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Newsline: China embassy to probe claims of Chinese tour guides operating in Malaysia

The Chinese embassy in Malaysia will investigate allegations of Chinese national tour guides operating in the country, especially in Langkawi and Penang, Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian said, Bernama reported. Commenting on media reports quoting local tour guides that more and more Chinese tour guides were operating in Langkawi and Penang, thus affecting their income, Mr Bai said: “I just learned of this. I will direct the Chinese Consulate in Penang to investigate the allegation.” “In principle, we reject actions that affect the local tourism industry,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Plantation and Commodity Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/china-embassy-to-probe-claims-of-chinese-tour-guides-operating-in-malaysia

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Newsline: Malaysian arrested in Cambodia over embassy row

A 49-year-old Malaysian was arrested by municipal immigration police after he caused a disturbance at the Malaysian embassy in Phnom Penh. Noun Boreth, a municipal immigration police officer, identified the man arrested as Felix Melvile Emmund, a Malaysian tourist. He said that yesterday morning at about 7am, Mr Emmund went to the Malaysian embassy, where he informed officials that he had lost his passport. While seeking help, Mr Emmund became upset because embassy officials were not being cooperative, claiming that it was the second time he had lost his passport. “He was angry at the officials at the embassy for not solving his problem,” said Mr Boreth. “He then made trouble at the embassy, disturbing their work. “The officials at the embassy reported him to the chief of municipal police for intervention,” he added. “He was later arrested by our police.” He added that after his arrest, the suspect was sent to the immigration department at the Ministry of Interior for questioning, where he remains.

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50105185/malaysian-arrested-over-embassy-row/

Newsline: Malaysians in China urged to register with embassy

Malaysians here have been urged to register with the embassy so they can be updated on developments back home and be reachable in case of emergencies. “Whether you are studying or working here, you should register so we can keep you informed of news from back home, such as the recent registration of postal voters,” Malaysian Ambassador to China Datuk Zhainuddin Yahya said at the inaugural Gong Xi Raya celebration. Some 250 Malaysians attended the event, organised by the Malay­sian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (Maycham), the only official business chamber re­­presenting corporations and businesses in the country.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/29/malaysians-in-china-urged-to-register-with-embassy/

Newsline: Malaysian Embassy to Open in East Jerusalem

Deputy Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that his country would open an embassy in occupied East Jerusalem. Speaking to local media, the prime minister said that the cabinet would, next month, discuss a proposal by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for Malaysia to follow Turkey in opening an embassy in east Jerusalem to recognize the city as the Palestinian capital. Turkey said last week it would open an embassy in east Jerusalem once the world recognizes an independent Palestinian state, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

http://imemc.org/article/malaysian-embassy-to-open-in-jerusalem-pm-leads-protest-of-trump-move/

Newsline: Man charged for sparking fire at embassy in Washington, vandalizing another

A man was arrested and charged after allegedly vandalizing the Embassy of Austria and setting a fire at the Embassy of Malaysia in Northwest Washington, D.C. Versie Segers is accused of throwing an incendiary device, including an alcohol-soaked T-shirt, over the fence of the Embassy of Malaysia on Saturday. Court filings reveal that Secret Service agents assisted dousing the fire. Shortly afterwards, a burglar alarm was set off at the Embassy of Austria. Shattered glass and a large rock were discovered toward the back of the embassy, an affidavit said. Harm to the Embassy of Malaysia building is minimal, a spokeswoman told NBC Washington. The ambassador does not live in the building, but 60 people do work there. Segers faces charges on two counts for violating the property of a foreign government. No injuries were reported.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/man-charged-for-sparking-fire-at-embassy-vandalizing-another/article/2639943

Newsline: Airport video shows North Korean embassy official with Kim Jong Nam murder suspects

An North Korean embassy official and a manager of Air Koryo, the national airline, met suspects wanted for the killing of Kim Jong Nam shortly after the murder, according to video recordings shown at the trial in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, and four men who are still at large, have been charged in the murder of the half-brother of the country’s leader, using banned chemical weapon VX at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13. Defense lawyers have said Siti Aisyah and Huong were duped into thinking they were playing a prank for a reality TV show. The four suspects, who were caught on airport camera talking to the women before they attacked Kim Jong Nam, were identified as North Koreans for the first time on Monday, a month since the trial began. Three of them were seen meeting a North Korean embassy official and the Air Koryo official, both unidentified, at the main airport terminal within an hour of the attack, lead police investigator Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court. North Korea has vehemently denied accusations by South Korean and U.S. officials that Kim Jong Un’s regime was behind the killing.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-court/airport-video-shows-north-korean-embassy-official-with-kim-jong-nam-murder-suspects-idUSKBN1D60W9

Newsline: Malaysia mulls shuttering embassy in North Korea

Malaysia may end diplomatic relations with North Korea over its continued military aggression, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today. He said the position was adopted after consulting with US President Donald Trump during Najib’s visit in September, and following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, here. “I have stated that Malaysia has taken all steps to abide by all United Nation resolutions relating to the North Korean threat, including the reduction of Korean diplomatic officers in Malaysia. “We are considering our bonds with North Korea including cutting political and economic relations. Malaysia is considering closing our embassy in Pyongyang and moving it to Beijing,” Najib said today in Parliament. He reiterated that Malaysia discontinued the visa-free arrangement with North Korea following the diplomatic row over Jong-nam’s murder.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pm-malaysia-mulls-shuttering-embassy-in-n.-korea