in Sabah. “You should exercise caution; attacks could be indiscriminate,” said the advisory. Sure, we were discouraged. But it wasn’t because the article dissuaded us (clearly so) from going to our destination in Lahad Datu to meet up relatives; cautioning us that there is particular evidence that criminal groups usually target remote and isolated parts of Eastern Sabah (from Kudat eastwards to Tawau), no. It was particularly because of the dreaded task of packing! Continue reading


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