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Malaysia urges citizens to be careful in Philippines

Malaysia has urged its citizens travelling to the Philippines to exercise caution, following the Manila government's declaration of a national emergency.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 16:17 IST

Malaysia on Saturday urged its citizens travelling to the Philippines to exercise caution, following the Manila government's declaration of a national emergency.

"The Philippines has declared an emergency. I hope Malaysians who want to go the Philippines will obtain the latest information on the situation," Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said.

"If it is safe, then it should not be an obstacle for their visit," he added.

Syed Hamid also urged Malaysians who are already in the Philippines, to avoid places where mass protests are held, to ensure their safety.

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo had proclaimed a national emergency on Friday and ordered the arrest of military officers and civilians allegedly involved in a plot to overthrow her government.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 16:17 IST