KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is demanding its name be removed from the list, and for an American envoy to provide clarifications. In all, 35 countries were tagged with a K indicator, including Malaysia, the Philippines, and Bangladesh, alongside Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and others.
According to The Business Insider MY, the list published in a statement on Tuesday (April 9) by the US foreign ministry, introduced a “K” indicator on its travel advisories. The indicator identifies countries with “risks of kidnapping and hostage taking by criminal and terrorist actors”.Under Malaysia’s travel advisory, Sabah was specified as a region with increased kidnapping risks.Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Sunday (April 14) that it strongly protested the country’s inclusion on the “‘K’ list”. Criticizing the travel advisory as lacking objectivity, the ministry urged the US to remove it from the list, and said it would summon the US envoy to Malaysia for clarification.-The Business Insider Malaysia