MANILA – Amid the standoff in Sabah, the Malaysian government has advised its citizens in the Philippines to take extra precaution, a report by Malaysian news agency Bernama said.
The report, quoting a statement from the Malaysian foreign ministry, said the Malaysian embassy in Makati and the consulate-general in Davao City are now coordinating with Philippine authorities to ensure the safety of Malaysians in the Philippines.
The foreign ministry of Malaysia issued this statement on Tuesday as protesters trooped to the Malaysian embassy to denounce the violence in the disputed territory.
Around 30 people have been killed since clashes began last Friday in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
"The Malaysian Foreign Ministry expresses its utmost appreciation to the Government of the Philippines, in particular the Philippine National Police, for providing necessary security protection to the Malaysian Embassy in Manila and the consulate-general in Davao City."
The Philippines has also requested clearance from Malaysian authorities to open a corridor that will allow Filipino women and non-combatants in Sabah to leave.