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Cablegate: Malaysia: Welcome Codel Chambliss

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FM AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9834
INFO RUEHHI/AMEMBASSY HANOI IMMEDIATE 0835
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK IMMEDIATE 3102
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UNCLAS KUALA LUMPUR 001304

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SUBJECT: MALAYSIA: WELCOME CODEL CHAMBLISS

REF: A. STATE 114984
B. STATE 114589
C. STATE 114012

1. Embassy Kuala Lumpur warmly welcomes Codel Chambliss to Malaysia,
as scheduled from August 26 to 28.

2. Embassy control officer is Embassy Officer Michael Zikes,
Telephone: (603) 2168-4895; Fax: (603) 2168-5165; Cellular: (60)
12-339-3138; E-mail: zikesmk@state.gov.

3. Hotel reservations have been made at the Hotel JW Marriott, 183
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel : (603) 2715
9000 Fax : (603) 2715 7000.

Malaysia Security Threat Assessment:


A. Crime: Malaysia's overall crime rate is medium and violent
crimes involving tourists are relatively uncommon. Most criminal
activity directed against foreigners is limited to non-violent
crimes such as petty theft, credit card fraud, and residential
burglary. Purse snatchings are common, and usually perpetrated by
thieves on motorcycles or in cars who grab purses and then speed
off. These thefts occur at all hours and often in front of large
groups of witnesses. Women walking by themselves or with small
children are the most common targets. People have been injured or
killed by being pulled to the ground by their purse straps as the
thieves speed off. Purses or shoulder bags should be closed and
tucked under the arm and the strap held, but not wrapped around your
arm or shoulder. If your bag is grabbed, immediately let go of it
and do not put up a struggle. To avoid becoming the victim of a
purse snatching, be alert and aware of your surroundings. Walk
facing traffic, preferably with a group of people, and avoid poorly
lit streets and narrow alleys. If possible, walk on the sidewalk
away from the curb. Keep a low profile and do not carry large sums
of cash or wear expensive jewelry. If possible, leave wallets or
purses at home and just carry necessary cash and ID in a front
pocket.

Credit card fraud continues to be a problem in Malaysia. Travelers
should avoid using credit cards, if possible. Credit card numbers
should be closely safeguarded at all times. Visitors are encouraged
to bring traveler's checks to pay hotel bills directly.
Unfortunately, the Embassy Cashier does not have sufficient cash
reserves to support cash payment of hotel bills for visitors. ATM
machines are prevalent throughout Malaysia and there have been few
reports of fraud connected with their use. Travelers, however,
should only use ATM machines co-located with a bank. ATM users
should also exercise the same types of caution using ATMs as in the
U.S. Personal checks can be cashed at the Embassy Cashier for
daily operational needs.

If you need emergency police assistance, contact the Royal Malaysia
Police by dialing 999 or 03-2115-9999. The Fire Brigade can be
reached by dialing 994.

B. Terrorism: Travelers should consult the Department's Consular
Information Sheet for updated information concerning travel to
Malaysia, especially if travel to the coastal areas of eastern Sabah
or Southern Thailand is planned. Travelers should also be aware of
the Department's periodic Worldwide Cautions re-emphasizing that US
citizens abroad may be targets of terrorist actions. The Consular
Information Sheet and Public Announcement are available on the
Department website at http://travel.state.gov.

C. Vehicle safety: Vehicles in Malaysia are right-hand drive and
traffic moves on the left side of the road. Traffic in Malaysia is
heavy, especially in and around the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Motorbikes weave in and out of traffic, posing a hazard for both
drivers and pedestrians. Laws against drinking and driving are
strictly enforced with stiff penalties. There have been recent
incidents of road rage from individuals in the aftermath of
accidents. You should avoid escalating any confrontations if you
are involved in an accident.

D. Criminal penalties: Many criminal penalties are quite severe in
Malaysia, and they are enforced uniformly. Firearms offenses carry
strict penalties. There is a mandatory death penalty for drug
trafficking.

E. Airline restrictions: Malaysia, as well as many other countries
in Asia and around the world, has imposed restrictions on liquids in
carry-on luggage. Travelers should check on the current guidance at
the airports they are transiting and departing from prior to packing
their carry-on bag.

F. Emergency contact information: U.S. citizens are encouraged to
register with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The Embassy can be
contacted by telephone at (603) 2168-5000, or by e-mail at
klconsular@state.gov. If you need security assistance please
contact the RSO at 2168-5111 or 2168-5033. After hours, contact the
Marine Security Guard at Post One at 2168-4959. For other
after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy duty officer at
(012) 218-4691.


LAFLEUR

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